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The Best Of The Vanguard Years CD

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  • Audio CD (31 Jan. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Vanguard / Ace
  • ASIN: B00074Q7BU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. IT'S ALL OVER NOW BABY BLUE
  2. THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN
  3. FAREWELL ANGELINA
  4. THE DANGLING CONVERSATION
  5. HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT
  6. PACK UP YOUR SORROWS
  7. WE SHALL OVERCOME
  8. HEAVEN HELP US ALL
  9. LET IT BE
  10. THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE
  11. LOVE IS JUST A FOUR LETTER WORD
  12. I PITY THE POOR IMMIGRANT
  13. BLESSED ARE
  14. BRAND NEW TENNESSEE WALTZ

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„X A new mid-price compilation of the Best Of the Vanguard recordings from one of the most influential folk singers of all time.

„X In the early 60s Baez represented the popular face of folk music, touring and singing at political events. She championed the work of Bob Dylan, her choice of material gradually moving away from traditional folk towards more politically aware work.

„X Baez recorded for Vanguard for 12 years ¡V from 1960 until 1972. This compilation includes all her hits, both British and American, from that period, with copious notes giving a detailed overview of her career, along with many photo¡¦s and memorabilia.

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Although most of these songs are cover versions of great songs by the cream of the 1960s and 1970s (Dylan, the Beatles, Paul Simon and Kris Kristofferson) Joan Baez brings a freshness and unique folk twang to these songs. "The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down" is a rousing tune whereas "It's all over now, Baby Blue" and "Farewell, Angelina" are hauntingly beautiful. Baez's own song, "Blessed are" builds to a crescendo and is full of passion whilst "We shall overcome" reminds us of how influential she was in the protest movement. This album is a collection of Baez's best and meanders from folk to country and back again. A wonderful album to put on in the background when working or relaxing.
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The voice, beautiful. The songs great. This is a great introduction to the early beauty of Joan baez and her music. Recommended
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By Janice on 28 April 2017
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Good to hear many of my favourite Joan Baez hits on one CD
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By Malcolm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2011
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This album showcases some of the best of Joan Baez recordings for Vanguard
in the 60's and 70's. Now aged 70, Joan goes back a long way, as perhaps
we do too who loved her folk protest genre.

Among the 14 tracks on this album are, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue",
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" from 1971, "Farewell Angelina",
"Help Me Make It Through The Night", "There But For Fortune" and
"We Shall Overcome".

Miss Baez music diversified after the 1970's into a more folk rock,
country and later even gospel music style, flitting in and out of
the various genre's with ease.

This album is ideal for fans who wish to re-capture Joan at her best
with some of her most loved songs.
Her fansite is joanbaez.com and several more of her albums are also
available from Amazon.
Great music to bring back some great memories.
A worthwhile addition to your collection.
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How lovely to hear Joan Baez's original recordings in perfect sound. In the 1960s I used to have a single with "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and " Farewell Angelina." I loved them then as I do now and fantastic to hear them 50 years later along with other well known songs of hers.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2005
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By no means all the greatest early songs, this compilation does include her hits and well-known album tracks from the 1960s and early 1970s. It focuses on the later Vanguard years when she moved into pop and rock. Four Dylan tracks are included plus her greatest commercial success, The Band's The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, a lilting melodious song about the civil war, her big hit from 1971.
Farewell Angelina from the album of the same name is another gem, and then there's the civil rights anthem We Shall Overcome. Other highlights include The Dangling Conversation (penned by Paul Simon), the bitter Love Is Just A Four Letter Word and the stirring There But For Fortune. Help Me Make It Through The Night and Let It Be must be two of the most covered compositions of all time and Baez renders them well.
The album concludes with the evocative Brand New Tennessee Waltz, one of the most memorable songs from her repertoire. The Vanguard years encompassed many other great classics not represented here, such as Ate Amanha, Kumbaya, Long Black Veil, Gospel Ship, Satisfied Mind, and the awesome Lady Mary. That aside, this is a valuable collection and ideal for those wishing to investigate the 1960s/70s work of this folk legend.
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