Joan Baez – Joan Baez (1960/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:27 minutes | 896 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Concord Music Group
Billboard 200 – #15 (1960)
The re-release of iconic folk singer Joan Baez’s self-titled debut album. Recorded in the summer of 1960, Joan Baez’s first record introduced the world to the pure and soaring soprano of a then-19-year-old folk singer, who had recently come to prominence after the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.
Armed with just her voice, two guitars (the second guitar being played by Fred Hellerman of The Weavers) and two microphones, Baez injected new life into a series of traditional songs that she had chosen and arranged herself. In doing so, she placed herself at the forefront of the folk music revival that would take over America.
After Joan’s breakthrough at Newport in ’59, several major labels including Columbia Records courted her, but she chose to sign with the smaller independent Vanguard Records (which was acquired by Concord/Craft in 2015).
“It took four nights. We were in a big, smelly ballroom at a hotel on Broadway, way up by the river. We couldn’t record on Wednesday nights because they played bingo there. I would be down there on this dirty old rug with two microphones, one for the voice and one for the guitar. I just did my set; it was probably all I knew. Just put ’em down. I did ‘Mary Hamilton’ once, that was it. That’s the way we made ’em in the old days. As long as a dog didn’t run through the room or something, you had it.”
– Joan Baez
1. Silver Dagger (02:29)
2. East Virginia (03:42)
3. Fare Thee Well (or Ten Thousand Miles) (03:18)
4. House Of The Rising Sun (02:54)
5. All My Trials (04:38)
6. Wildwood Flower (02:34)
7. Donna Donna (03:12)
8. John Riley (03:51)
9. Rake And Rambling Boy (01:57)
10. Little Moses (03:27)
11. Mary Hamilton (05:54)
12. Henry Martin (04:11)
13. El Preso Numero Nueve (02:47)
Joan Baez, vocals, guitar
Produced by Maynard Solomon