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Buffalo Springfield Drummer Dies

7 Feb

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Dewey Martin photographed during early days of Buffalo Springfield

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Dewey Martin, drummer for the groundbreaking but notoriously feuding and short-lived rock pioneers Buffalo Springfield, was found dead February 1 in Van Nuys, Calif. He was 68. The cause of death has not been determined. Martin and his bandmates — Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Bruce Palmer — formed the group in Los Angeles in 1966, carving out a unique sound that melded elements of country, folk and rock. Their first single, 1967’s “For What It’s Worth,” captured the zeitgeist of youth culture, touching on themes of community, paranoia and the generation gap and becoming a top 10 hit and rock staple. But that was the band’s lone national success, and its famously sparring members called it quits in 1968 after only three albums — none of which made the top 40. Nonetheless, the group heavily influenced the country-rock scene of the early ’70s. Martin played on all of the band’s songs, which also included “Bluebird,” “Mr. Soul,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Woman” and “On the Way Home.” Its second album, “Buffalo Springfield Again,” ranked No. 188 on Rolling Stone’s list of greatest rock albums. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Martin attempted to keep the band’s name alive after its split, recruiting members for the New Buffalo Springfield. But lawsuits by Young and Stills prevented them from using the name. Bassist Palmer and Martin played the oldies circuit during the mid-’80s and early ’90s as Buffalo Springfield Revisited. Martin also formed other bands that failed to catch on. Young wrote fondly of Martin in his autobiography, “Sharkey”: “You get harder, he hits harder. You pull back, he hits back. He can feel the music — you don’t have to tell him.”

Blue Ash Still Smokin’

7 Nov

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We received a review copy of this CD yesterday from our friends at Conqueroo. I has never heard of the band before, which is surprising because I’m a pretty big fan of the Power Pop movement. Blue Ash is kind of a cross between Badfinger and Buffalo Springfield, complete with plenty of 1970’s arena rock bombast. Dig the groovy threads and the white patent leather zip up boots. They even perform a crunchy version of the Beatles’ “Any Time at All.” Seek it out if you can. This is not a bad addition to your Power Pop catalog alongside other better-known practicioners of the underappreciated genre. If nothing else it’s an interesting timepiece worthy of a fresh listen.

When England’s esteemed ‘Guardian’ newspaper assembled their list of 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die, the 1973 debut album from Blue Ash made the grade amongst all the established classics—pretty remarkable for an obscure record that was out-of-print for over 30 years! Well, we at ‘Collectors’ Choice’ have rectified that injustice, so this critically acclaimed LP can take its rightful place in the power pop pantheon. Signed to Mercury by legendary rock critic/publicist Paul Nelson, this four-piece from Youngstown, OH was among the first power pop bands alongside Badfinger, Big Star and Raspberries to revive the virtues of mid-‘Sixties rock against the then prevailing tides of prog excess and singer-songwriter self-absorption. ‘No More, No Less’ showcases the band’s knack for melodic three-minute pop tunes delivered via a breathless attack that melded the Byrds’ jangle with the Who’s rhythm section and the Fab Four’s harmonies, as heard on the first cut and best-known track ‘Abracadabra (Have You Seen Her?)’. Also includes their rave-up of the Dylan rarity ‘Dusty Old Fairgrounds’ and such proto-power pop gems as ‘I Remember a Time’ and ‘All I Want’.This first-ever CD release features brand-new liner notes, courtesy of the band’s bassist and co-songwriter Frank Secich, along with rare photos from the band’s archives. A ‘Collectors’ Choice Music’ exclusive!