February 8, 2010 – 4:04 am

This just appeared. An audience recording of the Buffalo Springfield at Whittier High School in ‘68.

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The TRUE Whittier High School* Tape [no label, 1CD]

Live at Whittier High School Auditorium, California, January 20, 1968. Good audience stereo.

This tape came about when students of the class of ‘68 at Whittier High had a reunion in 2008, 40 years later. Apparently, one of them had brought his Sony TC-200 stereo tape recorder and plunked it on the stage back in ‘68 while the Buffalo Springfield were playing. Read all about it here

The lineage of this recording:
Sony mics > TC-200 stereo reel-to-reel (master is lost) > Revox B77 reel-to-reel > Tascam DA38 (pitch correction, EQ’ing, etc.) > CD > AIFF > xACT v1.62 > FLAC (no SBEs)

The tape has since surfaced after the class reunion and puts in doubt decades-old claims that the Stampede bootleg had portions of the Whittier performance.

It’s a pretty dynamic show with lots of guitar soloing. Good Time Boy has either Young or Stills soloing a la Hendrix. And that’s clearly Neil Young’s guitarworks on Mr Soul. We also get the long version of Stills’ Bluebird with the extended jams.

It sounds like everyone was having fun yet this is the version of the band without original member Bruce Palmer, replaced on bass by Jim Messina. The Long Beach show on May 5 was the last time the Buffalo Springfield played live. Thanks to “peanut” for setting this one free at Hunger City.
- The Little Chicken

CAUTION: This is not very good quality. The taper had his recorder on stage and it appears to pick up clearly one of the three guitarists. We’ll take a guess, it’s Stephen Still’s. The rest of the band, including the vocals, are in the background. Nonetheless, there are no dropouts or artifacts and is an interesting listen. Shared for fans.

*Whittier High is the alma mater of Richard Nixon, who graduated in 1930.

This is what acorn99 posted on the internet:

It may be of interest for you to know that this tape has been in circulation for many years - but identified as from the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, December 21 - 23, 1967. If there was any evidence to substantiate that venue and date it is lost in the sands of time. Given the lineage presented… it seems almost certain that this is actually from Whittier High. Adding to the general confusion the tape that was circulating as Whittier High (tracks found on Stampede and California Daze) is in fact from the Teen & Twenty Club, Huntington Beach, August 11, 1967 - easily identified because Neil Young is not present.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 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 (Richie Furay sings) (3.3MB)
Track 02. Good Time Boy (Dewey Martin sings?) (5.5MB)
Track 03. Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing (Richie Furay sings) (6.1MB)
Track 04. Mr. Soul (Neil Young sings) (4.5MB)
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Track 05. A Child’s Claim To Fame (Richie Furay sings) (4.8MB)
Track 06. For What It’s Worth (Stephen Stills sings) (5.1MB)
Track 07. Bluebird (Stephen Stills sings) (12.8MB)
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The opening song was apparently Rock & Roll Woman (not recorded).

Stephen Stills - lead guitar, vocals
Neil Young - lead guitar, vocals
Richie Furay - rhythm guitar, vocals
Jim Messina - bass
Dewey Martin - drums, vocals

The Whittier concert has long been associated with the bootleg called Stampede. Apparently nothing on Stampede is from the Whittier show. Even the date listed, 1967, is wrong.

The 2001 Buffalo Springfield 4 disc boxset is out-of-print. But the single disc Retrospective is still in print. Assembled after the band split, it offers a nice introduction to the band’s first three albums. Click on the link to order the Buffalo Springfield album.

  1. 10 Responses to “WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAMED”

  2. great work..thanks guys…

    By sluggo on Feb 8, 2010

  3. Good Material Super Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By udo on Feb 8, 2010

  4. That Stephen Stills could really play lead guitar!

    By Malcolm on Feb 9, 2010

  5. Thanks for sharing this. I love this band.

    By Matt on Feb 10, 2010

  6. The loudest guitar soloing on Good Time Boy is Neil Young. Stills more fluid style is unmistakable, although recorded at a lower level.

    By Muddy on Feb 14, 2010

  7. Two students set up tape recorders in front of each speaker…hence the “stereo” (it’s there, it really is). I had this on an old beat up cassette I paid $5 to some guy advertising in Rolling Stone in the late 70s. It was labeled “Long Beach.” Altho the quality is poor, the solos by Young on “Good Time Boy” and “Mr. Soul” are amazing. The above poster is right about Stills’ more fluid style. I saw them in this formation (Messina on bass) about three weeks before this concert and they were awe inspiring. I can still feel that when I listen to this recording.

    By brian on Oct 23, 2011

  8. I was at this concert! Thanks for posting. Remember Bluebird extended cut. Awesome concert. Got autographs of Neil Young and Jim Messina after the show. Jim Messina asked me why I wanted his. Said he was nobody famous. Told him maybe someday he would be. Who knew Loggins and Messina was yet to come!

    By Debra on Feb 8, 2015

  9. What a great sight!!! What a well-balanced listing of…everything! I’m 55 and new to this sight. Buffalo Springfield show here is really good if one isn’t hung up by the lack of vocals. The guitar work is great. Thanks for all of it.

    By TONY IN SHERWOOD OREGON on Aug 19, 2016

  10. Such great stuff……and why Neil didn’t put the Mono version of BS Again on the box set instead of the Stereo version we’ve all heard still burns my hide! C’mon, Neil, while we’re still alive, huh?!?!?!?

    By fr in sc on Mar 9, 2017

  11. Does anyone know where the collage Photograph came from at the to of the page ? (the black and white). was it distributed? I found a life size copy of this photograph on Fujifilm photo paper

    By BILL COWAN on Jul 29, 2019

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