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Gracias a La Vida
Joan Baez
Gracias a La Vida
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock, Latin Music
 
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The title translates as "Here's To Life" and the song it comes from was written by famed Chilean songwriter Violeta Parra. This album includes songs from the Chilean "New Song" movement of the 1970's (when it was recorded)...  more »

      
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All Artists: Joan Baez
Title: Gracias a La Vida
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: A&M
Release Date: 3/2/1994
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock, Latin Music
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Europe, Continental Europe, Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 082839361422

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The title translates as "Here's To Life" and the song it comes from was written by famed Chilean songwriter Violeta Parra. This album includes songs from the Chilean "New Song" movement of the 1970's (when it was recorded) as well as traditional Mexican ballads. It is also one of Ms. Baez's most acclaimed recordings for her gracious delivery and sensitivity to the material and the sheer beauty of her interpretations of the material at hand. Even if you don't understand a word of Spanish, you can't help but be moved by these outstanding performances. And if you "hablas Espanol", they are even sweeter to the ear. A&M 1994

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A Splendid Collection of Folk Songs in Spanish!
Movielovr777 | 07/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After many years using her splendid soprano voice to sing and record traditional and modern folksongs of the British Isles and the USA, and after traveling the world, singing to and for some of its most vulnerable peoples, Joan released this beautiful album of folk songs from Latin America, sung mostly in Spanish, with one song in Portuguese.

Joan had seen the world in all its glory and tragedy. She had worked tirelessly for peace in Vietnam, Ireland and other seemingly hopeless conflicts, standing up for humanity's greatest potential while viewing up close some of its greatest horrors and injustices. She marched with Martin and Cesar, sang to mothers who'd lost their children and wives whose husbands had been 'disappeared' by the juntas, and through it all she absorbed the cultures and music of the people she met, and the friends she made.

No doubt her father's Mexican heritage influenced her attraction to some of the songs on 'Gracias a la Vida', as well as her time with Cesar Chavez and traveling through the countries of South and Central America. After talking to the poets, artists and activists whose very words, in some circumstances, could bring about their arrest, imprisonment or worse, she put together this powerfully beautiful and ultimately transcendent collection of songs and poems set to music.

The words (which can be found by searching "baez gracias a la vida lyrics"), the melodies and the rhythms on this CD combine with Ms Baez' voice to provide a musical landscape that includes joyful celebration, thoughtful observations, loving tribute and painful, tragic loss. It is a CD to be treasured and listened to again and again!"
Gracias Joan, Gracias Amazon for having this super album.
Star Walker | Virginia, USA | 09/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Joan Baez at her best - standing up for those without words. Her Spanish album was thrilling when it was released. I would hope that it will be re-released for this generation to enjoy."