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2009 release, the soundtrack to the Joan Baez documentary of the same name. In the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the private life and public career of Joan Baez, How Sweet The Sound examines her history as a recording artist and performer as well as her remarkable journey as the conscience of a generation. This soundtrack includes material spanning Joan's career, including many rare, previously unreleased performances.

1. Man Smart Woman Smarter
2. I Never Will Marry
3. Barbara Allen
4. Silver Dagger
5. Fennario
6. Oh Freedom
7. With God On Our Side
8. A Song for David
9. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
10. I Pity The Poor Immigrant (Duet w/ Bob Dylan)
11. Carry It On
12. Diamonds & Rust
13. Love Song To A Stranger
14. Day After Tomorrow
15. Jerusalem

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B002LIKM98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Prouse on October 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This companion piece to the fine American Masters program of the same title is a historical record of a lifetime of music and activism. It includes a couple of polished, slick tracks from studio albums (ONE DAY AT A TIME, BLESSED ARE...), but is otherwise made up of previously unreleased live recordings from Baez concerts spanning the decades. The quality of the sound varies (Barbara Allen the poorest, the studio stuff the clearest), but Joan's fans (this fan, anyway) will consider this recording a welcome, sweet gift from a gifted artist. Anyone who owns or has enjoyed the boxed set, RARE, LIVE & CLASSIC, will like this collection; its almost an addendum to that anthology (most of the repeated songs are different performances).

In her earliest period, when her voice was at its purest, Baez was excruciatingly serious, but at the same time, there was a sweetness that balanced the cold, detached quality of songs that were often hundreds of years old. She connected with these old melodies in a special way that turned them from museum artifacts into compelling stories, deeply felt and communicated. Back then, I sometimes got the feeling Joan was singing only to me -- they seemed that intimate. Although I've moved on to an extremely broad range of music, and collected every kind of music imaginable, I credit Joan Baez for sparking my love of music at the age of seven (1960), and so, along with just a handful of others whose careers have been almost as long (Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ian Tyson), I've kept up with her career.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on January 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This CD serves as the soundtrack to the PBS special (and now on DVD) How Sweet The Sound, a biography of Joan Baez. Musically, it's an interesting batch of rarities and live cuts with a trio of choice studio selections. The rarities will delight fans; a pair of rare live songs from 1958 from Club 47 in Massachusetts. While the quality is not the highest, they showcase a young and pure voice already skilled at interpreting traditional folks songs ("I Will Never Marry" and "Barbra Allen"). Live songs later in the album find Joan in the 2000's interpreting modern folk classics writers like Steve Earle.

She also shows here ability to reach the heart of other persons' songs, like Robbie Robertson's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (studio version) and Bob Dylan's "With God on Our Side" (live version). Her own writing has also yielded classics, with the obvious - "Diamonds and Rust," speaking of Dylan - here in a 2008 concert version. "How Sweet The Sound" contains this 15 song mixture, which makes it very nice for folkies or fans of Joan Baez, but not essential.

Also recommended: Day After Tomorrow
Joan Baez' Greatest Hits
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The songs in this album appear to be chronologically arraigned. Except for the first song, which I'd never heard Joan Baez perform, the older songs were mostly nostalgic for me. However, as the cuts progressed through her career, a picture of this creative woman's life emerged for me. It gave me a fresh appreciation of the candor of the songs she wrote and the significance of her work.

Listening to the evolution of her vocal skills also been a treat. The last two songs especially move me, and I have enjoyed them many times as I've played them again and yet again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Siomos on May 12, 2010
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Joan Baez is timeless, her music is the same. May she have a long life.
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