14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2009
The varieties of theme and mood here work very well. Not many artists would be able to pull it off in the natural, effortless way that Joan does. We have here two Brazilian songs (one of which is an aria, two Child ballads, a broadside ballad, a Niles ballad, a Johnny Cash tune, traditional country ditty, a Byron poem, a Farina ballad, one of Dylan's best known, most covered songs and a Phil Och's song that was to become a hit for Joan.
Her UK hit "There but for Fortun", exemplifies Joan's transition to working with singer-songwriter material, while still retaining her acoustic-folksy style.
The 2 Child ballads, "The Death of Queen Jane" and "The Unquiet Grave" are wonderful, the latter is about the death of the One True Love, and the universal belief that excessive grief disturbs the dead from their rest. The natural sadness in Joan's voice conveys this sorrowful, eerie ballad wonderfully.
Then there's Byron's poem "So We'll Go No More A-Roving", which Byron wrote about the Carnivale in Venice when lovers and poets roamed the streets in masks and elaborate costume. My only complaint about this song is that it is not long enough!! Her yearning, aching voice conveys the desperation of the lyric -all the woe and regret that the old, fat Byron felt when he wrote this song. What beauty she brings to his words.
"Stewball" is an Irish broadside ballad about a racehorse while "Birmingham Sunday" showcases Joan's experimentation in working with the singer-song writer's of the era, in this case brother-in-law, the late Richard Farina. It is a very sombre song, and the bell-like quality that Joan's vocals bring to it makes for a startling contrast. There's the Dylan standard "It Ain't Me Babe", which takes on double meaning when you consider that Dylan very publically dumped Baez in 1965 (a year after this album was released). I love her version. It's very powerful and poignant and very differnt (not better, not worse) to Dylan's original. She sings "I Still Miss Someone" with such yearning and sorrow that I have to give her version the edge. Sorry, Johnny.
"Go Away from My Window" highlights Joan's traditional folk roots, while the two bonus tracks "Tramp on the Street" and "Long Black Veil", have a more country-folk feel.
All in all, listening to this CD is a wonderful journey through a variety of musical styles, yet there is a seamless transition from track to track, which is tied together with Joan's distintive style. I urge you to take this educational musical journey with this wonderful woman whose grace, empathy and stunning vocal gymanstics will have you hooked.
Many fans cite this as their favourite Baez recording. To listen to "Bachianas Brasileiras No 5" alone is worth the price of this CD.
on 11 March 2009
The second LP I ever bought and lost. Looked for it for years and could never find it. For me it evokes memories of adolescent youth, dreaming, writing poetry and drawing while Ms. Baez filled my bedroom with magic. For others this will be a mixture of the more classical Joan with a clear bell like voice and the more earthy traditional 60's folk.
The CD spans a wide range of songs and a wonderful journey into memories. I can still write and I can still draw I just can't run as fast. If you were alive in the late 60's this will bring back memories. If you weren't then there will be something here for you.
There was still one thing that hadn't changed for me and that was the phrase. "Do you have to play that bloody thing over and over again!" This time it was my wife; last time it was my parents. Enjoy
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2009
This CD takes me right back to the 60s! It was the first Baez LP I bought (But by no means the last) and I played it to death in my bedroom on my 'record player'. I am so glad that the original cover design has been kept as it brings back so many menories. I am still buying Joan Baez and have all her recent CDs but am also buying and enjoying once again all those that I had in the 60s and 70s on vinyl.
P.S. My copy has the original photo of Joan standing in a rocky landscape with a tree but I notice that the cover illustrated is different. I hope if you had the original LP that you get the CD with that cover, as it is so evocative.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2010
Having had the record of Joan Baezome some years ago,when our daughtre was small.Moving houses it got mislaid it was one of my wifes favourite singer. Having seen it in disc form on Amazon i could not believe my luck,when my wife played it bought tears to my daughters eyes.THANKS AMAZON it arrived on my wifes bithday.