First released in 1960, the debut solo album from the legend that is Joan Baez was met with moderate success upon its release but, having knocked em dead at the previous year s Newport Folk Festival, Joan was now accepted by that still very conservative community as one of their own and so began a quite incredible career that continues apace to this day. Presented here in its completion, albeit with digitally remastered sound, the collection of thirteen folk traditionals, where classic standards such as All My Trials, House Of The Rising Sun [a full year before Dylan approached the song] and Silver Dagger rub shoulders with lesser known Child ballads from the old country, Spanish language laments and Yiddish theatre songs remain very much a delightful listening experience. The record has remained pertinent and sounds anything but dated half a century after it was recorded. Paired with this masterpiece is Joan s real first record, Folksingers Round Harvard Square, a set of songs she recorded with friends from the Cambridge MA folk scene in 1959. Originally released on the tiny Veritas Records with eighteen tracks, the ten cuts featuring Joan [6 solo, 3 duets and 1 three piece] are included on this timely re-issue the first time they have seen the light of day since the record s original release. However these historic recordings serve not just as an introduction to Baez s very earliest work, they also remain fresh, exiting and an enormously enjoyable album all these years on.