This cd is quintessential early Joan Baez, simply strumming her guitar and singing folk songs that she loves. All but one of the tracks was recorded at various concerts during her tours in August 1962 and October/November 1963. The sole exception is "We Shall Overcome", which was recorded at Miles College, in Birmingham, Alabama.
This cd is even better than Joan Baez In Concert Part 1. The selection of songs is better, as it contains more traditional folk songs, a fact that purists may wish to note. These songs serve to showcase her sweet, clear soprano to perfection. Moreover, her affection for this repertoire is evident in the feeling she evokes with her exquisite singing of these songs. This is particularly notable when she sings "Once I Had a Sweetheart", "Jackaroe", and "Queen of Hearts".
Ms. Baez also sings in Portuguese on this cd. "Manha De Carnaval" is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs on this cd. She also gives her own rousing interpretation to a perennial country favorite, "Long Black Veil".
The cd also contains two Bob Dylan songs, the popular "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright", as well as "With God on Our Side". The latter track, one of Dylan's best songs, is done ample justice by the moving interpretation by Ms. Baez. It is one of my favorites tracks on this cd.
This is a live concert recording, so be prepared for clapping and an enthusiastic reception by the concert crowds, as well as some crowd interaction and participation. The audience joins Joan Baez in singing "We Shall Overcome".