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Running for the Drum [Limited Edition]
     

Running for the Drum [Limited Edition]

by Buffy Sainte-Marie
 

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Buffy Sainte-Marie has always been a good deal more versatile as a musician than most people realize, roaming through folk, blues, country, pop, and even pioneering electronica on her various albums, always using her Cree ancestry as an anchor, and very few singers have dealt with cultural polemics as intelligently as she has. Perhaps because of her restless drive to

Overview

Buffy Sainte-Marie has always been a good deal more versatile as a musician than most people realize, roaming through folk, blues, country, pop, and even pioneering electronica on her various albums, always using her Cree ancestry as an anchor, and very few singers have dealt with cultural polemics as intelligently as she has. Perhaps because of her restless drive to try new forms, Sainte-Marie's albums are often woefully (but endearingly) erratic and inconsistent, but each contains hidden gems, and while her eerie, vibrato-laden singing style can sound affected at times, her drive to constantly pull her agenda into new musical territories is inspiring. Running for the Drum is her first new album in 17 years, and while it probably won't change anyone's attitudes about her work, it wonderfully spotlights all of the musical themes, forms, and concerns she's pursued in the past four decades. The album opens with a pair of Native American rockers, "No No Keshagesh" and "Cho Cho Fire," that draw on Native American drum rhythms, and both are fiery and invigorating. She revisits one of her finest early songs, the beautiful and haunting "Little Wheel Spin and Spin." She pays tribute to Elvis Presley and rockabilly with the fun "Blue Sunday," then tackles New Orleans with the chugging "I Bet My Heart on You," which includes a piano duet with Taj Mahal. Then there are the love songs -- always one of Sainte-Marie's greatest strengths (her most famous songs, "Until It's Time for You to Go" and "Up Where We Belong," are both classic pop love songs, equal to any Tin Pan Alley/Brill Building creation). "When I Had You" is gorgeous and moving, as is "Easy Like the Snow Falls Down," a love song that expands to embrace the whole of life, including its end, with compassion and calm wisdom. Is this a great album that will change the world? No, it isn't. But it's a joy to hear, and it's comforting that Sainte-Marie is still writing amazing songs, taking firm social and political stands, performing with spirit, joy, and passion, and pretty much doing what she's always done. What makes this package even more of a delight is the DVD, A Multimedia Life, that is included. A documentary of Sainte-Marie's life featuring interviews with Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, Randy Bachman, and Bill Cosby, among others, and several sessions with Sainte-Marie herself, it is the portrait of a determined, vibrant, intensely creative woman who is undeniably a true North American treasure. That her concerns and goals remain completely intact after all these years, to say nothing of her musical talent, is, again, very comforting. Hopefully we won't have to wait another 17 years for the next album.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/2009
Label:
Appleseed Records
UPC:
0611587111722
catalogNumber:
1117

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buffy Sainte-Marie   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Flute,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,keyboard bass,Synthesizer Flute,D-50
Bill Cosby   Interviewee
Taj Mahal   Piano
Joni Mitchell   Interviewee
Robbie Robertson   Interviewee
Randy Bachman   Interviewee
Chris Birkett   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,Acoustic Bass,Soloist,Distortion,Tibetan Bowls
Kevan McKenzie   Drums
Neil Chapman   Bass
Whitefish Jr's   Sampling
Monte Horton   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Nicolas Mirande   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Pat Cockett   Dulcimer,Slack Key Guitar
Cyril Diet   Drums
Adrian Fiorelli   Drums
Kirk Smart   Lap Steel Guitar
Roger Jacobs   Drum Loop

Technical Credits

Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Cover Design,Drum Samples
Chris Birkett   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
Patrick Duffy   Cover Design
Jim Birkett   Sound Effects,drum programming
John Einarson   Writer
Katherine Lee Bates   Composer
Steve Payne   Engineer
Lorne Saifer   Management
Gilles Paquin   Executive Producer,Management
John Bessai   Producer
Trevor Brady   Cover Photo
Rodney Obey   Engineer
Joan Prowse   Director,Producer,Documentation
Roger Jacobs   drum programming

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