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  • Audio CD (September 23, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002SN9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Mermaid
2. Reunion Hill
3. Crack In The Mirror
4. February
5. Fishing
6. If I Wrote You
7. Lily
8. Who Do You Think I Am
9. Mercy Bound
10. Money For Floods

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Joan Baez ~ Gone From Danger

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Joan Baez has always been a top-notch interpreter and a perceptive spotter of young talent. On Gone from Danger, she hooks up with a number of talented young songwriters, simultaneously offering them a higher-profile platform for their work and giving her own career a needed boost. Folk-rocker Sinead Lohan contributes the gorgeous "No Mermaid" and "Who Do You Think I Am," while Baez takes on a trio of tunes by Richard Shindell, including "Reunion Hill," which ranks with the Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (which Baez memorably covered) and Dave Alvin's "Andersonville" as among the best contemporary songs about the Civil War. There are also songs by Dar Williams ("February," "If I Wrote You") and Betty Elders ("Crack in the Mirror") and one by Baez herself ("Lily"). All of them are terrific, and the performances are among Baez's best since her commercial heyday. --Daniel Durchholz

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The lyrics are great.
Mary Ann Ward
Joan becomes the person telling her story in each of these songs.
DIANE MEHOLICK
I listen to this album over and over with great appreciation.
Robert Bixby

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Webb on October 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For me, this CD was one of the nicer suprises of 1997 and was proof positive of how growing older can often breathe new life into something and cause a metamorphosis into something brand new.
For several years the "girl with the guitar", once dubbed the "queen of folk" has struggled to find an identity in the vast jungle of contemporary popular music which, when you are a person who has an audience with great expectations, is never easy.
This CD, a collection of covers by Betty Elders, Richard Shindell, Dar Williams, and others, comes as a breath of fresh air with its simple arrangements that manage to sound contemporary without giving into the commercialism so common today. Couple this with a band who's down to earth musicianship truly appreciates and supports the voice it is backing and you have a collection of music worth playing again and again.
While some of her older fans may be dismayed by the changes in her voice, I find that the darker husky texture and tone of her voice has brought a welcome warmth and depth to her music. It is this voice that causes her version of Richard Shindell's "Reunion Hill" to emerge as a victorious anthem of survival. On "February" she brings a sad world weary perspective to Dar William's tale of bittersweet love, and her own composition, "Lily" with its jangling guitars could fit in anywhere in the alternative folk/pop scene today.
Although it scares me to say so, her career spans most of my life. How nice it is then that it has become so rich and full.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Probably the best all-around of any Baez CD, in my opinion. Some of the music is a hard listen: "February" the story of a lost love and new beginning just about brings me to tears. "A crack in the mirror" about child abuse, cuts straight to the bone about the issue---from all points of view.

"Lily" which was written by Baez about a friend of hers from High School that she recently found is probably my favorite of the music. It's uptempo and reminds me strongly of hearing the song live at the Portland Zoo one full moon night.

Frankly, this album is as close as you can get to being there.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Simpson on May 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This 2009 reissue of "Gone from Danger," which is a terrific CD in itself, includes a bonus CD of the 1997 Mountain Stage performances of the CD's material by Joan and colleagues Dar Williams, Sinead Lohan, Betty Elders, and Richard Shindell. Lovely and generous. So even if you have "Gone from Danger" (with or without the earlier limited bonus(es) of a couple of songs, you'll want this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DIANE MEHOLICK on May 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I grew up listening to Joan Baez, but in recent years, my LP's--you know, those discs before CD's--have taken a backseat in my daily listening. Let's face it, soundwise, they just no longer compete. Also, Joan is not up at the top of the charts anymore with the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguillera, et al--I shudder. That's just not my type of music. So with my Joan LP's out of sight and the lack of any "Joan media hype", I forgot that Joan Baez is very much alive and still a better talent than most of the hot tickets today. And she reminded me of that with this album. She has not lost a step. Her voice is pure gold and her songs touching and real. She sings stories. She paints pictures not only with the lyrics, but with the way she sings the words. She conveys emotions. She is an artist. God has given her a gift in her voice and she uses it perfectly. While I love all the songs on this album, my favorites are "Reunion Hill", "Fishing", "If I Wrote You," and "February". Joan becomes the person telling her story in each of these songs. In "Reunion Hill", you feel the woman's sorrow. You picture the INS interviewer in "Fishing". Joan touches her listeners in ways that many of today's "top singers" have yet to do. Many would do well to study Joan's work and learn from her. Final note: I saw Joan perform live on April 1, 2003. She sang for over 2 hours. How many performers do that nowadays? She was personable, honest, and true to herself. Today's younger listeners don't know what they're missing. Joan Baez is a jewel who should be cherished. Keep singing, Joan. I will never stop listening. Especially now that many of your earlier albums are being re-issued on CD. And, I can't wait for the new album this summer. And "Gone From Danger", I rate 5 stars out of 5. Diane Meholick, author of the novel,"Painting Katherine"...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the few that you will almost *always* find in my disc changer. Joan is in fine form on this album and gives masterful interpretations of Dar Williams' "February" and "If I Wrote You." Dar's vocals on "Fishing" will give you chills. Only one problem... no one sings "Reunion Hill" like Richard Shindell.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harold on June 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
After the release of the live recording "Ring Them Bells", Joan returned to the studio for this fine set of material written by some of todays best young songwriters. The opening track, Sinead Lohan's "No Mermaid" gets the cd off to a fine start. It's beautiful and hypnotic, and is followed by Richard Shindell's "Reunion Hill", probably the highlight of the disc. All the songs are well chosen, with Dar Williams' song "February" and another Shindell tune, "Money for Floods", among the other highlights. Joan's voice is still beautiful and as clear as ever, making GONE FROM DANGER a must for new and longtime fans. This is a fine follow up to Joan's last studio cd, PLAY ME BACKWARDS, also highly recommended.
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