Sunday, June 17, 2018

Buffalo Springfield - Mr Soul


Sunday, time for a classic.

"Mr. Soul" is a song released by the American-Canadian rock band BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD in June 1967, from their second studio album "Buffalo Springfield Again.

"Mr. Soul" is about Neil Young's personal problems with fame and disregard towards rock stardom. It was written by Young after experiencing an epilepsy attack after an early show with BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD in San Francisco. Many people in the audience were questioning if it was part of the act. While being a patient at UCLA Medical Center's neuropsychiatry branch, he wrote the song once he was awake and recovering and told to return for further tests. The lyrics had reflected Young's experience, feeling as though he was about to die. Thereupon, he was advised by his doctor to never take LSD or any other hallucinogenic drugs.

Composed on an acoustic twelve-string guitar, the dark and moody song is in double drop D tuning, which Young used in a number of other songs, such as "Ohio" and "Cinnamon Girl". On the third track of Sugar Mountain - Live at Canterbury House 1968, Young stated that, "A lot of songs take a long time to write. Generally they take an hour and a half, two hours to write. But this one took only five minutes". Young subsequently recorded several other versions of the song, often with marked stylistic changes. The song has been described by music writers as folk rock, psychedelic rock, and hard rock.



Personnel

Stephen Stills - guitar (lead), backing vocals
Neil Young - guitar, lead vocals
Richie Furay - guitar, backing vocals
Dewey Martin - drums
Bruce Palmer - bass guitar

Enjoy today's tune "Mr Soul"



"For What It's Worth / Mr Soul" 1967 on the TV show Hollywood Palace.



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