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Buffy Sainte-Marie Audio CD
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3. Universal Soldier
4. Better To Find Out For Yourself
5. Cod'ine
6. He's a Keeper Of a Fire
7. Take My Hand For a While
8. Ground Hog
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. Piney Wood Hills
17. Now That the Buffalo's Gone
18. Cripple Creek
19. I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl Again
20. The Vampire
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Confusing Mix of Wonderful Cuts June 7 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have been an enthusiastic fan of Buffy Sainte-Marie's for upwards of thirty years, yet this collection (along with Vol. 2 of "The Best ...") just doesn't do it for me.
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.
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there are some truly wonderful songs on here, but the compilation also puts on a lot of schloc. almost all of her later work, i feel, is terrible - all her synthetic stuff, ick! and there's a fair amount of it on here. i've owned this album (in record form) for five or six years, and there are just some songs NOT WORTH EVER LISTENING TO.
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?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy's Best: Better than Most Oct. 19 2000
Format:Audio CD
Buffy Sainte-Marie is an acquired taste. Some are put off by the quaver in her voice; others object to her politicizing of music; still others find her jumping around from one music genre to another a bit odd. Nonetheless, she is a stupendous talent, and this collection showcases all the above. The anger evident in "My Country Tis of Thy People You're Dying" is a stinging indictment of American treatment of native American cultures. "Uuniversal Soldier" is a classic anti-war anthem. "Codine" is haunting in the reality that Buffy's voice brings to it. For those who like a little Nashville sound, "I'm Gonna Be A Country Girl Again" (which, though released as a single several times steadfastly refused to become a hit) and "Soulful Shade of Blue" are beautiful country tributes. Of course, the collection wouldn't be complete without Buffy Sainte-Marie's own version of the classic "Until It's Time For You To Go." So many more could be singled out for their beauty or for their uniqueness. Suffice it to say that this a great introduction to Buffy Sainte-Marie's songbook. Though a bit scattered in organization of tracks--as other reviewers have stated--it is still a fine tribute to a multi-talented musician who is far too silent today.
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No other entertainer has ever moved me as deeply and as consistently as Buffy Sainte Marie.
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy Sainte-Marie belongs in the pantheon Sept. 21 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am reluctant to give this CD 5 stars only because, as another reviewer mentioned, I prefer individual albums, all of them, or at least I'd prefer the songs in order of recording. I look forward to a box set comparable to the Nick Drake collection.
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?!?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it May 4 2004
By Becky
Format:Audio CD
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 compared to what you can hear on her album "Many a Mile". Also, this best of mixes periods which just don't go together at all. Try to get her original recordings. Not all of them are available on Amazon, there is an Italian distributor you can find on Google.
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