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David's Album [Import]

Joan Baez Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Jun 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B000000EKI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If I Knew
2. Rock Salt And Nails
3. Glad Bluebird Of Happiness
4. Green, Green Grass Of Home
5. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
6. The Tramp On The Street
7. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
8. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
9. Hickory Wind
10. My Home's Across The Blueridge Mountains

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
At a forty year remove, it's easy to forget that it was Baez who helped make Dylan, and not the other way around.
When Bob Dylan came to New York as a Woody Guthrie wannabe, Joan Baez was the undisputed Queen of the folk revival of the sixties. Folk purists loved her, her image of unspoiled innocence, the fact she sang with only her own guitar as accompaniment, and her choice of songs. It was her championing of Dylan and her singing of With God on our Side that helped put him on the map.
Through the Sixties, Dylan went electric and stratospheric, while Baez was increasingly marginalised. Her increasing politicisation didn't do anything for a middle-American audience, and certain parties in the folk music scene for whom authenticity was all sniffed that her voice was too good to be "real." They held her extraordinary singing talent against her, for reasons we can only guess at.
As such, it's so refreshing to come across a CD like David's Album and rediscover why Joan Baez is the greatest female popular singer of the last fifty years.
David's Album is country, rather than folk music, but a singer as magnificently talented at interpreting material as Baez is makes it sound like she was singing country all her life. Here she sings modern country like the Green Grass of Home and Hickory Wind, and country standards and spirituals like Just a Closer Walk with Thee. Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris are rightly regard as giants of country music and have both recorded fine versions of the song, but to hear Baez sing Wayfaring Stranger is to be in the presence of singing talent of the highest order.
And for trivia fans, the David of the title is David Harris, Joan Baez's then husband.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Baez 2 Jun 2006
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Although it was recorded in Nashville, this lovely album does not have an authentic country sound overall. The sound is more like her typical 1960s folk, with a country infusion here and there. The songs include traditionals and gospel songs like Just A Closer Walk With Thee and Poor Wayfaring Stranger (a duet with her sister Mimi Farina), plus pop hits of the time like Green Green Grass Of Home and the work of contemporary songwriters like the Gram Parsons masterpiece Hickory Wind.

There is a melancholy thread running through the album and all the songs are melodious and memorable. The arrangements stick close to the originals but the fiddle, dobro and viola make some of the tracks quite special. The Jordannaires lend beautiful male backing vocals to Will The Circle Be Unbroken, whilst The Tramp On The Street has an additional verse co-written by Baez and Maynard Solomon. One of my favorites is the aforementioned duet with Mimi, where there is a graceful harmonic interweaving of the vocals in the chorus.

The lovely organ renders Just A Closer Walk With Thee quite soulful, as is her version of Hickory Wind. The most country-sounding of the tracks is the uptempo My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains. This album has since been reissued with two new tracks: a live version of How Can I Miss You and the folk classic The Last Thing On My Mind. I would say this is an essential album for Baez fans, but it does not rank amongst the very best of her 1960s output.

The tracks on David's Album were recorded during the same sessions as her record of Dylan covers titled Any Day Now, which is an absolute gem. With songs like I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word, Walls Of Redwing, One Too Many Mornings, Boots Of Spanish Leather and Restless Farewell, it is a classic folk album of the 1960s. Get them both and play them back to back for a good dose of that 1960s Baez magic.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Musical Moments 25 Feb 2000
By Mar Thivierge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
DAVID'S ALBUM was recorded during Joan's "Nashville years" (from 1968 - 73 she recorded almost exclusively in Music City), and while not her best album from this period (ONE DAY AT A TIME was a much stronger album), it nonetheless contained some thrilling musical moments. Her harmonies with her sister Mimi Farina on "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" are among the most beautiful sounds ever committed to record, and Gram Parsons' "Hickory Wind" has gone on to become a Baez standard. And Joan's liner note -- a tribute to her then husband who would soon be imprisoned for draft resistance -- are no less moving thirty-odd years later.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Distinct, Wonderful Voice ! 24 Jan 2000
By Melimar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Poor Wayfaring Stranger" - a song to be remembered through the decades !
LP originally released in 1969, when David, her husband was imprisoned for having refused to be drafted. In her own words, Joan dedicates this album to "all those who are locked up, that they might have the strength to act like free men, and not prisoners, and for all those on the outside, that they might have the strength to act like free men and not prisoners" !
Simple words, unforgettable melody easily unwinding, a feeling of melancholy and everlasting hope; Joan Baez - one of the most beautiful, warm, vibrant voices of all times !
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of a voice 1 Oct 2000
By Nora Isabel Delgado - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm an atheist. But when I hear "The tramp on the street" or "Just a closer walk with you" from "DAVID'S ALBUM" I have a God and I can pray. Joan Baez's voice is a powerful message full of faith and hope.A perfect balance of sensous delicacy and strengh. Beautiful!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Baez 28 May 2006
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although it was recorded in Nashville, this lovely album does not have an authentic country sound overall. The sound is more like her typical 1960s folk, with a country infusion here and there. The songs include traditionals and gospel songs like Just A Closer Walk With Thee and Poor Wayfaring Stranger (a duet with her sister Mimi Farina), plus pop hits of the time like Green Green Grass Of Home and the work of contemporary songwriters like the Gram Parsons masterpiece Hickory Wind.

There is a melancholy thread running through the album and all the songs are melodious and memorable. The arrangements stick close to the originals but the fiddle, dobro and viola make some of the tracks quite special. The Jordannaires lend beautiful male backing vocals to Will The Circle Be Unbroken, whilst The Tramp On The Street has an additional verse co-written by Baez and Maynard Solomon. One of my favorites is the aforementioned duet with Mimi, where there is a graceful harmonic interweaving of the vocals in the chorus.

The lovely organ renders Just A Closer Walk With Thee quite soulful, as is her version of Hickory Wind. The most country-sounding of the tracks is the uptempo My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains. This album has since been reissued with two new tracks: a live version of How Can I Miss You and the folk classic The Last Thing On My Mind. I would say this is an essential album for Baez fans, but it does not rank amongst the very best of her 1960s output.

The tracks on David's Album were recorded during the same sessions as her record of Dylan covers titled Any Day Now, which is an absolute gem. With songs like I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word, Walls Of Redwing, One Too Many Mornings, Boots Of Spanish Leather and Restless Farewell, it is a classic folk album of the 1960s. Get them both and play them back to back for a good dose of that 1960s Baez magic.
4.0 out of 5 stars Joan's country album for David 8 Dec 2011
By J. Bynum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Joan Baez/ David's Album: At the end of the 1960's there were several Country albums released by groups and individuals not usually associated with the Country genre. This is Joan's Country album of 1969. This is a nice album, arraigned well and performed with Joan's usual professionalism, but the Album is not among her best. There are some fine tracks on here and it is enjoyable, but it somehow lacks heart (which is odd for an album dedicated to her husband). Nevertheless, it is still a four-star effort.
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