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Apart from the
, no other American band had as great an impact on folk-rock and country-rock -- really, the entire Californian rock sound -- than
. The group's formation is the stuff of legend: driving on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles,
spotted a hearse that
was sure belonged to
, a Canadian he had crossed paths with earlier. Indeed it was, and with the addition of fellow hearse passenger and Canadian
on bass and ex-
on drums, the cluster of ex-folkys determined, as
had just done, to become a rock & roll band.
wasn't together long -- they were an active outfit for just over two years, between 1967 and 1968 --but every one of their three albums was noteworthy. Their debut,
, including their sole big hit (
' "For What It's Worth"), established them as the best folk-rock band in the land barring
was a bit more folk and country oriented.
, their second album found the group expanding their folk-rock base into tough hard rock and psychedelic orchestration, resulting in their best record. The group was blessed with three idiosyncratic, talented songwriters in
(the last of whom didn't begin writing until the second LP) yet they also had strong and often conflicting egos, particularly
. The group, who held almost infinite promise, rearranged their lineup several times,
leaving the group for periods and
fighting deportation, until disbanding in 1968. Their final album clearly shows the group fragmenting into solo directions.
Eventually, the inter-personal tensions and creative battles led to a perhaps inevitable split, starting with Young's departure for a solo career. He would later reunite with
Crosby, Stills, & Nash
, joining the trio once a decade for various projects. In addition to
released solo albums and worked with a nother band,
stayed together, forming the country-rock group
left after three albums to team up in a duo with
and teamed with
in the Souther Hillman Furay Band before pursuing a solo career. Rumors of a
reunion circulated for years --
even hinted at it with the song "Buffalo Springfield Again" --and it finally happened in the fall of 2010.
for a pair of shows at Young's annual Bridge School Benefit in the fall of 2010. It wasn't a complete reunion, since
had died in 2004 and Martin passed in 2009, but the three singers used bassist Rick Rosas and drummer Joe Vitale to fill in. The same configuration played six concerts in the spring of 2011, but reportedly did no studio work.
Richie Unterberger & Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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