1976 Buffy Sainte-Marie – Sweet America

Sweet America was the twelfth studio album by Buffy Sainte-Marie and her last before retiring from music to work on Sesame Street and in education. The album was dedicated to the American Indian Movement and featured some songs with tribal rhythms and vocals that she was later to develop on her 1992 comeback Coincidence and Likely Stories.

After parting with MCA Records, Sainte-Marie signed with ABC Records, then home of such artists as Steely Dan, the early Pointer Sisters, Isaac Hayes and the James Gang. Although Sweet America received a little more attention from the press than her two MCA albums Buffy and Changing Woman, most reviews were not favorable. When MCA acquired ABC Records in 1979, Sweet America went out of print along with her two MCA albums, and remaining copies were not thereafter circulated. Claims that her retirement was motivated by the collapse of ABC Records are unlikely because she had not been recording for over three years when the label collapse

Tracks

1  Sweet America (Barry Greenfield) 2:58
2  Wynken, Blynken & Nod (Buffy Sainte-Marie; Eugene Field) 3:06
3  Where Poets Go (Buffy Sainte-Marie) 2:49
4  Free The Lady (Barry Greenfield) 3:16
5  America My Home (Buffy Sainte-Marie) 2:27
6  Look At The Facts (Buffy Sainte-Marie) 2:13
7  I Don’t Need No City Life (Buffy Sainte-Marie) 3:07
8  Sweet January (Buffy Sainte-Marie) 2:44
9  Qu\’appelle Valley, Saskatchewan (Buffy Sainte-Marie) 3:14
10  Honey Can You Hang Around (Buffy Sainte-Marie) 3:10
11  I Been Down (Buffy Sainte-Marie) 2:00
12  Starwalker (Buffy Sainte-Marie) 2:26
13  Ain’t No Time For Worryin’ Blues (Buffy Sainte-Marie) 1:03

Musicians

1 Sweet America

Bass Max Bennett
Drums John Guerin
Guitar Larry Carlton
Keyboards Mike Melvoin
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie


2 Wynken, Blynken & Nod

Guitar Buffy Sainte-Marie
Guitar Chris Leuzinger
Dulcimers Ben Benay
Keyboards Dwight Scott
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie


3 Where Poets Go

Bass Spady Brannon
Drums Steve Krawczyn
Guitar Ben Benay
Guitar Chris Leuzinger
Keyboards Dwight Scott
Organ Mike Melvoin
Recorder Tom Scott
Percussion Emil Richards
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie


4 Free The Lady

Bass Max Bennett
Drums John Guerin
Guitar Larry Carlton
Keyboards Mike Melvoin
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters
Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie


5 America My Home

Bass Max Bennett
Guitar Larry Carlton
Keyboards Mike Melvoin
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie

6 Look At The Facts

Bass Dennis Kovarik
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Ben Benay
Guitar Jay Graydon
Keyboards Bill Cuomo
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters
Background Vocals Venetta Fields
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie


7 I Don’t Need No City Life

Bass Spady Brannon
Guitar Buffy Sainte-Marie
Guitar Chris Leuzinger
Percussion Emil Richards
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie

8 Sweet January

Bass Spady Brannon
Guitar Ben Benay
Steel Guitar Red Rhodes
Banjo Chris Leuzinger
Keyboards Dwight Scott
Harmonica Ben Benay
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie


9 Qu’appelle Valley, Saskatchewan

Drums Steve Krawczyn
Organ Bill Cuomo
Piano Buffy Sainte-Marie
Wurlitzer Dwight Scott
Background Vocals Sheldon Peters
Vocals Tony Purley
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie


10 Honey Can You Hang Around

Bass John Pierce
Drums Bart Hall
Guitar Geoff Levin
Keyboards Mike Melvoin
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie


11 I Been Down

Bass Spady Brannon
Drums Steve Krawczyn
Guitar Chris Leuzinger
Keyboards Dwight Scott
Percussion Emil Richards
Background Vocals Sheldon Peters
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie


12 Starwalker

Bass Spady Brannon
Drums Steve Krawczyn
Guitar Chris Leuzinger
Guitar Geoff Levin
Keyboards Dwight Scott
Background Vocals Sheldon Peters
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie


13 Ain’t No Time For Worryin’ Blues

Guitar Buffy Sainte-Marie
Guitar Chris Leuzinger
Vocals Buffy Sainte-Marie

Liner Notes

Producer – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Henry Lewy
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Mike Melvoin (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 10)
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Ben Benay (Track 6)
Engineer – Henry Lewy
Engineer (Assistant) – Ellis Sorkin
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman

Art Direction – Tom Wilkes
Photography – Norman Seeff

Recorded At A&aM Studios
Phonographic Copyright ABC Records Inc
Copyright ABC Records Inc