“I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again” by Buffy Saint-Marie - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1968Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Includes 3 reworkings from the back-albums: “Sometimes When I Get To Thinkin'” (Little Wheel Spin And Spin, 1966), “The Piney Wood Hills” (Many A Mile, 1965) and “Now That The Buffalo's Gone” (It's My Way, 1964). I use my discretion to class it as A-list album, especially in light of the fact that it's a wholly conceived country album, a unique entry in her catalogue. By her previous high standards I'd say this was a bit of a miss-step from Buffy, quite why she steered towards a pleasant country affair is a mystery to me. Perhaps she was seeking to enter the American mainstream trojan-horse-style before springing out on The Dick Cavett Show or Johnny Carson's Tonight Show to highlight the injustices of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. That's my conspiracy theory (the inclusion of a countrified “Now That The Buffalo's Gone” backs me up) and I'm sticking to it. My favourite track, “Tall Trees In Georgia”, is a simple song conveying lonely regret in later life with a message for the young ‘uns; when you see a chance, take it, the onus is on you. It’s just beautifully poised; I do love a doleful dirge, and Buffy’s voice is well suited for such works. Tellingly, it's the sole cut which reverts to her folk roots. I rest my case.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:59] 5.3.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Country
A2 [02:29] 4.6.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - He’s A Pretty Good Man If You Ask Me (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Country
A3 [02:10] 5.8.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - Uncle Joe (Traditional) Country
A4 [02:18] 5.5.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - A Soulful Shade Of Blue (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Country
A5 [02:34] 3.5.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - From The Bottom Of My Heart (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Country
A6 [03:01] 3.2.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - Sometimes When I Get To Thinkin’ (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Country
B1 [03:08] 4.3.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - The Piney Wood Hills (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Country
B2 [02:56] 6.1.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - Now That The Buffalo’s Gone [album version '68] (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Country
B3 [01:39] 5.9.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - They Gotta Quit Kickin’ My Dawg Around (Traditional) Country
B4 [03:33] 8.2.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - Tall Trees In Georgia (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Folk
B5 [02:54] 5.7.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - The Love Of A Good Man (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Country
B6 [02:34] 1.2.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - Take My Hand For Awhile (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Pop Ballad
B7 [01:46] 4.2.png Buffy Sainte-Marie - Gonna Feel Much Better When You’re Gone (Beverly Sainte-Marie) Country

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