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Rare Live & Classic
Joan Baez
Rare Live & Classic
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (23) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #3

This is a big ol' box of Baez; certainly more than any casual fan would need. The hits are here ("Diamonds and Rust," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"), along with a treasure trove of rare duets (with Kris Kristoffers...  more »


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All Artists: Joan Baez
Title: Rare Live & Classic
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Vanguard Records
Release Date: 9/18/1993
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Vocal Pop, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 015707012522

This is a big ol' box of Baez; certainly more than any casual fan would need. The hits are here ("Diamonds and Rust," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"), along with a treasure trove of rare duets (with Kris Kristofferson, Bob Gibson, Donovan, and others) and previously unreleased tracks (including a giddy 1965 concert duet with Bob Dylan on his "Mama, You Been on My Mind"). The depth and breadth of Baez's work--from her early traditional bent ("Silver Dagger") to her fine choices from contemporary writers (Merle Haggard, John Prine)--is well-represented. The striking beauty of her voice is, too. Newcomers, however, would be wiser to investigate single disc samplers from Vanguard and A&M. --Michael Ruby

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For the Hard-Core fans!
bethtexas | United States | 01/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This extradordinarily complete box-set contains Joan Baez songs you've never heard of, never knew existed, never dreamed of! A live performance with the fabulous Odetta. Live performances with Bob Dylan, with Donovan. Early singing from before she was famous. Later songs that sound like they ought to be famous, yet you've never heard them before! And plenty of standard Joan Baez "must haves" like "Blessed Are ..." This is the box set for people who are SERIOUS about Joan Baez. Once you have this massive collection, you can safely call yourself a fan. Other people who say "I like her too" will feel like oafs when they find out how much more comprehensive your collection is. They'll DROOL over the live performances you own.This isn't the right thing to buy if you're new to Joan Baez. Not only is it a tad expensive for a newcomer, but it's also a little TOO comprehensive for someone who just wants the gist of her. There are some great songs ... and some "not so great" songs that are only interesting to fans because of their biographical/career-span significance. A new fan would have to wade through some songs she didn't really like in order to find the gems. But for a die-hard fan ... this collection is the one that separates you from the riff-raff! A lot of this stuff, you CANNOT FIND anywhere else. The more you know about Joan's career, the more you'll appreciate some of these very rare finds! A very serious collection."
mandella19 | Springville, UT United States | 11/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this CD after I saw Joan Baez in Concert in Salt Lake City. I admit I didn't know most of the songs on the 3 CDs, but I was blown away. There wasn't ONE that I didn't like. They were all amazing. Most of them had never before been released. Rare live perfomances and duets. And Joan wrote something about every song. Either something about the time period, the circumstances surrounding the song/performance, or just some peice of trivia that you wouldn't find anywhere else. It's a rare and precious collection, indeed. Joan is in fine form and this is a WONDERFUL collection of her magnificent 40 year musical career."
An eclectic collection of classic Baez.
John M Belanger | Rosemead, CA United States | 07/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've had this CD set for about a year now and I'm trying to wear it out. There is so much classic original material in here that it warms my heart. As a long time Joan Baez fan, like from day one when I saw her at Newport as a teenger in the 50's right up until today, this CD set brings me joy. I've worn out many original vinyl LP's of Joan's work and this remastered CD collection restored what I had lost. My only wish is that there would have been some stuff from her "Come From The Shadows" LP which can no longer be found anywhere in the world as far as I know. One of the greatest songs she ever sang was on that LP. It was titled "The Partisan" and revealed great emotion on Joan's part, a quality that makes her music live forever in the hearts of her fans."Rare, Live and Classic" is a "must have" for any true Joan Baez fan as far as I'm concerned. Even though it's a bit pricey the packaging and the enclosed book of rare photos and Joan's thoughts on the songs makes it a fantastic value worth every penny and then some."