October 29, 2010 – 12:29 pm

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Bridge School Benefit 2010 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA; October 23, 2010. Very good audience recording.

Used to play in a rock ‘n’ roll band
but they broke up
We were young and we were wild
It ate us up…
Heard an old song playing on a radio
Like to see those guys again
and give it a shot
Maybe now we can show the world
what we got.

- Buffalo Springfield Again, on Neil Young’s Silver And Gold album

The Bridge School Benefit has been going on since 1986 and this year’s shows were extra special - fans were treated to a reunion of some of the surviving members of Buffalo Springfield, namely, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. The band’s founding bassist, Bruce Palmer, died in 2004 and Dewey Martin, the drummer, passed away last year. Guitarist Jim Messina did not turn up.

Billboard reported:
Headliners Buffalo Springfield, who haven’t played publicly in over 40 years, of course were the centerpiece… Original members Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay proved their unique, sweet harmonies were still intact with a little help from Joe Vitale and Rick Rosas sitting in for the late Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer. The group’s hit For What It’s Worth had multiple generations singing along, but the crowd was keyed in to every tune from Rock And Roll Woman to Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It.

Fittingly, it was Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World that brought both nights to a close with all of each evening’s performers crowding onto the stage to jam and Young and Pearl Jam’s Vedder volleying vocals while everyone else strummed guitars, hollered into mics, or just danced around gleefully as the crowd packed down into the seated area to get one last closer look at the amazing assembly.

And it was back on May 5, 1968 at the Long Beach Arena when Buffalo Springfield played their last gig. (Click here for the show)

Thanks to ridemyllama1 for recording and sharing the tracks over at The Traders’ Den.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. On The Way Home (6.9MB)
Track 02. Rock And Roll Woman (6.4MB)
Track 03. A Child’s Claim To Fame (4.2MB)
Track 04. Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It (5.9MB)
Track 05. Go and Say Goodbye (5.4MB)
Track 06. I Am A Child (5.8MB)
Track 07. Kind Woman (8.4MB)
Track 08. Burned (4.1MB)
Track 09. For What It’s Worth (8.2MB)
Track 10. Nowaday’s Clancy Cant Even Sing (8.9MB)
Track 11. Bluebird (10.1MB)
Track 12. Mr Soul (8.7MB)
Track 13. Rockin’ In The Free World (12.0MB)

Neil Young - guitar, vocals
Stephen Stills - guitar, vocals
Richie Furay - guitar, vocals
Rick Rosas - bass
Joe Vitale - drums

Click here to order the Buffalo Springfield four-CD boxset.


  2. Excellent. One of the best bands of the Sixties. They’ve aged well.

    By Ty Clark on Oct 29, 2010

  3. Great. Thanks so much for this, this is a rellay great reunion. As Ty says: aged very very well.

    By marco bernal on Oct 29, 2010

  4. This is great. There’s so little live recordings of them, and now we’ve got this. Thanks.

    By Bernard Zalon on Oct 29, 2010

  5. Great stuff. Big-O does it again!!

    By TDC on Oct 29, 2010

  6. I was looking for this and of course HERE IT IS already on The Big O! You are very well connected, my friend. Long Live Rock! The message is in the music. Adam

    By Adam Dean on Oct 29, 2010

  7. As much as BigO annoys me for “omitting” certain tracks on certain ROIO’s they always come up with some goodies. So a big thank you indeed for this.

    By Michael on Oct 29, 2010

  8. The week-end is saved by some very good music.
    Thank you.

    By Divine Light Control on Oct 30, 2010

  9. Sigh.

    Lost Opportunities 10…20..30 years ago?

    Do I Have To Come Out and Say It, Mr Soul?


    By 2yrsnojob on Oct 30, 2010

  10. But…

    Ditto, Adam Dean!

    By 2yrsnojob on Oct 30, 2010

  11. Can always depend on ROIO to get us uplifted with great music 24/7

    By Richard Lilley on Oct 30, 2010

  12. Michael - Big O has no choice to omitting some tracks - when they become a track on a released CD then there are copyright infringement problems….and you are correct…..they come up with some excellent choices.

    By Richard Lilley on Oct 30, 2010

  13. It’s almost like the Beatles got back together. So glad to see this, “it’s been a long time coming” (David Crosby)LOL. But where’s Jimmy Messina? Great recording, harmonies spot-on fabulous. Go and Say Goodbye - No, DON’T - stick around, guys. We still love you!

    By HytekFred on Oct 30, 2010

  14. hey bigo, thanks! this is pretty good. i was listening to it walking. i will relabel mine to the 24th annual bridge school benefit,… i like it better than bridge school benefit 2010.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 30, 2010

  15. thank you

    By todd on Oct 31, 2010

  16. Too cool! Would it be too much to hope for a Manassas reunion (even if only on a “one-off” basis like this one?

    Thanks again, Big O!!!

    By Jerry Dunaway on Nov 1, 2010

  17. Caught the show on Sunday. It was simply amazing.

    By Andrew Scott on Nov 1, 2010

  18. awesome sound and wonderful show…thanks for sharing…

    By Ace on Nov 1, 2010

  19. Wow! My favorite band since 1966 (minus two sad losses) back together again even if only for a moment! Could it be too much to hope they had a good time and might go into the studio just one more time?

    By Duncanmusic on Nov 1, 2010

  20. Thank you Big O for posting this fabulous show. I was hoping it would be posted somewhere as soon as I read it was happening…thanks so much.

    By Rick on Nov 3, 2010

  21. Most excellent recording thank you!!

    By Peter the Pirate on Nov 8, 2010

  22. I didn’t even know about this. Excellent post!!!

    By Matt on Nov 19, 2010

  23. Jim Messina would have shown up had he been invited. As with the R&R HOF induction, such was not the case.

    By Rob on Jun 10, 2011

  24. We were at the show. It was magic. Richie Furay! I hadn’t seen him for decades….

    By Stephen on Jan 10, 2013

  25. nice post, BigO. and thanks to RideMyLlama1 for recording it. If that is Shawn (RideMyLlama on the Rust list) - thanks for all your sharing over the years, and i still ADORE your “piano songs” compilation.

    By RustNeverSleeps on Mar 22, 2014

  26. Amazing, I was a teen when I bought their first album. Old Rock & Rollers don’t die they start doing benefits. Thanks for this!! :)

    By Old Wet Cat on Mar 26, 2014

  27. re-up possible.. ?

    By Edmund Graf on Jun 11, 2018

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