The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie

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The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie
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Greatest hits album by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Released 1970
Recorded 1964 to 1969
Genre Folk
Length 75:31
Label Vanguard
Producer Maynard Solomon
except
"He's a Keeper of the Fire" and "Guess Who I Saw in Paris" produced by Mark Roth
Buffy Sainte-Marie chronology
The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie
(1970)
The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie Vol. 2
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie is a compilation album taken from her first six albums with Vanguard Records, released in 1970.

History[edit]

Originally issued as a double-LP set after the financial disaster of Illuminations, the album contains material from all her previous albums but not one track unavailable elsewhere at the time of its release. The compilation was a very modest chart success, returning her to the Top 200 after the failure of Illuminations, from which it does however extract five tracks.

Because Many a Mile has been issued on compact disc only in Italy, and Illuminations and Fire & Fleet & Candlelight were not issued on CD until many years after The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie became her first-ever release on CD in 1990, the compilation has always been of considerable value despite containing no hits except the extremely minor #98 "I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl Again" (which actually only reached even that position after being re-released after "Soldier Blue"). An abbreviated single-LP version was also released in 1972 with the catalogue number Vanguard 73113.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Buffy Sainte-Marie except where indicated.

  1. "Soulful Shade of Blue"5 - 2:14
  2. "Summer Boy"4 - 2:39
  3. "Universal Soldier"1 - 2:15
  4. "Better to Find Out for Yourself"6 - 2:12
  5. "Cod'ine"1 - 5:01
  6. "He's a Keeper of the Fire"6 - 2:58
  7. "Take My Hand for a While"5 - 2:30
  8. "Ground Hog"2 (Traditional) - 2:13
  9. "The Circle Game"4 (Joni Mitchell) - 2:51
  10. "My Country 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying"3 - 6:49
  11. "Many a Mile"2 (Patrick Sky) - 2:42
  12. "Until It's Time for You to Go"2 - 2:27
  13. "Rolling Log Blues"3 - 3:28
  14. "God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot"6 (poem by Leonard Cohen/music by Buffy Sainte-Marie) - 4:46
  15. "Guess Who I Saw in Paris"6 - 2:25
  16. "Piney Wood Hills"5 - 3:04
  17. "Now That the Buffalo's Gone"1 - 2:45
  18. "Cripple Creek"1 - 1:45
  19. "I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl Again"5 - 2:57
  20. "The Vampire"6 - 2:05
  21. "Little Wheel Spin and Spin"3 - 2:26
  22. "Winter Boy"3 - 2:10
  23. "Los Pescadores"2 - 2:01
  24. "Sometimes When I Get to Thinking"3 - 2:59
  • 1 - From It's My Way!
  • 2 - From Many a Mile
  • 3 - From Little Wheel Spin and Spin
  • 4 - From Fire & Fleet & Candlelight
  • 5 - From I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl Again
  • 6 - From Illuminations

Charts[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Peak Position
1970 Pop Albums 142

References[edit]