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|1. LOVE MINUS ZERO/NO LIMIT|
|2. NORTH COUNTRY BLUES|
|3. YOU AIN’T GOING NOWHERE|
|4. DRIFTER’S ESCAPE|
|5. I PITY THE POOR IMMIGRANT|
|6. TEARS OF RAGE|
|7. SAD EYED LADY OF THE LOWLANDS|
|8. LOVE IS JUST A FOUR-LETTER WORD|
|9. I DREAMED I SAW ST AUGUSTINE|
|10. WALLS OF REDWING|
|11. DEAR LANDLORD|
|12. ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS|
|13. I SHALL BE RELEASED|
|14. BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER|
|15. WALKIN’ DOWN THE LINE|
|16. RESTLESS FAREWELL|
|17. BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND (Live In Japan) (BONUS TRACK)|
|18. IT AIN’T ME BABE (Live In Japan) (BONUS TRACK)|
It consisted entirely of Joan Baez covering Bob Dylan songs, including a definitive version of Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word.
This digitally remastered release features new sleeve notes and two bonus tracks Blowin In The Wind and It Aint Me Babe both recorded live in Japan and both previously unreleased.
It's all very well Judy Collins &c. churning out Dylan covers albums, we all know the songs are great, but what we have here is a radical reinterpretation sung with beauty, elegance and poise, wih backing musicians that Dylan used on John Wesley Harding who all know the songs very well, and flush them out into fuller accompaniments than the Zim permitted on JWH.
But what really counts here is the emotion behind her voice, in songs she clearly cares about and mean something to her, more than they can mean to any other artist. The plangent beauty of Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands and the resignation of Walking Down the Line, the rueful freedom of You Ain't Going Nowhere and the heart-stopping definitive version of Love Is Just a Four Letter Word makes you wonder how many of these songs were actually written about HER? It's the musical equivalent of reading someone's love letters.
One's emotional involvement is enhanced by the exquisite musicianship of Buttrey and all the Nashville top dogs. This album will become a firm favourite; it's certainly in my Top Ten to Take to a Desert Island. It's great value too, because originally it was a double vinyl album. Disregard the two bonus tracks, they're ten-a-penny versions and they spoil the mood of intimacy and poignancy that dominates this songbird's beautiful paean to a former lover.