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Honest Lullaby
Joan Baez
Honest Lullaby
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Out-of-print in the US! Sony/BMG.

      
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All Artists: Joan Baez
Title: Honest Lullaby
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 8/21/1990
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074643576628

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Out-of-print in the US! Sony/BMG.

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Beautiful Baez
H. F. Corbin | ATLANTA, GA USA | 03/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In addition to being a great civil rights advocate, exquisitely beautiful and having the voice of an angel, Joan Baez is also a fine songwriter as this CD illustrates. Here she sings three of her own songs: the title cut, "Honest Lullaby", "For Sasha", and "Michael", all of which are exceedingly well-done. But the words: "For all we know/We may never meet again/Before we go/Make this moment live again" from "For All We Know" are vintage Baez. Her vibrato is instantly recognizable and will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The piece de resistance, however,-- for my vote at least-- is Jackson Browne's "Before the Deluge." I am not aware of another singer's having recorded this song other than Browne himself. It remains my favorite Jackson Browne song. Baez's version is spectacular. Barry Beckett plays mean keyboards on many of these cuts as well.

This is a beautiful CD that you will play over and over."
Honest and graceful
C. E. A. Esq | 06/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Joan Baez continues to demonstrate her songwriting skills on this album. The title track is first rate, followed by two other strong compositions of her own on Side Two. Like her previous album "Blowin' Away", her own songs are the highlights.While the inclusion of out and out pop songs like Let Your Love Flow is questionable, especially as an album opener, Janis Ian's Light A Light and Jackson Browne's Before The Deluge work effectively - the two songwriters actually making a second appearance on a Baez album, first time being on Diamonds & Rust: "Jesse" and "Fountains Of Sorrow" respectively.The album cover is beautiful: showing an attractive, mature and intelligent woman. The remastering is typical of an early 90's job...quite harsh with not enough bottom end, but at least all album information is faithfully reproduced."
Essential mid-period Joan Baez, and recorded at Muscle Shoal
Charles - Music Lover | Phoenix, AZ, USA | 01/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is distinctive in many ways. First, it was a brilliant coupling of cover material and original songs. Baez's original songs ("Honest Lullaby," "For Sasha," and "Michael," an ode to her boyfriend and early career) stand out amongst cover material by Jackson Browne, Janis Ian, and the Bellamy Brothers. Second, it was recorded at Muscle Shoals Studio and produced by Barry Beckett. Need I say anything about the quality of the musicianiship? Third, the mix on the vocals highlight Joan's lower register, which is beautiful and earthy and bears little resemblance to the ethereal sounds of Joan's early recordings.

The U.S. CD release included the single-release edited version of the title song, a mistake that always boggled my mind. I don't know if the import version includes the entire song, but, if not, the original album version is included in Baez's box set collection "Rare, Live and Classic." For "Honest Lullaby," Joan used the theme from the 50s hit "Little Darlin," and I remember seeing her in concert once where she interspersed lyrics from that song in the bridge.

I think the two performance highlights on "Honest Lullaby" are the program's final two songs: "For All We Know" and "Free At Last." I remember reading somewhere (her autobiography, maybe?) that Joan learned "For All We Know" from a Nina Simone album. Joan contributes a bravura vocal performance with piano accompaniment. "Free At Last," co-written by Joan, is a gospel-flavored number written about Martin Luther King, Jr., her buddy in the civil rights movement. The song will have you singing along and playing it again and again.

An amazing recording from an amazing artist. And the cover photography by Josef Karsh perfectly encapsulates the beautiful music.

P.S.: While recording this album at Muscle Shoals, Joan contributed vocals to the Amazing Rhythm Aces track "Homestead In My Heart" (from the 1979 "Amazing Rhythm Aces" album)."