Moonshot (album)

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Moonshot Buffy Sainte Marie.jpg
Studio album by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Released April 1972
Genre Folk
Length 32:02
Label Vanguard
Producer Norbert Putnam, Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie chronology
She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina
(1971)She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina1971
Quiet Places
(1973)Quiet Places1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[2]

Moonshot, released in 1972, is the eighth album by Buffy Sainte-Marie and her penultimate album for Vanguard Records.


After the very modest success of her previous album She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina, Vanguard again teamed Sainte-Marie with renowned pop session musicians in its effort to improve sales and the amount of money she was making for the label. Most notable among those performing on Moonshot are the Memphis Horns, whilst production was by Buffy herself with Neon Philharmonic bass player Norbert Putnam, who had produced Joan Baez' last Vanguard release Blessed Are... and was to produce Buffy's next two albums as well.

Although the album itself fared little better commercially than its predecessor, only spending seven weeks on the Billboard Top 200, an extensive promotional campaign by Vanguard and extensive AM radio airplay saw the closing track, a cover of Mickey Newbury's "Mister Can't You See", become Sainte-Marie's sole significant commercial success in the States, spending two weeks in the lower reaches of the Top 40 in late April and early May 1972. However, Sainte-Marie was very upset with Vanguard's extensive promotion of the single and this was one reason why she only recorded one more album for the label before moving to MCA in 1973.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Buffy Sainte-Marie unless otherwise indicated

  1. "Not the Lovin' Kind" - 3:53
  2. "You Know How to Turn on Those Lights" - 2:05
  3. "I Wanna Hold Your Hand Forever" - 2:59
  4. "He's an Indian Cowboy in the Rodeo" - 2:09
  5. "Lay It Down" (Gene Thomasson) - 2:47
  6. "Moonshot" - 3:49
  7. "Native North American Child" - 2:14
  8. "My Baby Left Me" (Arthur Crudup) - 3:01
  9. "Sweet Memories" (Mickey Newbury) - 3:19
  10. "Jeremiah" - 3:08
  11. "Mister Can't You See" (Mickey Newbury, Townes Van Zandt) - 3:17




Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Peak position
1972 Pop Albums 134
Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Mister Can't You See" Billboard Pop Singles 38
1972 "He's an Indian Cowboy in the Rodeo" Billboard Pop Singles 98