"Sad Memory" Buffalo Springfield, one of the best ballads ever.

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  1. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I heard it today for the first time on the box set, love, love, love this song, it's perfect.

     
  2. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

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    A gem on an album full of gems. Richie’s Child’s Claim To Fame is also excellent. Good Time Boy, which he wrote, is less great but I’ve grown to enjoy the exuberant performance from the Dewey and the band. They had chops!
     
  3. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I love every single Springfield song/album, the box set is GOLD.
     
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  4. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident

    For years I thought little of that song and the other Furay's track in Again, "A Child's Claim To Fame"; but eventually I learned to find the beauty of both songs.



    With regard to his third contribution to Again, "Good Time Boy", I still think it's the less worthy song of the album, by a wide margin.
     
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  5. Darrin L.

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    They're all great, but hard to beat "Kind Woman".

     
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  6. JuanTCB

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    A great tune from a perfect album.
     
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  7. Pawnmower

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    I adore this song.. I could listen to it every day. What a work!
     
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  8. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    That's what i thought, until i heard "Sad Memory".:)
     
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  9. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

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    I love Buffalo Springfield. Everything by them. Kind Woman is my favourite ballad. They didn't do many. My favourite Richie Furay Buffalo Springfield song is Merry Go Round. In Buffalo Springfield I rate Furay as highly as Stills and not far behind Young. What an incredible three songwriters.
     
  10. Celebrated Summer

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    Yes, it's great. And it got a very unexpected cover in 1993 when the teenybopper group The Party put it on their final album, The Party's Over...Thanks For Coming.

    The Party was a group that evolved out of the New Mickey Mouse Club. They had minor success with a few singles ("That's Why" and a cover of Dokken's "In My Dreams"). But they're now seen as a precursor to Britney, Justin and company. IMO their self-titled debut from 1990 is a teen-pop classic and much better than those acts, but I digress.

    Among the members of The Party was a guy named Chase Hampton who sang (and sometimes wrote) the rock-ish songs of their repertoire. He took the lead vocal on their version of "Sad Memory" and doesn't do a bad job. I read somewhere that he was the one who brought this to the group. At the time this came out, it was good to know there were other Gen X-ers who were into Buffalo Springfield.

     
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  11. Jackson

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    I'm sorry, but i absolutely hate this cover version.
     
  12. yesteryear

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    Love this track. I wish there could’ve been more from Buffalo Springfield. They were such a monster supergroup. At least they all went on to greatness and glory and we have the result of their legend in CSNY, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Poco, Manassas, and so forth.
     
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  13. 3Dman

    3Dman Carousing Member

    Absolutely, yes. Haunting, melancholy... Perfect.
     
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  14. finslaw

    finslaw Its muzak to my ears

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    It is nice. When I was 13 I would have said Kind Woman was one of the best ballads ever. It always gave me those warm fuzzies. Nowadays I say Expecting to Fly.
     
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  15. yesteryear

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    Expecting To Fly is in a league of its own. On the scale of all recorded music. Listening to it in the right state of mind is liable to set a man free of this mortal coil.
     
  16. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

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    Yeah, this song is brilliant. I might even suggest it’s hugely underrated, but I know people take offense to the over/under-rated suggestions.
     
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  17. jomo48

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    Props to Neil for the gorgeous guitar accompaniment.
     
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  18. aussievinyl

    aussievinyl Appreciator Of Creative Expression

    You can't go wrong with a beautiful balled and those major seventh chords. The lyrics, melody and arrangement are all sublime.
     
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  19. John DeAngelis

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    I agree! I believe Richie wrote this before the Springfield were even formed.
     
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  20. crustycurmudgeon

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    I've felt the same way about "Merry Go Round". I love this one as well, though.
     
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  21. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

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    imagine if the buffalo springfield could have stayed together for a few years longer with jimmy messina full time....................................
     
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  22. NumberEight

    NumberEight Came too late and stayed too long

    It sounds really heartfelt. He/they inhabit the song.
     
  23. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I would love this song even if all i knew were the written lyrics.



    Sad Memory

    Soft winds blow in the summer time
    Young lovers feel so free
    Walkin' hand and hand down a shady lane
    What happen to me
    What happen to me

    Did you ever love a girl
    Who walked right out on you
    You should know just how I feel and
    Why I'm so blue
    Why I'm so blue

    How can I forget those nights
    When she kiss me soft and true
    And whispered words only lovers know ooh
    I love you
    I love you

    Well I made up my mind
    I'll find a new girl who love me tenderly
    Forget the past I left behind now
    To sad memories
    To sad memories

    Soft winds blow in the summer time
     
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  24. Octavia

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    Top tune.
     
  25. PhilBorder

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    It's an ok song, enhanced by Richie's ultra-sincere performance, imo. But it's remarkable how the sound of it evokes a country lane in the summer. Stills' guitar solo on "On The Way Home " on 4 Way Street does that too.
     
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