From 1966, please enjoy the incomparable Buffalo Springfield and the unfairly overlooked pop-psych gem that is "Baby Don't Scold Me."
In stereo, as nature intended.
This was on the original pressing of the Springfield's 1966 debut LP; when "For What It's Worth" went Top 10, ATCO hurriedly re-pressed the album with the hit in its place. The mp3 is from a vinyl transfer; the stereo mix, alas, has never been on CD (the version that finally surfaced on the Springfield box set a few years ago is the mono). I think the stereo is a lot more vivid, but on the other hand, having it in two-channel means you can really hear how sloppy the production is.
I'd loved the song (one of Stephen Stills' best, and kind of proto-power pop, I think) since forever, and I actually tried to interest the guys in The Floor Models in working it up fairly early on. Unfortunately, the only copy I had of it was a wobbly old cassette my friend and colleague Todd Everett had taped for me in the early 70s, the woeful sound quality of which may have been why I was ultimately unsuccessful in pitching the tune. In any case, we wound up covering "Go and Say Goodbye" instead, which was okay by me, obviously.
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Not familiar with this one. It's got that great BS sound, but it's missing that definitive musical or lyrical hook that would focus it into a bona fide hit.
Still, were there any truly "bad" BS songs? I can't think of any offhand.
"Go and Say Goodbye" was a better choice.
In retrospect, I would have gone with "Go and say Goodbye" or the positively sizzling (and more obscure, which makes it cooler) "Leave."
I have the album with "Baby Don't Scold Me" on it (in mono, of course). It's in excellent shape, too. One of my top-three Goodwill buys back in the day; think I paid $1.98 for it. (I've been waiting years to brag about that to someone. Thanks!)
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