Joan was very much an album of its time in terms of its sound and production, more so than any other album that Joan Baez ever recorded. In 1967, rock, folk, folk-rock, and pop all seemed to be headed in new and ever-more-ornate directions, and Joan was a response to that change and, not coincidentally, is also the most self-consciously beautiful record that Baez ever cut. Arranger/conductor Peter Schickele, who had previously worked with Baez on her Christmas album, provides generally restrained orchestral accompaniment on ...
Joan was very much an album of its time in terms of its sound and production, more so than any other album that Joan Baez ever recorded. In 1967, rock, folk, folk-rock, and pop all seemed to be headed in new and ever-more-ornate directions, and Joan was a response to that change and, not coincidentally, is also the most self-consciously beautiful record that Baez ever cut. Arranger/conductor Peter Schickele, who had previously worked with Baez on her Christmas album, provides generally restrained orchestral accompaniment on ten of the 12 songs here. The latter, in sharp contrast to Baez's earlier work, are mostly drawn from a wide range of such popular composers as John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Donovan, Paul Simon, and Jacques Brel, as well as Tim Hardin and Baez's late brother-in-law, Richard Farina. Several of these tracks -- "Turquoise" with its gorgeous parts for the harps and the horns, "Children of Darkness" with its beautiful writing for the reeds, and "Saigon Bride" with its haunting brass part -- are profoundly beautiful. Others, such as "Eleanor Rigby" and "Dangling Conversation," don't come off nearly as well, in part because they're competing against fairly ornate originals and also -- in the case of the Paul Simon song -- because of Baez's decision to alter the words. If Joan has one unfortunate attribute, it lies in the singer's Sinatra-like tendency to alter the lyrics of the songs that she's chosen to cover, if only by a single word ("is the theater really dead" becomes "is the church really dead," for no reason that anyone but the singer has ever been able to fathom); that and her overly strident singing (mated to an overly strident brass-laden arrangement) of Jacques Brel's "La Colombe" constitute the low point of this otherwise very fine album. Additionally, Baez shows off the two earliest-published products of her career as a songwriter, in the form of "North" and "Saigon Bride," the latter a particularly poignant anti-war song that expresses the futility of the Vietnam War about as well as anything this side of Phil Ochs' "White Boots Marching in a Yellow Land." ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
Very Good. Music CD. Disc in very good condition with minimal wear, plays perfectly. Case and inserts show signs of wear. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1991. Music CD.
Fine in fine packaging. Joan Baez Joan Label: Vanguard VSD-79240 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo Country: US Released: 1967 Genre: Rock, Pop Style: Folk Rock, Chanson, Ballad Tracklist A1 Be Not Too Hard Bass Richard Romoff Drums Alvin Rogers Lyrics By Christopher Logue Music By Donovan 2: 49 A2 Eleanor Rigby Written-By Paul McCartney-John Lennon* 2: 18 A3 Turquoise Written-By Donovan 3: 14 A4 La Colombe-The Dove Lyrics By [Translation] Alasdair Clayre Written-By Jacques Brel 5: 16 A5 Dangling Conversation Written-By Paul Simon 2: 43 A6 The Lady Came From Baltimore Written-By Tim Hardin 2: 30 A7 North Lyrics By Nina Dusheck Written-By Joan Baez 2: 47 B1 Children Of Darkness Written-By Richard Fariņa* 3: 52 B2 The Greenwood Side Bass Russ Savakus Electric Guitar Bruce Langhorne Written-By Traditional 7: 40 B3 If You Were A Carpenter Written-By Tim Hardin 2: 10 B4 Annabel Lee Music By Don Dilworth Written-By Edgar Allan Poe 4: 38 B5 Saigon Bride Lyrics By Nina Dusheck Written-By Joan Baez 3: 12
This item is a vinyl record and has been visually graded. G, some scuffs/hairlines on surface. Sleeve has ring/edge wear, corner creasing, bumping to corners, tanning to edges and rear panel, split to spine seam, slight water mark to edge of rear panel, G-. STFL6082 Sleeve Condition: GOOD World of Rare Books Item ref. vinyl1498660707LJV (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )