Thursday, March 10, 2016

Buffy Sainte-Marie - "The Circle Game" (1970)

Buffy Sainte-Marie - "The Circle Game" (Billboard #109, entered 8/15/70). Written by Joni Mitchell. Produced by Maynard Solomon. 45: "The Circle Game"/"Better to Find Out for Yourself" (Vanguard 1970). LPs: Fire and Fleet and Candlelight (Vanguard 1967); The Strawberry Statement (MGM 1970).

Buffy Sainte-Marie's strident version of Joni Mitchell's "Circle Game," plays during the opening and closing credits of The Strawberry Statement, as if to underscore the film's already heavy-handed message. "Better to Find Out for Yourself," from her 1969 Illuminations album, is a more enticing song - a saucy B-side that brings out, especially, the Cree side of Sainte-Marie, then takes her to the moon.

A side: Buffy Sainte-Marie - "The Circle Game"
B side: Buffy Sainte-Marie - "Better to Find Out for Yourself" (written by Buffy Sainte-Marie)

See also: Chart Song Cinema: The Strawberry Statement (1970)

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