Quiet Places was Buffy Sainte-Marie's ninth album and her last for Vanguard Records, with whom she had had a very strained relationship ever since the financial disaster of the experimental Illuminations. In fact, her next album, Buffy, had already been recorded before Quiet Places was actually released and was not to find a label for many months after she had completely broken with Vanguard.
Musically, Quiet Places covered similar territory to her previous album, and was again recorded in Nashville with Norbert Putnam co-producing and such session stalwarts as the Memphis Horns and keyboardist David Briggs backing her voice and guitar. Sainte-Marie's dislike of the promotion for "Mister Can't You See" from her previous album caused Vanguard not to release any singles from the album. A single "I Wanna Hold Your Hand Forever"/"Jeremiah" was issued in May, but it failed to chart. It's B-side had been included on Moonshot, but its A-side had not been included on any album nor on the CD reissue in 2001. Quiet Places thus not unexpectedly failed to dent the Billboard Top 200.