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Ring them cash tills (good but not essential Baez)
on 31 December 2009
This recording when first released in single CD format was at a time when Joan Baez was releasing more live albums plus moving around labels a lot. Overall it was fine but not outstanding Baez, featuring the highlights of two evenings hosted by Joan with several songs being sung with other guest artistes. The performances were from a famous NY folk venue (the Bottom Line) which subsequently closed as did the original record label of release!
Now re-released on the UK folk label of choice (Proper), the addition of a number of previously omitted recordings expands the set out to two CDs and makes it available as a Collectors edition. While nice to have a more complete picture of the two nights, sadly none of the new tracks alter the original view of the first release as good but not great. Baez's voice remains the main reason for acquiring, and I found her solos still the better recordings versus the shared performances, including one with her sister Mimi Farina who has since died and to whom the new release is dedicated.