Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie Best of
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Everything the more enthusiastic reviewers say about Buffy I heartily agree with. Her unique voice. The themes from political to personal. The musicianship. And I have no complaint with the selection of songs.
Yet I find these "Best of" collections ultimately disappointing. Perhaps it's only because I became accustomed to listening to the whole, individual albums on vinyl, each with its own very individual style, but it really jars my senses to hear a simple folk song with minimal instrumentation (such as Cripple Creek) followed by a lushly orchestrated country son (I'm Gonna be a Country Girl Again) then by electronica (The Vampire). I was quite disappointed when I made the switch to CD and found these were about the only Buffy available.
If you are new to Buffy, one of these collections would make a good introduction, but by all means get some of the individual albums as well -- the songs sound much better when not torn out of context. Or simply start out with an individual album or two.
now, all that said, for the wonderful songs on here, the ones with buffy and a guitar (and sometimes with her bass player), they are just wonderful, truly a powerful musical and emotional experience. universal soldier is up there with the best of em, as in "now that the buffalo's gone" and "my country tis of thy people you're dying" and "many a mile." buffy is raw power, and don't be fooled, she's one hell of a talented musician as well, highly sophisticated both in voice and on guitar.
i just wish i'd been 28 back in the mid sixties...
she's raw woman, raw human, just raw! (but that later stuff, god, what was she thinking?)
"The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie" compact disc is one of the great values in prerecorded music. The 24 tracks offer 65minutes and 12 seconds of the most varied and brilliantly performed songs a mortal could hope to hear.
I can't think of another album that manages to enlighten the listener on so many varied themes: war, genocide, drugs, patriotism, love lost and found, religion, life choices, commerce, urban sprawl, prejudice and faith yet emphasizing and celebrating the joy of living.
Buffy's voice is a national treasure, and her exquisitely arranged backgrounds perfectly frame her unique and compelling singing.
I've had the great fortune to see and hear her in concert several times in my life and thank god this greatest hits album is always available to help me relive the magic.
Still, this disk and its companion volume 2 are bargains. I agree that Buffy's best album represented by this collection is Illuminations but there are many, many gems that ought to be rediscovered and covered by new artists. By the way, I think "Coincidence and Likely Stories" is a masterpiece! Is it out of print?!?
Most recent customer reviews
The ultimate entertainer. Her live shows are full of energy. At 73 Buffy is still going strong and makes sure you are fully entertained. Writes most of her own material.Published 20 months ago by Jim Wilde
I grew up on Buffy Sainte-Marie. I bought this to hear her again. A lot of the cuts are really second rate and disapointing, for instance this version of Piney Wood Hills is awful... Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Becky
ALL of Buffy's music is wonderful... old, new, in-between...
She is unique and one-of-a-kind...
A master !!!
This is one of the best compilations of folk music ever recorded. If you like Buffy, you NEED this CD.Published on July 27 1999 by Randy LeJeune
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