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on 31 May 2005
A brilliant collection of the best of her music from the twelve years that she recorded with Vanguard, the early era of her recording career. Here we have the pristine and crystal clear voice of Joan Baez eloquently and melodiously flowing over the golden pebbles of Bob Dylan's four tracks, namely It's all over now, Baby Blue (with immortal "Yonder stands your orphan with his gun"), Farewell Angelina, (a gem with the music and image-laden lyrics in perfect harmony), Love is just a four letter word, and the beautiful simplicity of I Pity the Poor Immigrant ( here the first couple lines lingers for long in one's auditory memory after the song is played). Other uplifting tracks include the evergreen The Night they drove Old Dixie down, Paul Simon's The Dangling Conversation, with its perceptive lyrics. Also I must mention her lovely rendition of the Kris Kristofferson classic Help me make it though the night and the Lennon-McCarthney Let it be. The determination of the under-dog comes though so clearly in We shall overcome, as does the grateful resignation of the gentle There but for Fortune. In fact every track in this collection is top class Baez, and it ends on a high with track fourteen the The Brand new Tennessee Waltz. It must get five stars if not a few more, especially considering its nice price at Amazon.