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Farewell Angelina: Remastered
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
This is a great album. The songs are superb and sensitively interpreted, including the French (Pauvre Ruteboeuf) and German (Sagt Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind) ones. The music is archetypal 1960s folk, whilst Satisfied Mind has a bit of a country feel with its lovely mandolin. There are songs by Dylan, Donovan, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, plus traditionals such as The Wild Mountain Thyme and The River In The Pines.
It is interesting that this kind of music flourished alongside the fast permutations of rock in that innovative decade. This album has always been a sheer pleasure to listen to, and now even more so with the addition of three tracks, of which I like One Too Many Mornings the most.
My other favourites include the magnificent Farewell Angelina, Colours, Satisfied Mind, the German version of Where Have All The Flowers Gone? and A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall. In fact this album is more varied and enjoyable than some of her later "art-song" excursions of the 1980s and early 1990s. If you're looking for great songs well-interpreted, you cannot go wrong with this album. It's a folk classic.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2003
A very welcome reissue of the brilliant 1965 album with three 'bonus tracks' - one of which is a real stunner.
There is little I can add to reviews of the original CD - it is of such high and consistent quality that it is actually difficult to pick favourite tracks - the variety of sources (Dylan/Trad./Guthrie/Donovan among others) is a particlur strength.
One of the 3 extra tracks (all recorded at the 'Farewell, Angelina' sessions) is an oustanding early version of Bruce Phillips' 'Rock, Salt and Nails' (a later version appeared on David's Album). Joan's voice is beautifully complemented by superb instrumentals - Langhorne on electric guitar and Rinzler on mandolin.
If you are thinking of replacing some of your old vinyls, or just fancy a fairly early Baez CD, then you can't go wrong with this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2008
I've only had this CD for about two weeks and all I can say is that it's simply amazing. It is the first Joan Baez album I've bought and it certainly won't be the last! Baez's voice, in my opinion, is pretty much flawless on all the tracks on this - she hits high notes with ease, her phrasing is wonderful and her vibrato is stunning. Her expression is excellent too, even if she does miss the sarcasm that Bob Dylan intended on songs like, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (which, by the way, is actually one of my favourites on the album so far). She also covers Dylan's "Farewell, Angelina", "Satisfied Mind", "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and "One Too Many Mornings" extremely effectively.

Apart from the Dylan covers, there are also Woody Guthrie, Donovan and Pete Seeger covers, as well as some more traditional folk songs. A particular highlight on the album is a German rendition of "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" - "Sagt Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind", which is wonderful in every sense of the word. Another of my favourites so far is, "Rock, Salt and Nails", which is sung with breathtaking expression and which has a superb instrumental backing. The other tracks on the album are by no means lacking either... actually, I'd describe them all as being at least very good, if not, excellent.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2007
I have had this album since its original release and never got tired of its variations of themes and melodies. Some are classics by other song writers.

Listen to 'Hard Rain's are Gonna Fall'. Then listen to Dylan's original. She took an original and made it better. Not many people can do that.

The new cd is better yet. I can program the cd player to play depending mood.

Its got to rank as her best ever album but another favourite is the album 'Joan' if you are in such a protest mood; listen to Saigon Bride!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2011
Wonderful cd, very well remastered. I was worried that it would not reflect the original very well, but I'm glad to say - it's great!
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on 31 August 2013
I bought this mostly for the lovely title track but with the expectation of liking this earlyish album. There are perhaps three or four tracks which I'm not terribly fond of although without actively disliking them - probably just a matter of personal taste. This remastered CD includes three tracks not on the original release, but all recorded at the sessions for this album. They include two of my favourites, 'One Too Many Mornings' and, perhaps more even so, 'The Water is Wide'. Other stand-out tracks, for me, are 'The Wild Mountain Thyme' (an old Scottish song, as is 'The Water is Wide'), 'The River in the Pines' and 'Pauvre Ruteboeuf'. I already had a long-standing love of old Scottish folk songs before getting into Joan Baez and I was surprised and delighted to discover that her mother was Scottish. That inborn Celtic quality does seem to come out when she sings these lovely old Scots ballads. Truly a voice that can find the deepest magic in all beautiful old songs from America, Portugal, France, Scotland and . . . probably anywhere. A singer for all seasons, indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2013
Though the case was chipped the contents were fine. Superior sleeve notes to the original and three bonus tracks made me glad I have this over the original cassette tape which somehow disappeared.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2010
Farewell Angelina is one of Joan Baez wonderful albums of the 1960s. Don't bother listening if you're gung-ho for our brave boys in Afghanistan. Joan was one of the leader's of the protest movement against the USA's war in Vietnam. Stories of her courage at a time when anti-war protest was not popular are inspiring.
The lyrics for five of the songs on ths album were written by Bob Dylan. Joan is associated with him in many people's minds. He has that unique growly monotonous style. By comparison Joan is up front. She puts her energy into her work. Her voice is sweet and melodious.
So there you have it: songs packed with anti-war symbolism beautifully sung by a militant pacifist!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2012
I was a child when my dad brought this wonderful album home from America. Joan Baez sings Bob Dylan with what sounds like amplified acoustic guitars.
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on 17 August 2013
This re-mastered CD takes us back to the early 1960s, when youth was finding its voice to challenge inequality and war. This album, for me, evokes very clear images from my teen years, when all you needed was a powerful song, a good voice and an acoustic guitar to create a masterpiece. Purity and emotion are the strengths, not heavy orchestration or post-production meddling. Several of the tracks were penned by Bob Dylan, some by Joan Baez, and a few of the other great standards of that era.
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