Joan Baez – Joan Baez (1960)

Joan Baez is the debut album by folk singer Joan Baez. The album was recorded in the summer of 1960 and released the same year. The original release featured 13 traditional folk songs. Later reissues included three additional songs.

In 2015, the album was selected for induction into National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress for special recognition and preservation as one of the sound recordings in over 130 years of recording history that has “cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy”.

Track Listing:

1. “Silver Dagger” Traditional, arr. Joan Baez 2:32
2. “East Virginia” Traditional, arr. Joan Baez 3:44
3. “Fare Thee Well (10,000 Miles)” Traditional, arr. David Gude 3:22
4. “House of the Rising Sun” Traditional, arr. Joan Baez 2:56
5. “All My Trials” Traditional, arr. Joan Baez 4:41
6. “Wildwood Flower” Traditional, arr. Joan Baez 2:37
7. “Donna Donna” Sholom Secunda, Aaron Zeitlin, Arthur Kevess, Teddi Schwartz 3:15
8. “John Riley” Traditional, arr. Joan Baez 3:54
9. “Rake and Rambling Boy” Traditional, arr. Joan Baez 1:59
10. “Little Moses” Traditional, arr. Joan Baez 3:31
11. “Mary Hamilton” Traditional, arr. Joan Baez 5:58
12. “Henry Martin” Traditional, arr. Joan Baez 4:15
13. “El Preso Número Nueve” Roberto Cantoral 2:48

Review: If you enjoy folk music, this is one of the must head albums ever made. It’s notable for it’s clean sound. And Baez’s pure sounding tone. However if you are not a big fan of folk. The album ban be considered pretty boring, repetitive, and her voice goes up so high it can hurt your ears.

Schill Score: 3.5/10

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