This is a magnificent CD and one of her finest efforts. The music is glorious and her voice, well... Joan is Joan. What more need I say.
The orchestration may need getting used to, particularly if one is used to hearing Joan Baez accompanied only by a strumming guitar. Once the listener gets used to hearing music other than that of a guitar accompanying her, however, the listener will fully appreciate this glorious CD.
There is not one bad track on this CD. It is a wonderful blend of the traditional, the contemporary, and the political. Moreover, the fact that she sings two beloved Tim Hardin tunes "If I Were a Carpenter" and "Lady Came from Baltimore", is an added bonus. She does Tim Hardin proud with her rendition, as she does Paul Simon with her superb version of "Dangling Conversation". Fans of The Beatles are also in for a treat with her rendition of "Eleanor Rigby".
Edgar Allen Poe's "Annabel Lee", put to music and sung by Joan, is absolutely haunting and one of the best tracks on the CD. Its poetic beauty comes to life, as she sings. She also exquisitely sings "Saigon Bride", one of the most moving anti-Vietnam war songs of its time. This song is sure to tug at the listener's heart strings, as it is lyrically moving and melodically engaging.
This is a CD all Baez fans should have.
on 23 September 2001
I remember my days as a student in the mid 60's when the protest movement was gaining strength against the US in Vietnam.This brings it all back. My favourite tracks are "Be not too hard", A very sweet song with a short interlude in the middle. "Dangling conversation",a very hard hitting emotive item if really listened to. "Children of darkness", no veils on this! listen to this watching the B52's over North Vietnam. "If you were a carpenter" a sweet love song, typical of so many from Joan. "Saigon bride" probably the best ever song by Joan.Devastating lyrics. I am buying this again due to the mishaps of long term ownership of plastic music.Any Joan Baez fan must not be without this masterpiece.