|Last Time Around|
|Studio album by|
|Released||July 30, 1968|
|Recorded||February 1967 -- April 1968|
|Genre||Folk rock, psychedelic rock, country rock|
|Buffalo Springfield chronology|
Last Time Around is the third and final studio album by the American folk rock band Buffalo Springfield, released in July 1968. It features Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, and Jim Messina, who also worked as producer and a recording engineer.
Last Time Around was released to fulfill contractual commitments. By the time it was completed the group had functionally disbanded, with the cover photo of the group consisting of a montage and the five original members only recording together on one track, "On the Way Home".
Original bassist Bruce Palmer only appears on "On the Way Home". His face is shown on the back cover photo montage with a humorous, partially obscured, "mad" sign aligned, due to Palmer resembling Alfred E. Neuman in the shot.
The lyrics to "The Hour of Not Quite Rain" were the result of an August 1967 contest run by Los Angeles radio station KHJ. Entrants would write a poem to be set to music and recorded by the Buffalo Springfield. The prize was $1000 plus publishing royalties. The winning entry was written by Micki Callen.
The album contained songs that were very important to the authors. Neil Young has performed both "I Am a Child" and "On the Way Home" in concert throughout his career, the latter both solo and with CSNY, the Transband and the Bluenotes. "Kind Woman" became one of Richie Furay's best known tunes; he performed it with Poco and throughout his solo career. Stephen Stills merged "Questions" with a new song, "Carry On", which became the opening track on Déjà Vu and was a major part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's concert repertoire.
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
Barry Gifford of Rolling Stone, called Last Time Around Buffalo Springfield's "most beautiful record" and "a final testament to their multi-talent".Robert Christgau, writing for Esquire, called it a "beautiful farewell album" of "countrified music", in which "country elements are incorporated into a total style".Richie Unterberger was less enthusiastic in a retrospective review for AllMusic. He found Young's songs for the album "outstanding", but believed Stills' songwriting was a decline from the group's previous albums. It was voted number 505 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).
Track numbers refer to CD and digital releases of the album.
|Billboard Pop Albums||42|
|Cashbox Album Charts||18|
|Record World Album Charts||16|