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...i was just listening to her...wow she's great!

duane, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

don't you reckon?

duane, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Please somebody trash her. If Joni Mitchell gets trashed Buffy deserves it as well. Though I must admit I don't really know her. But she is a kind of Joan Baez, isn't she?

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Joan Baez, oh jesus. Joni Mitchell - can't hang w/ her neither (tried, lots)

duane, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

First of all, Joni Mitchell is a genius. I've never heard a Buffy St. Marie album, so I shouldn't comment, but the clips I've heard have her displaying an unbelievably forced, mechanical vibrato. Maybe once you get into her you get over this. She has some cool album covers.

Sean, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Okay, slight nitpick: it's Buffy Sainte-Marie. The connection with Joni Mitchell here may be more than coincidental, as both came from really tiny towns on the Canadian prairie. Buffy gets special note for bringing native American/Canadian issues to the mainstream more than almost any other performer. I remember hearing her Coincidence and Likely Stories when it was first released and thought it was pretty good, though yes...her warble can be a bit distracting if you're not ready for it. Biggest downside: she co- wrote "Up Where We Belong", which meant that she was half responsible for one of those songs that followed me around relentlessly for a year or so. (Good for her, though, for the royalties anyhow).

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Codeine/Codine(?)" and her version of "Hollis Brown" are really spooky and good.

fritz, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, she's no more forced than Jobraith, Sean. Heh heh. I suppose she takes some getting used to, but it's worth it. Search: "Not the Lovin' Kind" off of Moonshots and her early electronic LP Illuminations. And all the early folk stuff. I don't mind "Up Where We Belong" (and her husband Jack Nitzche's just as much to blame), I prefer it to her other oft-covered number "Until It's Time for You to Go".

She's a million times better than Joan Baez, come on.

Arthur, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Her version of Leonard Cohen's "God Is Alive, Magic is Afoot" will just about steamroll anybody's anti-warble prejudicess. And she was on Sesame Street! Playing the mouth-harp! Telling The Kids that Indians Weren't Dead!

Michael Daddino, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's all I know of Buffy there. And damn, she was cool on the show.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Wire '100 list' includes 'Illuminations', if you think that of any consequence; folk songs with weird electro backing images; this stuff _is_ spooky.

I found two relatively cheap and full CDs covering a lot of her early work to be most repeatedly useful, plus they satisfied my curiosity re: "Illuminations" -- "Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie" volumes 1 & 2 Vanguard VCD 3/4 and 33/34 -- 24 tracks per CD !

I _do_ remember liking her as a kid on Sesame St. too, and thanks Duane for those suggestions ..

George Gosset, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten about Sesame Street Buffy, and now it's all flooding back. Buffy was cool! Way better than the modern TV Buffy!

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

By the way, back in the early sixties before alernate tunings were popularized by led Zeppelin, Leo Kottke, and way before Grunge Buffy new over 100 alternate tunings for the guitar.

Just thought it was worth a mention.

Gary O.

Gary Orfi, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i think she is the most under rated prefprmer , she is haubnting and beutiful in a way that manages to encompass a huge range of emotional weight . Plus why wasnt she part of the five nations of utah abroiginal people thing in the olympics ?

anthony, Tuesday, 5 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

buzza, Thursday, 20 January 2011 11:12 (six years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

oh my god, 'GGOD IS ALIVE, MAGIC IS AFOOT'

THIS IS INSANE.

glumdalclitch, Saturday, 15 April 2017 19:38 (one month ago) Permalink

It's my favourite recorded song of all time!

fgti, Saturday, 15 April 2017 22:59 (one month ago) Permalink

god is a foot

progge went a-courtin' (unregistered), Saturday, 15 April 2017 23:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, discovering it was a revelation, it's the setting of that incantatory passage/poem I'd always wanted to hear

briscall stool chart (wins), Saturday, 15 April 2017 23:08 (one month ago) Permalink


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