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How do you build a narrative for a story as rich and multifaceted as the life of Joan Baez? Baez herself is not especially inclined to introspection, or to the backwards glance. Often wrongly perceived as a naïve idealist, she is, in her own distinctive way, a pragmatist to the core with her eyes fixed squarely on what’s right in front of her. As an activist, she has viewed her life ... Read more in Amazon's Joan Baez Store

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  • Audio CD (26 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Vanguard/Ace
  • ASIN: B000025I1I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Old Welsh Song
2. I Saw The Vision Of Armies
3. Minister Of War
4. Song In The Blood
5. Casida Of The Lament
6. Of The Dark Past
7. London
8. In Guernica
9. Who Murdered The Minutes
10. Oh, Little Child
11. No Man Is An Iland
12. From Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man
13. All the Pretty Little Horses
14. Childhood
15. The Magic Wood
16. Poems From The Japanese
17. Colours
18. All In Green Went My Love Riding
19. Gacela Of The Dark Death
20. The Parable Of The Old Man And The Young
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Medium 1
  1. Old Welch Song
  2. I Saw The Vision Of Armies
  3. Minister Of War
  4. Song In The Blood
  5. Casida Of The Lament
  6. Of The Dark Past
  7. London
  8. In Guernica
  9. Who Murdered The Minutes
  10. Oh, Little Child
  11. No Man Is An Iland
  12. From Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man
  13. All The Pretty Little Horses
  14. Childhood III
  15. The Magic Wood
  16. Poems From The Japanese
  17. Colours
  18. All In Green Went My Love Riding
  19. Gacela Of The Dark Death
  20. The Parable Of The Old Man And The Young
  21. Evil
  22. Epitaph For A Poet
  23. Old Welsh Song

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joaquim Parcerisas on 26 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Joan Baez's «Baptism» is one of those albums which enormously enrich the music scene in general. It's more than different, that's why it gets a lot of criticism. But you're nobody until you're ciriticized for what you do (I'm thinking here of my previous commentator). Some of the poems are spoken and some are sung. Putting music to poetry is a difficult task, but achievable in this case. It all comes down to the listener, it's something very subjective according to your past experiences with the poems. It's like reading a novel and then watching the film about it. Your expectations are usually different from the ones you had previously created while reading the book. In this case my expectations either match for the most part my previously created picture of the poems, or surprise me a great deal. Apart from all this, this CD aroused my interest in going deeper into some of the poets' work which I had never heard of before. It's also a good way of introducing poetry and literature at school. I'm talking from experience back when I was a highschool student. It definitely worked. A unique masterpiece. Buy it or give it as a gift, no one will be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim on 5 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
The first time I ever heard of Joan's album "Baptism" was back at school when I was an adolescent. That's about 26 years ago today. It was my English teacher who used it to introduce both literature and poetry in the classroom. I was pretty impressed and it definitely helped me to go deeper into the subject. Last year I bought the CD version (I already had the LP) and it made me relive those happy days. From time to time I buy it to give as a present. For me it's one of the best albums ever. It's another way to get people like poetry. Both very suggestive and full of nuances. Just sit back, relax and let your imagination wander as you listen to it. A master work of art! A classic! Thanks Joan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Randall on 24 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album continues to hold a place in my heart. I acquired it in 1968, when I was 17 & crazy about poetry. Following on from the brilliant 'Joan' album, this record had nothing whatsoever to do with pop music. Regarded by many as a detour, it nevertheless encompassed the sensibilities of Ms. Baez during a particular period of contemporary history when the material presented here was very relevant indeed. She had sung poetry before of course, with her rendition of Edgar Allan Poe's 'Annabel Lee' a striking example (from Joan), but a whole album? Well, it works so well that it can be regarded as a triumph. This record appeared during a Summer of violent unrest on the streets of Paris and America, with the Vietnam conflict escalating and memories of the 7-day war in the Middle East still very much in in our collective consciousness- not to mention the continuing cold war tensions that exerted an as yet unquantified but fundamental hold on the values of an entire generation. A period piece, then? Yes, that's true, but the matters addressed here were for all time with sensitive readings of great work from the likes of Walt Whitman, William Blake, Federico Garcia Lorca, Arthur Rimbaud, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, John Donne, James Joyce, Wilfred Owen, E.E. Cummings and Henry Treece- most of them selected by Maynard Solomon and provided with delicate musical settings in the baroque style by Peter Schickele. It was Baez herself who insisted on the inclusion of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's translation of Jacques Prevert's 'Song In The Blood': for me, still the pivotal track on the album and one of the most effective anti-war lyrics ever written. This was my introduction to Prevert and I have Joan Baez to thank for that lasting inspiration.Read more ›
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