Best of the Vanguard Years

Best of the Vanguard Years

by Buffy Sainte-Marie


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Buffy Sainte-Marie's name is forever connected to the protest branch of the great folk revival in the early-to-mid-'60s, and more specifically to songs like "Universal Soldier" and "Cod'ine." The Best of the Vanguard Years cuts a wider swath, however, featuring Sainte-Marie's work from 1964, when the above songs were released, to 1969, when her music had acquired a more experimental, rock edge. The collected tracks mix these different eras at random, moving from stark acoustic songs like "Cod'ine" to rock & roll numbers like "He's the Keeper of the Fire" to country pieces like "Take My Hand for a While." While this is a bit jarring, perhaps it serves to give a listener new to Sainte-Marie a more even understanding of her work. Through all of these stylistic changes, though, the forceful, often trembling intensity of Sainte-Marie's voice creates a powerful unity. There are great jewels here, including "Groundhog" from her second album, Many a Mile, and "Rolling Log Blues" from Little Wheel Spin and Spin with guitar work from the great session player Bruce Langhorne. A couple things sound dated here, specifically Sainte-Marie's early version of Joni Mitchell's "Circle Game" with its overripe pop production. These odd cuts are exceptions, though. The Best of the Vanguard Years offers a fine intro to an artist who never allowed politics or musical style to limit her vision.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2004
Label: Vanguard Imports
UPC: 0029667004121
catalogNumber: 6700412
Rank: 49741

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buffy Sainte-Marie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mouth Bow
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Jordanaires   Vocals
Art Davis   Bass
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Eric Weissberg   Guitar
John Craviotta   Drums
Ray Edenton   Electric Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Lottie Kimbrough   Choir, Chorus
Bruce Langhorne   Electric Guitar
Shorty Lavender   Fiddle
Wayne Moss   Bass
Sonny Osborne   Banjo
Rick Oxendine   Bass
Russ Savakus   Bass
Jerry Shook   Bass
Patrick Sky   Guitar,Harmonica
Velma Smith   Rhythm Guitar
Hal Rugg   Steel Guitar
Bill Ackerman   Drums
Peter Schickele   Conductor

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Patrick Sky   Composer
Dave Samuelson   Liner Notes
Peter Schickele   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Jimmy Lembo   Art Direction

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