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    Buffalo Springfield 1966 Redondo Beach, CA Concert Poster. An original and homegrown psychedelic concert poster for Neil Young, Stephen Stills and the Buffalo Springfield performing in the Los Angeles seaside town of Redondo Beach, CA on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 14 & 15, 1966. The Third Eye was the name of the venue, and the co-headlining band was the Count Five out of San Jose, who were currently enjoying their one & only hit single, the highly influential "Psychotic Reaction" - which is plugged in the upper right corner. This was still a month before the release of the Springfield's debut album. Measures 14 1/4" x 22 1/2" and grades to Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: This was quite early in the career of Buffalo Springfield, whose line-up was rounded out by guitarist Richie Furay, bassist Bruce Palmer and drummer Dewey Martin. They had formed in March 1966; recorded their first single in July ("Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing," written by Neil Young but sung by Furay); that 45 was released in August, but flopped; they recorded their debut album, Buffalo Springfield, in August & September; then this poster fell in October; in November, that debut album was released; and in December, they recorded "For What It's Worth." Still, 1966 ended without the Buff ever touching Billboard's music charts.

    And at the time of these shows, BS had never played a gig outside of California, and only once outside of Southern Calif. They would eventually appear on five Bill Graham concert posters 400 miles to the north, but this Redondo Beach poster predates even the first one (BG-36, where they were third-billed to Bola Sete and Country Joe).

    The second-billed Count Five threatened to upstage the Buff; their classic hit "Psychotic Reaction" had just reached #5 in Billboard when these shows took place, so that song must've certainly received the most rousing reception of the evenings. "Psychotic Reaction" was once voted the seventh-best garage-rock song of all time, and it remains an evergreen to this day, so it's a big bonus that it's mentioned on the poster.

    The poster's artwork is a typical nonsensical psychedelic design of the era, with possibly a European city being the basis for the pink photo montage in the center, which also features faces, eyeballs and you-name-it. Robbie A. Park was the graphic artist, who gave himself a credit under "Torrance."

    Condition details: Upper left corner has one nail hole and two staple holes. Upper right corner has three tack holes, resulting in a small torn piece on the very tip of the corner, hanging on but reinforced safely by a small piece of cello tape. Lower left corner has about five pinholes. And the lower right corner has two pin holes, plus staple holes above that in the margin, to the right of the poster artist's name. There are a few other posting holes throughout the poster which have been harmlessly filled or smoothed over, the only one in the artwork falling just under the eye of the girl's large pink face in the right center of the poster. There's also a small surface crease on the girl's nose. There's a 3 ½" horizontal crease in the upper right white margin, and the same but four inches in the lower left white margin area. Very, very light water staining shows on the verso and is apparent on the front only to the left of "Corner." General overall toning throughout. And the verso reflects the above condition issues, plus tape residue (non-sticky, visual only) in the four corners. There's also a 2 ½"-long tape lift in the top center of the verso.

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    July, 2021
    16th-18th Friday-Sunday
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