Joan Baez – Early Years: The First Albums 1959-61 – 2CD


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Joan Baez is one of the most revered and important names in contemporary folk music, a pioneer of the protest movement in the 1960 alongside Bob Dylan and others, and an artist whose peerless voice and highly personal way with a song has influenced countless folk performers who have followed in her wake over the decades. Born in Staten Island, NYC, in 1941 of Mexican and Scottish decent, she moved around the country with her parents – her scientist father worked for UNESCO – and embraced many social causes. She encountered Pete Seeger in her early teens, and was inspired by his style of music, and when her father took a position at MIT in Boston in 1958, she became heavily involved in the folk scene there, giving her first concerts that year. In 1959, with two other folk enthusiasts, she recorded a number of songs in a friend’s cellar, and that became the album “Folk Singers Round Harvard Square”, from which all the titles featuring Joan are included here. She was invited to perform at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival” which led to her signing with Vanguard Records, and her first two albums for Vanguard from 1960 and 1961, “Joan Baez” and “Joan Baez Vol. 2”, which comprise the rest of this collection.. They feature Joan accompanying herself on guitar as she performs selections of mainly traditional songs, arranged and adapted by her to suit her highly distinctive style, and they provided the platform from which her extraordinary performing and recording career developed. Recorded while she was still a teenager, the collection offers an enjoyable and captivating insight into her already highly developed talent.

Track Listing:

Joan Baez: 1. Banks Of The Ohio -   2. O What A Beautiful City -   3. Sail Away Ladies -   4. Black Is The Colour -   5. Lowlands -   6. What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby -   Joan Baez & Bill Wood: 7. Kitty -   8. So Soon In The Morning -   9. Careless Love -   Joan Baez, Bill Wood & Ted Alevizos: 10. Don't Weep After Me -   Joan Baez: 11. Silver Dagger -   12. East Virginia -   13. Fare Thee Well (10,000 Miles) -   14. House Of The Rising Sun -   15. All My Trials -   16. Wildwood Flower -   17. Donna Donna -   18. John Riley -   19. Rake And Rambling Boy

Joan Baez: 1. Little Moses -   2. Mary Hamilton -   3. Henry Martin -   4. El Preso Número Nueve -   5. Wagoner’s Lad -   6. The Trees They Do Grow High -   7. The Lily Of The West -   8. Silkie (Child No.113) -   9. Engine 143 -   10. Once I Knew A Pretty Girl -   11. Lonesome Road -   12. Banks Of The Ohio -   13. Pal Of Mine -   14. Barbara Allen (Child No.84) -   15. The Cherry Tree Carol (Child No.54) -   16. Old Blue -   17. Railroad Boy -   18. Plaisir D'Amour -

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