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Joan Baez 1
Genres: Folk, Pop
History's ear hasn't been kind to Joan Baez: in retrospect, set against the traditional voices whose material she interpreted, her own versions seem painfully pretty, her soprano icy and removed. But it's hard to gauge now... more »
History's ear hasn't been kind to Joan Baez: in retrospect, set against the traditional voices whose material she interpreted, her own versions seem painfully pretty, her soprano icy and removed. But it's hard to gauge now the force of her first record, a folk revival landmark: Released in 1960 after a triumphant Newport Festival appearance, the record had deep material and emotion that few of her urban folk contemporaries possessed. Her version of "John Riley" is compelling, "East Virginia," glowing, and "Silver Dagger," concentrated, while "Preso Numero Nueve" showed her future political turn. --Roy Francis Kasten
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THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL...
Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 01/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Joan Baez is sublime. A clear, true soprano melded with a rich vibrato, she makes music soar to new heights. Her sound is crystalline and pure, whether she is singing a traditional folk song, a ballad, or a song with a message. All of the songs on this album were obviously chosen with care, as there is not one bad song among them. Each makes its contribution towards making this CD an outstanding one. It even has a song that Ms. Baez sings beautifully in Spanish, doing credit to her Mexican heritage. Ms. Baez is a singer without compare. There has been no one like her before, and no one like her since. This is an outstanding CD.
Why joan is the madonna
Louisa Gilder | Berkshire county, western Mass. | 10/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"i just had to write because i read the "editorial review" and i thought that whoever wrote it must not understand joan at all. "icy" soprano? "painfully pretty?" joan's soprano is icy if you think of a gorgeous waterfall with snow on all the pine trees around, her songs painfully pretty if you mean the way something beautiful can stab at your heart and make you cry. her version of all my trials on this album is so nuanced and poignant it will blow you away. and silver dagger is fantastic, such guitar urgency. most of the songs on this album are just wonderful. i think that critical editor wanted some old man with a banjo from alabama to be doing these songs, someone more "authentic" like mississippi john hurt. well i love mississippi john hurt too, but joan is different and that's not wrong. just because her voice is the most beautiful and pure voice ever heard in american music doesn't mean that she is hence unauthentic. she's just doing something different with these tunes, which are, after all, folk tunes-- for all of us to sing. joan baez is The Voice of the early sixties, dylan's first fan, and the madonna of the guitar."
A historical document, this record yet lives.
Louisa Gilder | 05/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A clearly heartfelt belief in these old songs, expressed in a voice of incredible purity. This record was one of the inspirations for the idealism of the early Sixties. Looking back at our wilted hopes, listening to Joan, still I am moved."