Sad Memory

Album: Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)


  • Buffalo Springfield's Richie Furay had not penned any of the tracks on the band's debut LP, but he took his first tentative songwriting steps with three compositions on their sophomore album. This was the first song he got recorded. Furay explained to Uncut how it only ended up on the disc by accident after Neil Young got to hear the tune:

    "I was waiting for the rest of the band to come to the studio, because we'd come in whenever we woke up. So I got there first and I was out in the studio, just playing the song. Neil comes in, and all of a sudden he pushes down the talk button and says, 'Hey man, we gotta record that song!' I said, 'Sounds good to me.' There wasn't much like it at the time. It's very spare. As it ended up, I think Neil's guitar is the only other instrument on there."


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