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David's Album
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Although recorded in Nashville, this lovely album does not have an authentic country sound overall. It is more like her typical 1960s folk with a country infusion here and there. The songs include traditionals and gospel songs like Just A Closer Walk With Thee and Poor Wayfaring Stranger, a duet with her sister Mimi Farina, plus pop hits of the time like Green Green Grass Of Home and work from contemporary songwriters, like the Gram Parsons masterpiece Hickory Wind.

All the songs are memorable with a melancholy thread running through the album. The arrangements stick close to the originals but the fiddle, dobro and viola make some of the tracks quite special. The Jordannaires lend beautiful male backing vocals to Will The Circle Be Unbroken, whilst The Tramp On The Street has an additional verse co-written by Baez and Maynard Solomon. One of the highlights is the aforementioned duet with Mimi, in which there is a lovely harmonic interweaving of the voices in the chorus.

The lovely organ renders Just A Closer Walk With Thee quite stirring, whilst her version of Hickory Wind is also very soulful. The most country-sounding of the tracks is the uptempo My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains. This reissue contains a live version of How Can I Miss You and the folk classic The Last Thing On My Mind. I would say this is an essential album for Baez fans, but it does not rank amongst the very best of her 1960s output.

The tracks on David's Album were recorded during the same sessions as her Dylan tribute Any Day Now, which is an absolute gem. With songs like I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word, the heart-breaking Walls Of Redwing, One Too Many Mornings, Boots Of Spanish Leather and Restless Farewell, it is a classic folk album of the 1960s. Get them both and play them back to back for a good dose of that 1960s Baez magic.
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