Not many Hits
Joan Baez is pretty mediocre, how did she ever gain fame? I know many a local talent as talented as her!!!! Very OOOverrated!!!!
In The Quiet Morning
I remember exactly where I bought this song "45" when it first came out. I even remember what the sales clerk said to me. I'm glad I found the original on iTunes.
Not the hit version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
By John Sisak
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is not the hit version, which was released as a single in 1971. For that version, see The Best of John Baez from Vanguard. I cannot comment on the rest of this album.
Some recordings are live
The song I was especially looking for, "The Night They Drive Old Dixie Down," is from a concert. I was a little dissappointed. I prefer studio songs only! A little misleading...
Diamonds and Rust
A wonderful song written by Joan Baez that describes her relationship with the legendary Bob Dylan. Listen to the words!
James Norden Can't Be Wrong
Esteemed music critic James "Ted" Norden is on record as saying for the song "Diamonds & Rust" *alone*, this album's a must listen.
And if James T. Norden says so, well ....
That's good enough for *me* !
After all these years she still moves me to tears . . .
By Renee Quail
Joan Baez' voice is just plain beautiful and she has the ability to move me after all these years. I so enjoyed listening to her this morning while on my morning walk - what a great way to start the day. Diamonds and Rust in particular is one of my favorite songs of all time. Nobody sings quite like her, although I did simultaneously purchase a new CD entitled "Expectations: A Folk Rock Revolution" here on iTunes with some very good, yet undiscovered talent on it. One vocalist, Renee Quail, had a somewhat similar, haunting tone to her voice - as yet a bit unrefined, but some possibilities there. Also Audra Hardt whom I had heard of before and a couple of others.
I-Tunes Please Take Notice
Is anyone besides Bear Re aware that the review above does not match the song list below?
Uneven collection from a great singer
By Bear Re
Listeners new to Joan Baez should beware. The official review posted above is wrong. It is not a review of this "Greatest Hits" album, it is rather of Baez's first, strictly "folk" album. This "Greatest Hits" compilation is very different. It's from a later, mixed folk and rock period of her career (and most, maybe all, recorded on A&M, not on Vanguard.) Some of these songs are very good. And there is no question that Baez has one of the most beautiful, pure voices that has ever been recorded. But some of the songs are not very good, and the selection is OK at best. Listen and buy selectively.
Now this is Folk!
Sometimes you just have to step back and admire the masters, and Joan Baez is one such master. Her lyrics, eclectic style and musical genius are entrancing. Singing of everyday occurances and love lost/won she weaves you around her little finger. Wish she was still around to give us more of pure folksie goodness!