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The Best of the Vanguard Years: Remastered [CD]

Buffy Sainte-Marie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B0002XB95A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Soulful Shade Of Blue
2. Summer Boy
3. The Universal Soldier
4. Better To Find Out By Yourself
5. Cod'ine
6. He's A Keeper Of The Fire
7. Take My Hand For Awhile
8. Groundhog
9. The Circle Game
10. My Country 'tis Of Thy People You're Dying
11. Many A Mile
12. Until It's Time For You To Go
13. Rolling Log Blues
14. God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot
15. Guess Who I Saw In Paris
16. The Piney Wood Hills
17. Now That The Buffalo Is Gone
18. Cripple Creek
19. I'm Gonna Be A Country Girl Again
20. The Vampire
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A welcome addition to Vanguard’s "Vanguard Sessions" series is the best of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s recordings for the label. The previous "Best Of" (VCD 3) has always been amongst the label’s top sellers and this longer (over 78 minute’s worth) and better-sounding (all digitally remastered) is sure to emulate this. In addition, the last two tracks are previously unreleased live recordings made at Carnegie Hall in November 1968.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense 4 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
It would be difficult to put together a bad selection from Buffy SM's early albums. She arrived on the American folk scene in 1963 hollering and yelling in her amazing vibrato Cree Indian voice. Her first albums were made of the same elements everyone else was using - old ballads, occasional blues, self-composed stuff including big protest numbers - but they were better than anyone else's folk albums with the exception of Dylan. It was the fantastic elasticity and passion of her voice, which swooped, howled, seduced, lilted and vibrated all at the same time, and made even short pieces like Winter Boy stay in your mind for years. This plus a beautiful muscular guitar style (check out Codine for instance). She wrote two monster songs, Universal Soldier and Until it's Time for you to Go, which everyone recorded. She made experimental albums, such as the brilliant country excursion "I'm Going to be a Country Girl Again" (and how confusing was that in 1968! A Native American singing country and western?) or the electronic colours of "Illuminations". I think it was perhaps the extreme intensity of her performances which kept her from busting out into the stardom which her contemporary Joni Mitchell had achieved by the mid-70s. Instead, Buffy retired in 1976. (And came back, a little bit, in 1993)
I would have swapped Better to Find out for Yourself and He's a Keeper of the Flame (she was never too convincing doing rock songs) for On the Banks of Red Roses and Ananias but that's nitpicking. This is a great collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From vinyl to CD 19 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've enjoyed Buffy's work for a very long time but needed to update from vinyl. This CD is worth 5 stars but only got four because I'm a bit miffed that some of my favourite tracks never made it onto this CD. It is a good combination of her work although one or more tracks were new to me and a little too hard-core country for my taste. And nice to hear the songs without the crackle from scratches in my vinyl albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive collection of her '60's eclectic output... 8 Feb 2004
By William E. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a recent re-issue of the old double LP "Best of Buffy St. Marie." Added are two live tracks, extending this compilation to 78 minutes. Buffy is heard on 24 songs from her six Vanguard records, done between 1964 and 1969. The two concert tracks, previously unreleased, are from a Carnegie Hall date in 1968. If you were a Buffy fan in the old days, you either own the first CD issue of the "Best" LP's, or you own most of the original albums. If you are not familiar with her, this is a bargain introduction, and a fair one. Not every song on here was written by her, and not every performance is equally pleasing. Overall, however, this is a classic of the Folk Revival and should be in every folk fan's collection. Buffy sometimes hurt her commercial appeal, or her pure-folk credentials, due to her varied musical interests. Not content to stay a traditional singer, she was part of urban singer-songwriter movement; realizing as Dylan did that one could not stay there forever, she made forays into country sounds, and less successfully, into electronic rock. A few songs of each type are on this disc. As a part Native American, adopted by a couple who themselves were part Native American, albeit from a different tribe, Buffy was a natural to join Peter LaFarge (composer of "The Ballad of Ira Hayes") in voicing the plight of American Indians to audiences willing to listen. I became a fan even before her first album was released, having heard her songs "Cod'ine" and "Universal Soldier" performed by others. I saw Buffy in concert in 1966, and was enthalled. I have always felt her greatest songs were "My Country 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying" and "Now That The Buffalo's Gone." As an Anglo who undoubtedly benefitted, at least indirectly, from the defeat of Native Americans, the songs are not easy for me to accept, but I love the writing and the power of her performances. "Universal Soldier" is not the most gut-wrenching anti-war song around, but it was a nice hit for Donovan back in the days, and has a nice hook. From her country period, I like "Soulful Shade of Blue" and "I'm Gonna Be A Country Girl Again." Another favorite is "Sometimes When I Get To Thinkin'". I like that one even better than the famous "Until It's Time For You To Go" which is likely her most lucrative piece of writing.
I can't skip her version of Joni Mitchell's "Circle Game" either, especially since Buffy put that on an LP before anyone knew who Joni was. She also does a fine job on "Many a Mile" by the underappreciated Patrick Sky. However, I don't much like the electronic experiments, like "God is Alive, Magic is Afoot"-- and not all her traditional choices please me, like "Los Pescadores." When one looks at this item, with 26 songs, and can say as I do, "Well, eight of them are not sensational...but 18 are" I think my five-star rating is still justified. Buffy was vital to the folk scene for a full decade, and carried on the Native American presence in that world after Peter LaFarge died in 1965, surpassing his own contributions. For that alone, she'll always have a place in my heart as a five-star artist.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy The Music Player 18 Jun 2004
By Michael G. Batcho - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Back in the beginning of the 1970's, I saw a movie called, "The Strawberry Statement". The movie was alright . . . but the soundtrack was phenomenal! One track that reallyy really impressed itself upon me and my musical memory was a Joni Mitchell penned song, sung and performed by Buffy Sainte Marie, "The Circle Game". Of course I ran right out and bought the soundtrack on LP . . . and then on cassette tape . . . (never did get it on cd . . . maybe it isn't on cd). The most played track on the album was Buffy's "The Circle Game".
Of course the movie soundtrack got me hooked on the music and songs of Buffy Sainte Marie.
This "Best of the Vanguard Years" is really that . . . the best. No need to program any tracks in or out on yyour player. Just plop it into your player and let Buffy work her magic on your ears and on your souls.
I remember her, "Until It's Time For You To Go" . . . "Guess Who I Saw In Paris" - "The Universal Soldier" (which was also covered and made popular by Donovan) - and the very edgy "Cod'ine" . . . they are all on here and many more. Some folk, some more electric and experimental, some of the best country sounds you may ever get to hear. No matter what the style, Buffy brings remarkable "presence" and character to the lyric and melody to the soul.
If you are a fan of Buffy . . get this cd! If you have never heard Buffy before, get this cd! You will never regret purchasing this album and will long cherish it. It may never leave your cd player . . . it will have found itself a home in your home . . .and in your heart!
Thanks Buffy Sainte Marie for all the great songs and music yyou have gifted us with over the years . . . and which yyou still write and perform and record. And thanks you for this most impressive collection of your recordings from your "Vanguard years"! :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of a long career. 10 May 2004
By Darrel Drumm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Buffy Sainte-Marie was one of the first Native American singers to break out and achieve a popularity beyond just her ethnic background. This CD shows why. The tracks are from albums recorded for Vanguard Records from 1965 to 1968 and show the variety which she has in her repetoire. There is not a bad track on here. From her protest songs, such as The Universal Soldier and My Country 'Tis of thy People You're Dying, through the mystical and utterly satisfying God is Alive, Magic is Affoot, and traditional folksongs such as Groundhog, this CD satisfies. The only thing wrong with it is it doesn't go on into her later recordings, but they weren't with Vanguard.
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