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Noel

Joan BaezAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (December 5, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vangard Years
  • ASIN: B000000EJ5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2. Coventry Carol
3. Good King Wenceslas (Instr.)
4. The Little Drummer Boy
5. I Wonder As I Wander
6. Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella (Instr.)
7. Down In Yon Forrest
8. The Carol Of The Birds
9. Angels We Have Heard On High (Instr.)
10. Ave Maria (Sung In German)
11. Mary's Wandering
12. Deck The Halls (Instr.)
13. Away In A Manger
14. Adeste Fidelis (Instr.)
15. Cantique De Noel (Sung In French)
16. What Child Is This
17. Silent Night

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In her early days Joan Baez's beautiful soprano rang like a bell, so it's no surprise that it's the perfect instrument for a set of ancient carols and Christmas favorites. Arranger Peter Schickele (of Public Radio International's Schickele Mix and P.D.Q. Bach fame) wisely sets Baez off against a background of traditional instruments on this 1966 chestnut, mixing her honeyed tones with the burrs, tinkles, and whispers of lutes, harpsichords, and recorders. "Coventry Carol" is gorgeous, moving in a way that few holiday songs do anymore. "Carol of the Birds" is enchanting. And Baez's quivery "Silent Night" is, quite simply, a gift. Noel (whose songs of peace were a quiet protest against the war in Vietnam) is an enduring, graceful classic. --Michael Ruby

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Joan Baez ~ Noel

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Remastered version of "Noel" instead of this CD September 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Joan Baez has the perfect voice for these lovely old (or seemingly old) Christmas carols---a plangent, high, pure soprano. Only her fast vibrato keeps her from being mistaken for a Vienna choir boy.

It was eerie to hear her sing these carols again on CD, almost forty years after I first heard them on vinyl. In that decades-long interval, no one has ever managed to sing "The Little Drummer Boy" without sounding saccharine and/or lachrymose. I grew to despise the "rump bump bump bums" that resounded every Christmas season through elevators and K-Marts---until I heard Joan sing the song again. Somehow her straightforward presentation, with medieval-sounding accompaniment make this 1940's chestnut into a haunting Childe ballad.

This CD has a good mix of traditional carols, and some that may sound unfamiliar, e.g. "Down in Yon Forrest."

If you buy the remastered version of "NoŽl" rather than this CD, you will get six extra songs: "The First Noel," "We Three Kings (instrumental)," "Virgin Mary," "Good Christian Kings (instrumental)," "Burgundian Carol," and "Away In a Manger (French)."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Xmas Voice December 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Yes, Joan Baez is a great singer of Christmas songs too. And why not? Even if your not a fan of all of her work, there's no doubt she has the voice of an angel! And this is the perfect album on which to hear that voice as it was recorded in 1966, when Joan's voice was at it's loveliest. If your looking for a simple Christmas album, not overproduced, featuring your favorite carols sung in a passionate, powerful manner this one is for you.
Especially beautiful are Joan's versions of "I Wonder as I Wander", "What Child is This", and an incredible, "Silent Night."
This will quickly become one of your favorite Christmas Albums.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving Christmas back its magic October 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For those who do not believe in Santa Claus any longer, here you have every reason to believe in Joan Baez. And in the sacral, beyond-religion, magical feeling and warmth that is the real spirit of Christmas. This is truly the most beautiful Christmas music that I have ever heard. I never tire it out! Mysterious arrangments that wrap around Joan's crystal voice like cobwebs and make you doubt that you have heard any of these carols before. It makes you listen. Close your eyes, wander through dim and strange landscapes, let Joan guide you back to plastic-fantastic-land, and feel that you've been there, that you know what it's all about. Then smile.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Classics for Grown-up Tastes January 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Joan Baez has one of the best voices around - outstanding range, operatic vibrato, but with folk expressiveness. It's not surprising that someone suggested she make a Christmas album!
My fear when I put on the album was that she was going to get corny on me. I hate buying a Christmas album by a singer I like, and finding that it's elevator music and kids' ditties. Nothing to worry about here!
This Christmas album is sophisticated, understated, and dignified enough to be played softly at a "cocktail Christmas celebration".
The songs she picked are classics and traditionals - it's a joy to recognize the songs as they come up. But all of the selections are from the more adult end of the Christmas song spectrum. The instrumentation is subtle, and her gorgeous soprano is the center of attention. She sings softly, with restraint, and with shy piety.
A wonderful, traditional Christmas carole album for adult households!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!! August 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I grew up loving this album on LP. It brings back a lot of memories as my favorite record to listen too. Joan Biaz has a woderful voice and displays it in an absolutely beautiful way on this album... A must have!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite September 22, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of our favorite Christmas albums. It is breathstoppingly beautiful and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Buy this cd if you love beautiful old carols.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent Christmas Album January 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a fan of most of Joan Baez's music, but this album is certainly an exception. It's the finest Christmas album I know of: Ms. Baez's clear, pure voice perfectly compliments the musical selection and orchestral arrangements.
Oddly, many of the songs are downbeat, if not a bit on the dark side. I'd say it was musically opposite the "Frosty the Snowman" genre.
Don't be put off by that last observation: This music is merely a more serious, introspective alternative to the festive holiday music most of us are used to. I encourage the reader to buy this CD and, during the next Christmas Season, on a quiet evening, light a fire, pour a glass of wine or Scotch Whisky, turn the lights down low, and treat yourself to some of the finest Christmas music ever recorded.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of course Baez' music is sad! January 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Re, 'Noel,' by Joan Baez: One of your reviewers said with surprise that the music was "downbeat." May I say that Joan Baez, when asked why all her songs were sad, once said, "Hey, I'm neurotic." So if you want 'Frosty the Snowman' you'll have to forego the amazingly sweet, strong, and clear voice of this perhaps best of all American folk singers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
We had and played the original LP for years. Finally got this CD. Really great to have the original songs in great shape again - PLUS other beautiful songs not available on the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by David Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Baez' "Noel"
What makes this collection of Christmas music special is the unique quality of the singer's voice. It has the purity of a classical artist's. Read more
Published on January 12, 2011 by Alexis
4.0 out of 5 stars noel
I still have not receieved the Cd Noel and let the owner know, but still have not heard a word from him
Published on December 16, 2008 by Aurich R. Bolton III
5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful and atmospheric
On this stately and sometimes sombre work, Joan Baez is backed by traditional instruments like recorders, viols, lute, pipe organ, strings and harpsichord. Read more
Published on November 5, 2006 by Pieter Uys
2.0 out of 5 stars poor quality recording
I am a Baez fan with many CD's and records - Noel is the poorest quality recording of them all. Similar to Hi-Fi before "stereo". Read more
Published on April 20, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Beautiful Christmas Album Ever
I hardly need to build on the already warm and praising reviews here, but let me add that I think this record will have a long life in musical history. Read more
Published on December 30, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Recent purchase and review
I bought and reviewed this CD. Didn't you like the review? Do you print all reviews? Your record and other sites on the web are excellent and very "customer friendly"... Read more
Published on December 1, 2000 by Linda Rayment
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