Monday, July 4, 2016

Buffalo Springfield – Stampede



Buffalo Springfield – Stampede
(soniclovenoize reconstruction)


Side A:
1.  For What it’s Worth
2.  Mr. Soul
3.  We’ll See
4.  Pretty Girl Why
5.  Down To The Wire
6.  Everydays

Side B:
7.  Sell Out
8.  My Kind of Love
9.  No Sun Today
10.  Bluebird


Happy Fourth of July!  What better way to celebrate the birthday of Murica with a bunch of expat Canadians who sang about the unfair treatment of peaceful protesters by the uptight US government!  This is a reconstruction of the unreleased Buffalo Springfield album Stampede.  The brainchild of more their label than the actual band, Stampede was to be released in the summer of 1967 to capitalize on Buffalo Springfield’s hit “For What It’s Worth”.  Due to internal band conflict—namely ego battles and the departure of vocalist/guitarist Neil Young and bassist Bruce Palmer—the album never materialized and instead the fractured Buffalo Springfield Again was released at the end of the year.  This reconstruction attempts to recreate what Stampede could have been, particularly focusing on full-band recordings rather than the assemblage of nearly-solo tracks as heard on the eventual Again.  This reconstruction is presented in mono and all songs are volume adjusted and sequenced for a cohesive whole.  And of course, as much Neil as possible! 

After a bidding war over the young Los Angeles band with stars in their eyes, Buffalo Springfield recorded their self-titled debut album and released it at the conclusion of 1966.  Although a powerhouse in the local LA scene, the album and its lead single "Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing" made little impact.  It wasn’t until lead singer and guitarist Stephen Stills witnessed the Sunset Strip Riots in November, in which local law enforcement unfairly cracked down on the counterculture 'loiterers'.  Influenced by the emerging madness and civil unrest of the 1960s, Stills composed “For What It’s Worth”, a cautionary tale of a government policing its citizens who should otherwise have the freedom to peacefully assemble.   Recorded in December, the song was released in January 1967 and hit the Top Ten nationally, becoming a peace anthem as well as eventual history as one of the greatest rock songs of the 20th Century. 

While “For What It’s Worth” was the song that made Buffalo Springfield, it was also the song that destroyed them, as the young band was not ready to attain superstardom so quickly.  Neil Young had to briefly leave the group in January due to epileptic seizures, but returned in time for their first recording sessions of 1967 in New York.  After working on several new compositions for a second album tentatively titled Stampede (Still’s “We’ll See”, Young’s “Mr. Soul” and guitarist Richie Furay’s “My Kind of Love”), Palmer was arrested for marijuana possession and deported back to Canada.  Throughout the next six months, Palmer was temporarily replaced by a number of revolving bass players including: Ken Forssi of Love, Ken Koblum of The Squires, Miles Thomas of The Poor, Jim Fielder of Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Mothers of Invention... and not to mention Buffalo Springfield road manager Dickie Davis who famously mimed the bass parts on a television appearance! 

The band went in and out of several studios in February and March with Fielder on bass.  Although the label thought they were tracking Stampede, the bend felt they were just killing time until the turbulence subsided: Stills’ “Pretty Girl Why”, “No Sun Today” and “Everydays” and Young’s “Down To The Wire”.  In April, the band tracked “Bluebird” with session player Bobby West on bass, as well as more recording and mixing done to the January recording of “Mr. Soul” in attempt to compile a follow-up single to “For What It’s Worth”.  Meanwhile, Atlantic Records capitalized on the success of the top ten hit by re-issuing the band’s self-titled debut album, dropping “Baby Don’t Scold Me” for “For What It’s Worth”.  The move worked and the album shot up the charts, unlike its original configuration several months before.  The label then booked Buffalo Springfield to pose for an album cover photo shoot for the Stampede album they were pressured to be making throughout the turmoil.   While this picture itself became a classic—with Davis posing as the missing Palmer, face obscured—Stampede never did, as the album never was. 

Aside from the missing bassist and thus a lack of a solid foundation, a second variable was at play: Neil Young.  In-fighting had developed between Stills, Young and Furay, all vying to edge their compositions into the band, resulting in each member essentially producing the sessions for their own songs.  By June, Palmer was able to return to Buffalo Springfield but Young had already left, attempting a solo career free of the Buffalo Springfield.  Young was temporarily replaced by Doug Hastings of The Daily Flash and then briefly David Crosby of The Byrds.  More studio works was done to ‘kill time’ during the summer: Furay’s “A Child’s Claim To Fame” and Stills’ “Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman” and “Hung Upside Down”.  Buffalo Springfield’s trajectory had only increased after playing Monterey Pop Festival and the band was surprised to find that Neil wanted to rejoin.  Unfortunately the damage was already done and by August the band realized they needed to deliver an album to Atlantic.

Oddly enough, the fractured and reassembled Buffalo Springfield scrapped most of the material recorded throughout the tumultuous year, and instead cobbled together an album mainly consisting of solo recordings.  Chosen was: the Palmer-less “Bluebird” and “Everydays”; the Young-less “A Child’s Claim To Fame”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman” and “Hung Upside Down”; Young offered his own recordings of “Expecting To Fly” and “Broken Arrow” originally meant for his short-lived solo album; Furay offered his own recordings of “Sad Memory” and “Good Time Boy” (the later which was sung by drummer Dewey Martin and session musicians filling out the rest of the instrumentation!).  Only “Mr. Soul” featured all of the classic Buffalo Springfield lineup.  Despite being full of fantastic material, Buffalo Springfield Again was incongruent and was hardly Buffalo Springfield as a band.  Are these faults something we can correct?

Many people have theorized and reconstructed what Stampede could have been, but due to the lack of any finalized tracklist—or even the confirmation that the band believed they were making an album in the first place—the results vary wildly.  Despite this, there are two chief methods to organize the album: it could have either been a collection of the songs Buffalo Springfield were working on in 1967 before Young quit, or it could have been a cash-cow album by the label using unreleased 1966 material as filler.  Here we will attempt the former, making an album that would chronologically follow their debut album and replace Again with a more unified “band-sound” with Neil, rather than a stopgap collection to stand alongside both Buffalo Springfield and Again.  Furthermore, we will make the assumption that the Stampede album would have touted “For What it’s Worth” and the debut Buffalo Springfield will remain as it was initially released in 1966 without it.  Finally, this reconstruction will be presented in mono, which is what the Buffalo Springfield preferred. 

Side A begins with “For What It’s Worth”, taken from the Buffalo Springfield boxset.  It’s followed by the rare single mix of “Mr. Soul” with a more upfront lead guitar and bass track, taken from a vinyl rip by Professor Stoned.  Next is “We’ll See” and “Pretty Girl Why” from the Buffalo Springfield box set, followed by Neil’s vocal version of “Down To The Wire” from his Archives Vol 1.  Side A concludes with the mysterious “Everydays” from the mono vinyl rip of Again by Professor Stoned.

Side B gently departs from my theme of not using the 1966 outtakes, using Neil’s fantastic “Sell Out”, taken from Archives Vol 1.  Recorded near the very end of the Buffalo Springfield sessions in September 1966, Neil plays all the instruments and the recording was meant as a publishing demo; regardless, it fits well in my Stampede (not to mention it being my favorite track on the album!).  Following is “My Kind of Love” and “No Sun Today” from the Buffalo Springfield box.  Ending the album is the rare 9-minute version of “Bluebird”, taken from a vinyl rip of the obscure 1973 Buffalo Springfield double LP, collapsed into mono to match the rest of the reconstruction. 




Sources used:
Buffalo Springfield (1973 Atco Records, noxid vinyl rip)
Buffalo Springfield (2001 Rhino Records 4CD box set)
Buffalo Springfield – Again (1967 Atco Records Prof Stoned mono vinyl rip)
Buffalo Springfield – Bluebird b/w Mr Soul (1967 Atco Records Prof Stoned mono vinyl rip)
Neil Young – Archives Volume 1 (2009 Reprise Records CD)


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* md5 files, track notes and artwork included

90 comments:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful reconstruction! I am sorry to ask this, but will Lifehouse be next?

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  2. Excellent idea! Thanks for taking the time to get it this one out. You sir, are a scholar and a gentleman.

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  3. thank you, fantastic !!!! been waiting for this one for a long time.

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  4. thank you so much! been wanting this one forever

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  5. Excellent job. Thank you so much.

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  6. So much of Buffalo Springfield is what could have been. This comes very, very close to providing a piece of what was. Thank you for the attention to detail and the obvious admiration for a great band that despite the turmoil made some very fine & influential music.

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  7. Just a note here - Sell Out was heavily edited by Neil Young before its release on the Springfield box set. He removed whole sections because he was embarrassed by his singing. I have the unedited version - it was released on a fans' trading CD called The Missing Herd which may still be available out there in Internetland. Alternatively I could email you the track if you want it.

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    1. Thanks, I found it. The quality is not as good unfortunately and while it is an interesting chorus he cut out, I can see why he did it. Thanks for the heads up though!

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    2. He cut out lots of 'la-la-la's too. Apparently he recoiled when he heard them whilst getting the box set together.
      The edit is very much a recent(ish) construct, so using it is somewhat historically suspect. I'd still be tempted to work a little sonic magic on the unedited version.

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    3. More trivia. The cover version of Sell Out on Yellow Hand's 1970 album replaces the la-la-las on the demo with the chorus "Cop out, sell out, do you know who you are?" I don't suppose we'll ever know if Young ever sanctioned the new words. Great reconstruction, by the way.

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    4. Well those words are in the verse on Neil's version, so they're his lyrics.

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  8. Thank you so much for this; well worth the wait. As others have said, this is as close as we'll ever get to a real 2nd BS album. I really like the way you set this up; it flows really nicely. Plus being in mono is the best. Very, very, cool ! Will look forward to your next project ( maybe Kinks or Yardbirds ? )

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  9. I have a couple suggestions.
    David Bowie-Toy
    Warsaw-Warsaw (later known as JOY DIVISION)

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    1. As far as I know, only 8 of the 14 songs are available...

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  10. Hello,
    great. You do always a good job with a wonderful documentation. Congratulations and many thanks for sharing all that gems.
    Best regards,
    Robert

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  11. Stills hates the extended "Bluebird" - it was never supposed to be released.

    Stampede was never really going to be an album. It's one of those rock and roll myths that people think is true, but isn't.

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    1. Stills may have ended up hating the long 'Bluebird' in retrospect, but I doubt he felt that way at the time.

      'Stampede' may not have been the title, but there's no disputing that the band were working on an album during this period which would've been released earlier and been quite different to 'Buffalo Springfield Again'. This is an interesting 'what if?' exercise, nothing more.

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  12. Outstanding work here! Many thanks for the reconstruction!

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  13. would love to hear the rejected version of the 3rd Buffalo Springfield album. Don't think a tape of it, or even a complete song list ever emerged. Richie Furay talks about it in his fine book with on Einarson . Some of the tunes made it to the Box Set, but only a few. Would love to see you tackle that one, were the songs all available. Thanks for your work : looking forward to your next project.

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  14. Thanks for always being interesting, and thanks again for it not being the beach boys

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  15. Fantastic, as always! It does sound much more like an actual band here than Buffalo Springfield Again. I compiled a tracklist prior to this but have since substituted it as it is by far superior.

    PS: Could anybody point me in the right direction to locate the original, longer version of Neil Young's "Sell Out"?.. cannot seem to find it.

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    1. a Buffalo Springfield cd called Sell Out

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  16. One 'What If' that's a sort-of parallel to this is:
    "What if Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young had teamed up earlier than our timeline?"
    If they all left their respective bands in mid-late 1966, there's at least a couple of decent psychedelic pop albums in that.
    Of course reconstructing that EXACTLY is impossible - you'd have to use the Byrds, Hollies & Buffalo Springfield versions of songs & just imagine it's CSNY.. unless you can go to that parallel universe for some CSNY 1967 recordings!

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    1. I would never give up The Byrds or the Springfield to have CSNY in an earlier incarnation. Sorry, I prefer the bands they came from : CSNY not my cup of tea. I would be excited to have had a couple more Byrds lps with Crosby and a couple more Springfield LPs. jmho

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    2. Fair point, it would break some great albums to write an "early CSNY" timeline, and it's a stretch to think of them having the courage to actually split from their bands a couple of years earlier (despite some of the tensions being there as early as 1966).

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  17. Thanks for this one, I've been getting all your great reconstructions. The Monkees one and the Turtles have been on near constant repeat here...looking forward to the new lifehouse

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  18. Truly appreciated. Thank you so much. Also looking forward to the new Lifehouse when ready.

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  19. What's up, Sonic? I haven't found any better sources for that Nas double album, but I had another idea for Hip Hop albums that never were. There is a TON of unreleased 2Pac material (much of which exists in lossless format) and there are several 2Pac albums that were either scrapped, rejected by the label, or never materialized due to his death. To name a few, there's "Troublesome 21" from his early Interscope period, the rejected versions of "Thug Life: Volume 1", the untitled album Interscope was preparing to follow the success of "Me Against The World" while 2Pac was imprisoned but scrapped once he signed to Death Row, the "One Nation" album, and the varying incarnations of the Makaveli album, released as "The 7 Day Theory" but originally titled "The 3 Day Theory". It was announced last year that Afeni Shakur (Tupac's mother) and Jeff Jampol were preparing to release 2Pac's entire catalogue, though we've yet to hear any kind of update.

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  20. Awesome job, really been listening to it solidly the last few days.
    It certainly fits the bill of what a group effort would sound like - as opposed to the 'collection of solo tracks' on Buffalo Springfield Again. (Why oh why isn't there a deluxe edition of that album out yet??)

    It just begs the question, though.. in this timeline what would the tracklist of the Buffalo Springfield album AFTER 'Stampede' be?

    Assuming 'Stampede gets released mid-1967 (I'd say July), there's enough tracks from our timeline's 'Buffalo Springfield Again' and 'Last Time Around' that were recorded mid-1967 to early 1968 to make a solid album in this timeline - although it wouldn't be another unified effort like 'Stampede'.

    Is that something you're up for, Sonic?

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    1. Replace Neil Young's "Expecting To Fly" and "Broken Arrow" with 2 lesser tunes of equal length on his first self-titled album and you've got one more masterpiece in the Young discography.

      1. The Loner
      2. I've Been Waiting For You
      3. I Am A Child ('cuz why not)
      4. Expecting To Fly
      5. If I Could Have Her Tonight
      6. Here We Are In The Years
      7. The Old Laughing Lady
      8. Broken Arrow
      9. What Did You Do To My Life
      10. I've Loved Her So Long
      11. Last Trip To Tulsa

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    3. would like to see Sonic's 3rd Springfield lp.

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    4. Ok, I've had a go at a tracklist for an album after 'Stampede', and come up with this:

      Side A
      1 On the way home
      2 A child's claim to fame
      3 So you've got a lover (demo)
      4 Pretty girl why
      5 Whatever happened to Saturday night?
      6 Down Down Down (Neil's solo demo)
      7 Expecting to fly

      Side B
      1 Rock and roll woman
      2 Sad memory
      3 Good time boy
      4 Hung Upside down
      5 One more sign (Neil's solo demo)
      6 Broken Arrow

      Ok, some of the takes are solo demos, but they're all polished enough to appear on an album - unlike some such as 'Words I must say'

      Thoughts, anyone?

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    5. Pretty Girl Why and Down ,Down, Down would have been used on Stampede, and On The Way Home hadn't been recorded yet. Typical lp was 11 ( maybe 12 ) songs at the time. You need 2 more to flesh it out. Makes sense, otherwise.

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    6. D'oh! I goofed up by putting Pretty Girl Why on there, as it's already on Sonic's version of 'Stampede', so that's out. Down Down Down however isn't on his 'Stampede', so surely that's a fair choice on album 3?

      From the box set liner notes, On the way home was recorded Nov-Dec 1967, so it's fine to use for an album that would've been released in Feb/Mar 1968. Any earlier than that, and there just aren't enough tracks.

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    7. My goof this time ! I thought it was....guess that's a good candidate then. I'd like to see Sonic do the unreleased Springfield lp that Neil Young has handwritten in the back of the Buffalo Springfield book. Don't think they even recorded a lot of those tunes, though.

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    8. No worries there. What was Neil's tracklist for *that* unreleased album? (I don't have the book, alas - borrowed it a couple times from the library though)

      Another scenario to throw into the mix is one where 'Stampede' is shelved as in our timeline, but after hearing the Beatles use a reprise of the title track on Sgt Pepper, Buffalo Springfield try to one-up them by using repeated themes throughout 'Buffalo Springfield Again'.

      The existing album already does that with 'Mr Soul'(opening track) being reprised briefly at the start of Broken Arrow (last track), but they could also put the Down Down Down demo somewhere in the middle as it shares some similarities to Broken Arrow itself. They could also put the full-length Bluebird as side-A closing track, then use the brief banjo coda from the short version before Broken Arrow on side-B of the album.

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    9. here's the tracklist
      1. Steve's long song
      2.Telephone Pole ( On the Way Home )
      3.I guess You Made It
      4.Whatever Happened to Saturday Night
      5.Nobody's Fool
      6. Not Quite Rain
      Side 2
      1.The Old Laughing Lady
      2. Uno Mundo
      3. What a Day
      4. Kind Woman
      5. Sell Out
      6. Just Can't seem To Get Movin'
      7. I Am A Child

      He also has the author listed for each tune : interesting lp, is it not ? Lots of Richie Furay tunes.

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    10. Very interesting!
      It actually looks like a tracklist for alternate version of Last Time Around. (Maybe an early configuration for that album?)

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  21. STory Of The Ghost by Phish could have been much better, and had like 32 other unused songs recorded for it. Members of the band have commented about this in interviews before.

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  22. Album Fixer has put together an imagining of what Neil Young's debut album might have sounded like if he hadn't rejoined Springfield after he left them on the eve of their TV appearance, and had used the songs that he had stockpiled for himself. I've managed to piece it together and it sounds pretty good. Album Fixer's page here http://albumfixer.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/neil-young-buffalo-alone.html and my reconstruction, complete with cover art, here http://www48.zippyshare.com/v/uVHqdejB/file.html. Lots of the tracks mentioned turn up on this, so it seems we're all on the same wavelength.

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    1. appears to be a virus or something on that download. my computer says it's unsafe to download that file

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  23. Can't say I think much of the way he's sequenced that - I did it myself last year under the title 'Ash on the Floor', with the following sequence:

    Side One:
    01 Expecting To Fly
    02 Round And Round And Round
    03 Falcon Lake (Ash on the Floor)
    04 I Am A Child
    05 One More Sign
    06 The Old Laughing Lady

    Side Two:
    01 Down, Down, Down
    02 Down To The Wire
    03 The Rent Is Always Due
    04 Sell Out
    05 Broken Arrow
    06 Slowly Burning

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  24. Not sure what happened to the link. Try this one,and if you want to try sydfloyd's sequence then feel free as I think all the tracks are in here. http://www60.zippyshare.com/v/pW2vVBSF/file.html

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  25. This here is for you Beach Boys fans: http://www.demonoid.pw/files/details/3403776/28713084/

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  26. I know I'm not the only Beach Boys fan who visits, so check out this site. http://jiggy22.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Your site?

      In my torrent I was aiming for the question: what if Brian would have been more present in the making of the albums post-SMiLE?

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    2. cool ! really interesting take on an extremely confused Beach Boys period. I like the way the "albums" are constructed: makes a lot od sense. Always good to get "new " Beach Boys configurations. Thanks

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    3. Thank you!
      I was trying to make albums only out of songs that Brian had been involved with. I used only the best sources. I made everything from Wild Honey into stereo on Smiley Honey. Friends with 20/20 eyesight sounds the best, imo.

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  27. Ok! So I have gotten a lot of mails... about these Beach Boys albums I posted here. It seems like not everyone has a Demonoid account and... Anyway:
    https://1337x.to/torrent/1680366/The-Beach-Boys-Post-Pet-Sounds/

    That is a torrent on 1337x. Same files. Enjoy!
    For you SLN!
    XOXOXO

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    1. Sort of a novice with torrents so apologize. Followed the instructions with usenet but can't find the Post Pet Sounds file. I really love this era of the beach boys.

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    2. The Beach Boys Post-Pet Sounds.
      (The Fall of the Beach Boys.)

      SMiLE - 1967 (STEREO) http://www.mediafire.com/download/am57utia82vmo97/SMiLE.rar


      SIDE A
      Our Prayer<->Gee
      Heroes and Villains
      Barnyard
      Do You Like Worms?
      Cabin Essence
      Wonderful
      I Ran (The Ironhorse)
      Child Is Father Of The Man
      The Old Master Painter<->You Are My Sunshine

      SIDE B
      Good Vibrations
      Vege-Tables
      Im In Great Shape<->I Wanna Be Around<->Workshop
      Holiday
      Wind Chimes
      Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
      I Love To Say Dada
      Surf's Up

      Smiley Honey - 1967 (STEREO)
      http://www.mediafire.com/download/nffad328zxezr4b/Smiley+Honey.rar

      SIDE A
      You're Welcome
      Darlin'
      Little Pad
      Can't Wait Too Long
      Aren't You Glad?
      Country Air
      Gettin' Hungry
      I'd Love Just Once To See You
      Let The Wind Blow

      SIDE B
      Whistle In
      Wild Honey
      Lonely Days
      A Thing Or Two
      She's Goin' Bald
      The Letter
      Here Comes The Night
      Time to Get Alone
      With Me Tonight

      Friends With 20-20 Eyesight - 1969 (STEREO)
      http://www.mediafire.com/download/qpfrzjibgjj775j/Friends+With+20-20+Eyesight.rar


      SIDE A
      Meant For You
      Soulful Old Man Sunshine
      Do It Again
      When a Man Needs a Woman
      Sail Plane Song
      Wake the World
      Be Here in the Morning
      Passing By
      Old Folks at Home/Ol Man River

      SIDE B
      Friends
      Break Away
      Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)
      Anna Lee, The Healer
      Busy Doin' Nothin'
      Where Is She?
      Diamond Head
      I Went to Sleep
      Transcendental Meditation

      Sunflower's Up - 1971 (STEREO)
      http://www.mediafire.com/download/dwvd8u22c2i0t5e/Sunflower%27s+Up.rar


      SIDE A
      Add Some Music to Your Day
      All I Wanna Do
      I Just Got My Pay
      Games Two Can Play
      Deirdre
      Carnival
      Take a Load off Your Feet
      Our Sweet Love
      H.E.L.P Is On The Way

      SIDE B
      This Whole World
      At My Window
      Loop De Loop
      Back Home
      Good Time
      Why?
      Day in the Life of a Tree
      'Til I Die

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    3. Just got back from vacation and what a nice surprise. Thanks so much, this will be fun.

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    4. and imagine if the beach boys had made this 1965:
      Party Days & Party Nights!!
      SIDE A
      Help Me, Rhonda
      Barbara Ann
      The Little Girl I Once Knew
      Do You Wanna Dance?
      Please Let Me Wonder
      She Knows Me Too Well
      In the Back of My Mind
      18min
      SIDE B
      California Girls
      Good to My Baby
      Dance, Dance, Dance
      The Girl from New York City
      You're So Good to Me
      Let Him Run Wild
      Kiss Me, Baby
      Girl Don't Tell Me
      18min
      It whould have been like a comet strike. 15 tracks... 36min... All good and all in stereo.
      *We can use the fantasy in our minds*

      http://www.mediafire.com/download/oswgcf180u8jgta/Party+Days+%26+Party+Nights%21%21.rar






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    5. http://www.mediafire.com/download/gl1bnqs64q3l3t0/Party+Days+%26+Party+Nights%21%21.rar

      now this is the real link and track 14 is 15 and 15 is 14.

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    6. I NOTICED THAT I MADE A MISTAKE.
      If you downloaded The Beach Boys - Party Days & Party Nights!! You should download it again. The trackorder was incorrect. 6 and 7 needed to switch places, of course. And the song Do You Wanna Dance had a too low volume. SORRY! Guess I'm dumb!

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  29. Just discovered your blog, absolutely love it! I know it's probably often requested, but could you do Neil Young's "Homegrown"?

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  30. I know that 'Homegrown' is one of the most contested unreleased albums, with everyone having their opinion of what it should sound like, but I've put together a version based on a consensus of online track listings, using the best versions that I could find (some live and some studio, but with audience noise on the live ones cut to a minimum), so this could be at least a starting point for anyone who wants to hear what it could have sounded like. http://www90.zippyshare.com/v/cqBfFqNt/file.html

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  31. I already have Homegrown done. I'll post it sometime.

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  32. Hi, all. I posted the following in the upgraded 'First Rays of the Rising Sun' comment thread, where there was some discussion of the Grateful Dead. Adding it here as well...

    This comment thread got me thinking about 'Earthquake Country' and 'Aoxomoxoa.' I'm a big fan of the record, particularly the original mix that's never gotten a digital release. But, like sydfloyd, I miss "St. Stephen/William Tell bridge" into "The Eleven". And while I appreciate it, "What's Become of the Baby" takes up room that could have gone to stronger cuts.

    So I submit a representation of 'Earthquake Glue/Aoxomoxoa' that uses a good lossless rip of the original pressing combined with a few live extracts. "St. Stephen" has been edited to include the William Tell bridge into "The Eleven" from 1968/10/12 at the Avalon Ballroom — one of my favorite performances; "What's Become of the Baby" has been cut in favor of including the single studio cut of "Dark Star" as well as "Death Don't Have No Mercy" from 'Live/Dead' (I cheated w/ this source, but I love the tune and it makes for a real moody side).

    The format is such that at about 51 mins this would have to be a double album, which suits my purposes. Each side is dynamite and of a piece. In order to slightly pad the final side to 14 mins (w/ a total of 54 mins), I've added "We Bid You Goodnight" from the 1969 Seminole performance. Tracklisting:

    A1 St. Stephen [William Tell bridge]
    A2 The Eleven [live]
    B3 Dupree's Diamond Blues [original mix]
    B4 Rosemary [original mix]
    B5 Doin' That Rag [original mix]
    C6 Mountains of the Moon [original mix]
    C7 Dark Star [single version]
    C8 Death Don't Have No Mercy [live]
    D9 China Cat Sunflower [original mix]
    D10 Cosmic Charlie [original mix]
    D11 We Bid You Goodnight [live]

    This is just my recreational attempt at re-imagining the album as it could have been. The combo of studio and live was extensive on 'Anthem of the Sun' and could conceivably have carried forward to 'Aoxomoxoa'. I've been really enjoying this alternative take!

    https://www.sendspace.com/file/8kqxp9

    Long live the Dead. And many thx as always to soniclovenoize!

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    1. Hah, I evidently had Guided by Voices' 'Earthquake Glue' in mind when mis-typing 'Earthquake Country'...

      :)

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    2. Thanks, that's neat.

      Did you see this: http://www.mediafire.com/download/frj5vvizb6h5vzb/On+a+Shakedown+Cruise.rar

      An alternative debut album I made. I like it a lot myself.

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  33. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4izrk5lzcf9h4g7/AAAGq_aNrs5ROla5vYCCFCYCa?dl=0
    Hey there folks, this is a version, based on sydfloyd's own, of the Small Faces' "1862" lost album, including 3 Humble Pie tunes and Ronnie Lane's "Evolution". It went like this:
    Side A
    1. Wide Eyed Girl On The Wall
    2. Call It Something Nice
    3. Red Balloon
    4. The Universal
    5. Wrist Job
    6. Wham Bam, Thank You Ma'am
    Side B
    1. Buttermilk Boy
    2. Evolution
    3. Every Little Bit Hurts
    4. Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass
    5. Growing Closer
    6. The Autumn Stone

    and within the package, I included a single, with "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am" as the A-Side and Collbosher serving as a non-album B-Side. Any thoughts?

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    1. I believe that the track list was supposed to be:
      1. The Autumn Stone
      2. Red Balloon
      3. Colibosher
      4. Buttermilk Boy
      5. Pig Trotters
      6. Wrist Job
      7. Picaninny
      8. Wide Eyed Girl On The Wall
      9. Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass
      10. "blues jam" (possibly "War Of The Worlds")

      Both Wrist Job and Buttermilk Boy ended up being recorded by Marriott's next band Humble Pie, and I'm not sure there were versions by Small Faces. As a result, for my version I replaced them with other Small Faces songs recorded about the same time:

      1. The Autumn Stone
      2. Red Balloon
      3. Collibosher
      4. Call It Something Nice
      5. The Pig Trotters

      1. Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am
      2. Picaninny
      3. Wide-Eyed Girl on the Wall
      4. Donkey Rides, a Penny, a Glass
      5. The War of the Worlds

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    2. Sorry, but there is no finished tracklist for this LP. The list of songs in Marriott's diary should not be taken as a finished tracklisting - it was merely a list of songs for possible inclusion on the next album. I mean, there's no way the album would've opened with a really introspective song like 'The Autumn Stone'. It just doesn't work as an opening track.

      Please note 'The Pigs Trotters' and 'Wrist Job' are the same song - the former being a working title applied to the Small Faces backing track only. 'War of the Worlds' and 'Picaninny' would also appear to be unfinished backing tracks with working titles. 'Call It Something Nice' may also be a working title, but at least it's a finished song. 'Wide Eyed Girl on the Wall' sounds like a deliberate attempt to write another 'Ogden's'-style 'scene setting' album opener to me.

      For my own version of the album, I was more than happy to use the Humble Pie versions of 'Wrist Job' and 'Buttermilk Boy' as they fit in so perfectly alongside stuff like 'Wham Bam, Thank You Ma'am'. You can barely tell they're played by a different band. I also used Ronnie Lane's 'Evolution' as I think it's very likely he would have had this song available for the record had the band not called it a day at the end of 1968 (of course, it went on to become 'Stone' on the first Faces LP).

      One track I personally used which is a bit of a controversial inclusion was 'Every Little Bit Hurts', which was probably recorded in 1967 and therefore doesn't really belong. I like it a lot though and think it fits in well, so what the heck.

      Just for reference, here's my tracklist again:

      Side One:
      1. Wide Eyed Girl On the Wall
      2. Call It Something Nice
      3. Red Balloon
      4. The Universal
      5. Donkey Rides, A Penny A Glass
      6. Wham Bam Thank You Mam

      Side Two:
      1. Buttermilk Boy (Humble Pie)
      2. Evolution (Ronnie Lane – from ‘Who Came First’)
      3. Every Little Bit Hurts
      4. Wrist Job (Humble Pie)
      5. Collibosher
      6. The Autumn Stone

      For my money, that's as close as you can get to a 'finished'-sounding album and I think it is a really good representation of where the band were at during this timeframe. Actually, I really wish they'd release an official version of this, although I doubt I'd like it as much as my own version! LOL!

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  34. Actually, sydfloyd, I think your tracklist is almost perfect, seen that I just exchanged one tune, the instrumental Collbosher for Growing Closer, which ia a personal favourite, And swapped Donkey Rides for Wrist Job, just for both LP sides to have the same lenght. I found a album cover that would fit perfectly with the album: https://m.facebook.com/rebeldesigns2015/photos/a.806086246184726.1073741828.806080239518660/808440419282642/?type=3&source=48

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    1. I see...

      Well... I made this:
      1862 (STEREO):
      SIDE A:
      Every Little Bit Hurts
      Call It Something Nice
      Red Balloon
      Wide Eyed Girl On The Wall
      The Autumn Stone
      17min
      SIDE B
      Wham Bam, Thank You Mam
      Collibosher
      Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass
      The Universal
      Don't Burst My Bubble
      Picaninny
      17min

      All in stereo and songs edited to fit each other.

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    2. http://www.mediafire.com/download/y268cpbkc9k8uaq/1862.rar

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    3. All wrong and what not... but you might enjoy it anyway. I think it's groovy.

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  35. Thanks Duff. I used this photo of Victorian street urchins on the front cover of mine (just the first four kids from left): https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/310185493054952700/ and a contemporary picture of the band on the back. I thought the kid on the left looked a bit like Plonk and the kid with the big grin looks a bit like Kenny Jones might have looked at that age.

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  36. http://www.mediafire.com/download/b4irdj22fky37kl/A+Hole+in+the+Sock+of.rar

    Now this is a great album. Real great.
    SLN would make a better job of it than me, but...

    A Hole in the Sock of - Dave Davis
    SIDE A
    Susannah's Still Alive
    There Is No Life Without Love
    This Man He Weeps Tonight
    Mindless Child Of Motherhood
    Hold My Hand
    Do You Wish To Be A Man?
    Are You Ready?
    SIDE B
    Creeping Jean
    I'm Crying
    Lincoln County
    Mr. Shoemaker's Daughter
    Mr. Reporter
    Groovy Movies

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  37. If anybody here listens to any album I have put together, please answer me on these questions: Do they sound good? Is the bass too high? Or too low? Is the sound too smooth or too sharp/enhanced?
    I find that todays sound systems hard on vintage sound.
    I have a good sounding TDK boombox in the kitchen, but most vintage albums doesn't sound so good on it.

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    1. I mostly have to adjust the bass and treble when listning to older music.

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  38. I'm pretty sure the electric guitar on Child's Claim To Fame is NY. Great compilation!

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  39. Greetings! Has anyone ever given Poco's supposed double album version of Crazy Eyes a go?

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  40. I have no complaints about anything here - just complements.Thanks so much for all your work and such fab listening. Best wishes, Paul

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  41. Tremendous, this and the entire site. Thank you!

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