The Buffalo Springfield: “Bluebird” (1967)

A short, first flight of “Bluebird” and a searing “Mr. Soul” mark a great leap for Buffalo Springfield.

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Stephen Stills and Neil Young worked together so well because they were so different. Nowhere is that difference more evident than this single from the summer of ‘67 featuring compact versions of Stills’ Bluebird and Young’s Mr. Soul. Both songs were re-recorded for their second album, Buffalo Springfield Again. In their single versions, “Bluebird” flies a straight route and “Mr. Soul” is pure, cranky genius from its headstock to its tone controls.

Souls play an important role in both songs. On “Bluebird,” Stills observes that beyond his love interest’s happy façade is sadness and soul. Young doesn’t find any soul at all in the starmarker machinery of “Mr. Soul.” He’s not trying to understand anyone; to him, it’s all a big misunderstanding. Both tracks bode well for a Buffalo Springfield future that would feature reworked versions. Despite being the A side, “Bluebird” didn’t get the radio play that “Mr. Soul” did, in effect making it a double-A single.

Original 7-inch single version

A1. Bluebird (Stephen Stills) (1:59)
B1. Mr. Soul (Neil Young) (2:35)

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Released on 7-inch single in July 1967 in the US (Atco, 45-6499) Germany (Atlantic, Atl.70.225)  and New Zealand (Atlantic, AK-1886) with regional picture sleeve. Reached #58 on the US charts (charted on July 15, 1967 for 7 weeks).

  1. Re-issued on 7-inch single in the US (Atco Oldies Series, OS 13074).

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