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Live at Newport
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
The voice that launched a thousand earnest young fare-thee-well folkies cut her teeth in the first half of the '60s at the Newport Folk Festivals. This 17-song collection allows fans of Baez to sample her star-making 1963,... more »
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The voice that launched a thousand earnest young fare-thee-well folkies cut her teeth in the first half of the '60s at the Newport Folk Festivals. This 17-song collection allows fans of Baez to sample her star-making 1963, '64, and '65 sets. (She'd first appeared at the event as a teenager in 1959 as the teenage guest of Bob Gibson, though that milestone has apparently been lost to the ages.) Balancing comely traditionals such as "Come All Ye Fair" and "Tender Maidens" with grittier Bob Dylan tunes, Baez demonstrates how she came to define folk music for a generation of female folksingers. Duets with Dylan, Mary Travers, Peter Yarrow, and the Lilly Brothers provide some extra texture to compliment Baez's smooth-as-silk delivery. --Steven Stolder
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A golden voice matched with moving songs
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I popped this CD into the player for the first time, I simply fell back and said, "Wow." Joan Baez has a great voice and she delivers the songs on this CD with heartfelt emotion. It is a great CD. The only drawback is that on one or two cuts you can hear (if you listen very carefully) some crowd noise, otherwise the sound is outstanding. Her duet with Mary Travers on "Lonesome Valley" is moving. Her duets with Dylan are only OK because their singing styles don't compliment each other. I would recommend this CD if you like any acoustic stuff that the Cranberries have done. Why? Because Dolores O'Riordan's range is similar (but not quite as extensive) as Joan Baez's range. Highly recommended."
Excellent historical recordings
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fine material and performances. Liner notes could be better, though : it would be nice to know at which years' festival each of these recordings were made."