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Various Artists, 'Native North America Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985'
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12. Various Artists, 'Native North America Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985'

Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Redbone, Robbie Robertson, Jesse Ed Davis: Rock, folk and blues are rich in Native American history and personality. This two-CD anthology uncovers a protest music and acute cultural reflection that mostly came later, with a quietly magnetic fervor, in the wake of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Wounded Knee. Most of the performers are solo and Canadian (a Vol. 2 will focus on the continental U.S.); Young and countryman Bruce Cockburn are certain vocal and lyric influences on artists such as Willie Dunn ("I Pity the Country") and Brian Davey ("Dreams of Ways"). There is prophecy too: David Campbell's "Sky-Man and the Moon," from 1978, is a folk-with-synthesizer jewel, while the ragged garage-pop of the Inuit combo Sugluk, from 1975, suggests Nineties indie-rock born way ahead of the white man's schedule.

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