Monday, December 19, 2016

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Illuminations (1969)

Folk singer/songwriter great Buffy Sainte-Marie's most experimental and IMO all-around best album. Flower-child acoustic rituals, fuzzy psych, cosmic sorrow, and some rad primitive electronics that, the back sleeve notes, are "synthesized from Buffy Sainte-Marie's voice and guitar." It's not quite the acid-fueled freakout that some might have you believe, but it's a far cry from the relatively conventional (still great!) fare for which she's known.

Track listing:
1. God Is Alive and Magic Is Afoot
2. Mary
3. Better to Find Out for Yourself
4. The Vampire
5. Adam
6. The Dream Tree
7. Suffer the Little Children
8. The Angel
9. With You, Honey
10. Guess Who I Saw in Paris
11. He's a Keeper of the Fire
12. Poppies (For Mr. Allerton)

Bouquets of poppies spilling from my heart

You should also give these a spin:
Dr. Strangely Strange -
Kip of the Serenes (1969)
Sally Oldfield -
Water Bearer (1978)


  1. Her most unusual album. Thanks for posting this.

  2. additional meaningless trivia: Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach
    is featured playing kooky synths or something