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Very Early Joan

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

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  • Audio CD (September 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B000000ELX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heavenly Overview January 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are two reasons to have this particular collection from the fabulous "voice of a thousand birds" Joan Baez. The first is that it gives a lovely overview of some of her famous renditions of folk songs. Call it "important to your Joan Baez education". Every fan of Joan or of folk music should have her famous "Last Night I had the Strangest Dream" and "Silver Dagger", for example. Those aren't actually my favorite of her songs for some reason, but they're famous and you need to have them.
The other reason you need to have this album is this: "Where have all the flowers gone?" and "Pilgrim of Sorrow". Plain and simple - nobody should go through life without having heard her renditions of these two songs. They are superb.
Where Have all the Flowers Gone is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. And Joan's version is THE version to hear. You could buy this album just for that song, and you'd feel you'd spent your money wisely, because you'd keep hitting "repeat" on your CD player to hear it over and over and sing along.
Pilgrim of Sorrow, likewise, is shockingly powerful. Hearing Mahalia Jackson sing this song of Christian desperation is a spiritual experience. But hearing Joan Baez sing it is spectacular in its own way. Every startling note vibrates in your chest - her vocal range is unbelievable. The eruption of the notes themselves becomes the religious experience. It's incredible.
Folk music fans who buy this album for the famous collection of classics will be richly rewarded by the spectacular treat of owning those two particular, irreplaceable songs.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A HISTORIC CD... July 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a compilation of twenty-two songs culled from about fifteen of her early live concerts, which were recorded between November 1961 and August 1963. The original double album had twenty four tracks, but the back of the cd liner explains that, due to compact disc format time restrictions, some songs on the original album are not included on the cd. The notes in the cd liner itself were written by Ms. Baez's mother for the original album.

On this cd, the listener will, indeed, be treated to early Joan Baez, accompanying herself on the guitar. As the songs are culled from her live performances, the listener will note the discernible adulation of the audiences throughout. Whether Ms. Baez is singing a traditional folksong, a folksong with political overtones, a duet with Peter Seeger, or a rock-n-roll parody, it is clear that the slightly insouciant Ms. Baez is enjoying herself, and it is infectious.

The quality of the cd is what one may expect from such an early, live recording, as it suffers from occasional lack of clarity and uneven volume, with the clapping of the audience throughout being louder than the song tracks. Still, this is certainly a cd to which some historical significance has attached, and one that all devoted fans of Ms. Baez will want to include in their collection, if only for her beautiful rendition of Peter Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone".
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early wonderful Joan! January 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I think this is a magical CD - a real treasure.There is something both thrilling and soul-deep sad listening to Joan sing "Strangest Dream" to a live audience well before the Vietnam War knowing what was about to happen to the country. Historic. Joan's voice is beautiful, incredible, soothing, powerful. I highly recommend this cd - and what a bargain! These are my favorites:
Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
Somebody Got Lost in a Storm
Water Is Wide
Freight Train
Railroad Bill
In the Pines
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
Hallowed Be Thy Name
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan at her very best! January 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
While I do have to agree with the other review posted here concerning the sound quality, if you like Joan Baez, you'll simply fall in love with this compilation. Never has the pure sweetness of her lovely soprano sounded fresher than when she performs such little-known classics as Tears In My Eyes, In the Pines, and Twelve Gates To The City. Her duets with Pete Seeger will be collectors' items in the very near future. The fun songs, She's A Trouble Maker and Little Darlin' will brighten even the gloomiest days; and the fascinating Freight Train may well be the best cover of this old standard ever put down.
The liner notes, written by Joan's mother add an even more sentimental feeling to the collection. This CD belongs in every true Baez fan's library.
Bravo, Joan!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating piece of folk music history October 9, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Although the sound quality is not what we'd expect today, the atmosphere of this early live recording of Joan Baez brings the music to life. She sings and performs in a relaxed mood at ease with the audience. Of special interest are the two duets with Pete Seeger - Lonesome Valley and The Riddle Song. This is the protest song movement of the sixties at its birth and, of course, there's Joan's wonderful soprano voice. She even mimics the pop performers of the day. Listen to it - you'll enjoy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic Joan December 26, 2005
By Mac T
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have the LP (a double set) not this CD. I have worn it out over the years because the performances are hauntingly good. My favorites are Tears In My Eyes, Man of Constant Sorrow, Railroad Bill and Silver Dagger. The unfortunate thing about the CD version is that they cut two tracks: Streets of Laredo and My Good Old Man, which was also a favorite of mine. It's hard to believe this album was recorded in 1963, because it could have been 2003 since the songs have and will stand the test of time. That's a testament to Joan's craft. What a talent!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever
Joan Baez? What more needs to be said. Buy it.
Published 25 days ago by BeamsUnlimited
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Joan Baez!
Only thing detrimental, I think, is the live audience clapping after each piece. Otherwise, great music!! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Maria Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars music
If you are a child of the 60's, you will enjoy the music of Joan Baez. I love her music.
Published 19 months ago by Pamela Mikesell
1.0 out of 5 stars Old recordings with poor quality
I would not recommend purchasing this CD to anyone. I listened to it once the day I received it in the mail. The sound quality is terrible. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Penny Lane
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved hearing her voice again after all these years
This is a pretty darn good CD, especially if you like Joan Baez. Most young people today have never heard of her, let alone heard her sing. Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by Knightwind
4.0 out of 5 stars When Joan was a folk singer
A friend to whom I commented I'd gotten this album gave me the title for the review. "Oh, that's back when she was a folk singer. Read more
Published on November 24, 2009 by Merilyn Welch
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, poor sound quality
I have been a Joan Baez fan since I was a child. Her early works are especially appealing because her young voice was so perfectly sweet, high and clear. Read more
Published on September 22, 2008 by K. Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars I understand all the fuss over Joan Baez!
I knew very little of Joan's voice and talent. My husband selected and purchased this album. What a wonderful discovery I've made. Read more
Published on January 23, 2008 by Edith T. Lasris
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Joan Baez
After so many years, listening to Joan Baez' early singing is refreshing. She sounds young, spontaneous, fun, original, yet mature. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by Vini Fernán
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Joan, except for Ballad Book
This is a great CD if you are a Joan fan. Has many of her popular ballads and a few fun songs in concert. Great selection for a small album.
Published on April 19, 2004 by Katie
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