- Audio CD (7 Sept. 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Polydor Group
- ASIN: B000002G50
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,571 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Greatest Hits Original recording remastered
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Before Joan Baez, the closest thing to a white female folksinger was Jo Stafford. Baez made her professional debut in 1959 at the Newport Folk Festival and started recording for Vanguard the next year. Her early association with Bob Dylan and performances of his songs did him no harm. The material in this CD comes from later in her career, when she had left Vanguard for A&M. Listeners who enjoy this CD will probably want to hear her earlier work. She is among the classic American voices. --Stanley Booth
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Her earlier work in the late 1950's and 1960's made her folk's leading lady and rightly so.
This Greatest Hits is on AM and features some unmissable tracks including Diamonds and Rust, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Simple Twist Of Fate, Imagine and best of all the poignant Ballard Of Sacco and Vanzetti.
For me the only real disappointment is Amazing Grace, rather than singing it straight, Joan is teaching the crowd and this detracts from a truely great song.
Still this easily gets 4 stars.
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is a live recording, but misses none of the mood or flair of the single. "Please Come To Boston" is nearly better than the original and Joan captures the tenuous love longings with her voice. "Oh Happy Day" is given the justice and respect it deserves and "Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer" is still heartbreaking.
"Diamonds And Rust" is the first cut and with reason. It has to be her best written song/recording to date. Faded memories, lasting longings, the broken heart; ah, Joan Baez is truly gifted.
The remaining songs are her classics from over the years. If you have any misgivings about this album, listen to some of the clips to decide if these versions are the ones you want.
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