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This review is from: David's Album (Audio CD)
Although it was recorded in Nashville, this lovely album does not have an authentic country sound overall. The sound 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 the work of contemporary songwriters like the Gram Parsons masterpiece Hickory Wind.
There is a melancholy thread running through the album and all the songs are melodious and memorable. 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 my favorites is the aforementioned duet with Mimi, where there is a graceful harmonic interweaving of the vocals in the chorus.
The lovely organ renders Just A Closer Walk With Thee quite soulful, as is her version of Hickory Wind. The most country-sounding of the tracks is the uptempo My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains. This album has since been reissued with two new tracks: 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 record of Dylan covers titled Any Day Now, which is an absolute gem. With songs like I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word, 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.