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A month-and-a-half after the release of her first studio recording in six years, and perhaps her finest recording since 1975's Diamonds & Rust, Joan Baez's complete A&M recordings offer a revelatory view of the artist at her most adventurous. Baez's tenure with A&M lasted from 1972-1976 and yielded five studio albums, a live recording, and three non-album singles. All of them are included here on four CDs with gorgeously remastered sound, a deluxe package with exhaustive, insightful, and unflinching liner notes by Arthur Levy, and a package that should win a Grammy for design and presentation if nothing else. Baez, regarded in the popular culture at large as a "folk" or "topical" singer (the latter term she would not refute, the former hasn't fit her for some time), has always been a restless artist. This box set offers proof that Baez's switch to A&M -- then an independent, now swallowed whole by Universal -- from Vanguard, facilitated a virtual renaissance for her not just creatively, but on the charts as well. This reappraisal is necessary, given Baez's most recent recordings have reflected another shift in her sound and concerns, away from being a songwriter to being an interpreter of fine, edgy, roots songs by a whole slew of younger writers -- and her seeming embrace of the electric guitar. The earliest evidence of Baez's rambling vision can be heard on her experimental album Baptism, from 1968. Upon moving to A&M, and recording from her Nashville studio base, Baez released her self-produced Come From The Shadows (with help from Norbert Putnam), featuring -- like her latter day Vanguard recordings -- a host of Nashville's finest musicians, which included David Paul Briggs, Pete Drake, Kenneth A. Buttrey, Charlie McCoy, and Grady Martin. It was certainly a political record, but it also included the stunning "Love Song To A Stranger," and her sister Mimi Fariña's "In The Quiet Morning," written in memory of Janis Joplin. The other half of Disc One is comprised of Where Are You Now, My Son from 1973, co-produced by Baez and Henry Lewy. It included a slew of originals by Baez, including the title track, a pair of songs by Fariña, and Hoyt Axton's "Less Than A Song." Most importantly, it was a move toward something outside of the country-rock realm she'd been toying with. That "something" first occurs on Disc Two with her traditional album of Latin folk and topical songs from Gracias a la Vida, and, of course, 1975's Diamonds and Rust with David Kershenbaum helping her out in the production room. The latter album, heard so many years after the fact of its inception and release, has Baez experimenting with soul -- Stevie Wonder's "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer"; hard country: Dickey Betts' "Blue Sky,"; and moving around toward Dylan once again, as she was part of the Rolling Thunder Review, with a stellar version of "Simple Twist Of Fate," as well as the legendary title track. Along with it, Baez wrote four songs, and recorded others by John Prine, and Jackson Browne, and offered a deeply moving rendition of Stephen Foster's "I Dream of Jeannie" melded with "Danny Boy." It was the masterpiece that both critics and fans knew she was capable of delivering and had been leading up to since Blessed Are.., her final album for Vanguard. It, along with most everything here, has aged well and endures. Disc Three features the second half of Diamonds and Rust, and another fine, if criminally under-appreciated, album Gulf Winds, released in October of 1976 and comprised entirely of Baez originals. Disc Four features one of the best live recordings from the 1970s, From Every Stage, compiled from a handful of shows and not enhanced in any way. Some of the members of her road band included no less than one of Motown's Funk Brothers in bassist James Jamerson, drummer Jim Gordon, pianist David Briggs, and guitarist Larry Carlton. Moving across the space of her entire career, it is a moving, engaging, and utterly transcendent recording, offered in an era when live records sucked -- they were no longer live but edited heavily in the studio. This box features each album's original liner notes, as well as a host of stunning photographs. But besides the elegant package, the music tells the story of an artist who pushed herself beyond the laurels of her living legend, who worked at trying to find, in the swirling winds of change, a complexity outside her accepted norm, and finally, a relevant, constantly evolving place for herself as an artist. The evidence is in: she succeeded in spades.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Prison Trilogy (Billy Rose)
00:04:23

Norbert Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Rainbow Road
00:03:04

Donnie Fritts, ComposerLyricist - Norbert Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer - Dan Penn, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Love Song To A Stranger
00:03:52

Norbert Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Myths
00:03:18

Norbert Putnam, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
In The Quiet Morning
00:02:55

Norbert Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer - Mimi Farina, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Weary Mothers
00:03:29

Norbert Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
To Bobby
00:04:00

Norbert Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Song Of Bangladesh
00:04:50

Norbert Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
A Stranger In My Place
00:03:04

Kin Vassy, ComposerLyricist - Norbert Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer - Kenny Rogers, ComposerLyricist - Gene Eichelberger, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist - Tro-First Edition Productions Inc, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Tumbleweed
00:03:29

Norbert Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Douglas Van Arsdale, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
The Partisan
00:03:14

Norbert Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer - HY ZARET, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist - Anna Marly, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Imagine
00:03:28

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Putnam, Producer, Co-Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Where Are You Now, My Son?
00:21:41

Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1973 A&M Records

14
Only Heaven Knows (Ah, The Sad Wind Blows)
00:02:34

Norbert Putnam, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1973 A&M Records

15
Less Than The Song
00:03:26

Norbert Putnam, Producer - Hoyt Axton, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1973 A&M Records

16
A Young Gypsy
00:03:35

Norbert Putnam, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lee Hazen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1973 A&M Records

17
Mary Call
00:03:33

Norbert Putnam, Producer - Mimi Farina, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1973 A&M Records

DISC 2

1
Rider, Pass By
00:04:12

Norbert Putnam, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1973 A&M Records

2
Best Of Friends
00:03:03

Norbert Putnam, Producer - Mimi Farina, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1973 A&M Records

3
Windrose
00:03:41

Norbert Putnam, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1973 A&M Records

4
Gracias A La Vida (Here's To Life)
00:03:34

Henry Lewy, Producer - Violeta Parra, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist

℗ 1974 A&M Records

5
Llego Con Tres Heridas (I Come With Three Wounds)
00:02:12

Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Teresa Juan Manuel Serrat, ComposerLyricist - Gilabert Miguel Hernandez, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
La Llorona (The Weeping Woman)
00:03:38

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
El Preso Numero Nueve (Prisoner Number Nine)
00:03:24

Hermanos Cantoral, ComposerLyricist - Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Guantanamera
00:03:50

Peter Seeger, ComposerLyricist - José Fernandez Diaz, ComposerLyricist - Henry Lewy, Producer - Jose Marti, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist - Julian Orbon, ComposerLyricist - Hector Angulo, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Te Recuerdo Amanda (I Remember Amanda)
00:02:31

Henry Lewy, Producer - Victor Jara, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Dida
00:03:33

Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Cu-Cu-Rru-Cu-Cu Paloma
00:04:29

Tomas Mendez Sosa, ComposerLyricist - Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Paso Rio (I Pass A River)
00:00:56

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
El Rossinyol (The Nightingale)
00:03:01

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
De Colores (In Colors)
00:02:26

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Las Madres Cansadas (All The Weary Mothers Of The Earth)
00:02:55

Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
No Nos Moveran (We Shall Not Be Moved)
00:03:39

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Esquinazo Del Guerrillero (The Guerilla's Serenade)
00:02:42

Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Fernando Alegria, ComposerLyricist - Rolando Alarcon, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Yeh Single Version
00:03:22

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
Where's My Apple Pie? Single Version
00:04:00

Henry Lewy, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Forever Young Single Version
00:03:52

Bob Dylan, ComposerLyricist - Joan Baez, MainArtist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
Diamonds And Rust
00:04:45

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
Fountain Of Sorrow
00:04:30

Jackson Browne, ComposerLyricist - David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

23
Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer
00:02:44

Syreeta Wright, ComposerLyricist - Stevie Wonder, ComposerLyricist - David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 3

1
Children And All That Jazz
00:03:08

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Simple Twist Of Fate
00:04:44

Bob Dylan, ComposerLyricist - David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Blue Sky
00:02:45

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Betts, ComposerLyricist - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Hello In There
00:03:04

John Prine, ComposerLyricist - David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Jesse
00:04:26

Janis Ian, ComposerLyricist - David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Winds Of The Old Days
00:03:56

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Dida
00:03:24

Joni Mitchell, FeaturedArtist - David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
I Dream Of Jeannie / Danny Boy Medley
00:04:09

Stephen Collins Foster, ComposerLyricist - David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Fred E. Weatherly, ComposerLyricist - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1975 A&M Records

9
Sweeter For Me
00:04:28

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Seabirds
00:04:31

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joan Baez, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bernard Gelb, Producer, Executive Producer

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

A month-and-a-half after the release of her first studio recording in six years, and perhaps her finest recording since 1975's Diamonds & Rust, Joan Baez's complete A&M recordings offer a revelatory view of the artist at her most adventurous. Baez's tenure with A&M lasted from 1972-1976 and yielded five studio albums, a live recording, and three non-album singles. All of them are included here on four CDs with gorgeously remastered sound, a deluxe package with exhaustive, insightful, and unflinching liner notes by Arthur Levy, and a package that should win a Grammy for design and presentation if nothing else. Baez, regarded in the popular culture at large as a "folk" or "topical" singer (the latter term she would not refute, the former hasn't fit her for some time), has always been a restless artist. This box set offers proof that Baez's switch to A&M -- then an independent, now swallowed whole by Universal -- from Vanguard, facilitated a virtual renaissance for her not just creatively, but on the charts as well. This reappraisal is necessary, given Baez's most recent recordings have reflected another shift in her sound and concerns, away from being a songwriter to being an interpreter of fine, edgy, roots songs by a whole slew of younger writers -- and her seeming embrace of the electric guitar. The earliest evidence of Baez's rambling vision can be heard on her experimental album Baptism, from 1968. Upon moving to A&M, and recording from her Nashville studio base, Baez released her self-produced Come From The Shadows (with help from Norbert Putnam), featuring -- like her latter day Vanguard recordings -- a host of Nashville's finest musicians, which included David Paul Briggs, Pete Drake, Kenneth A. Buttrey, Charlie McCoy, and Grady Martin. It was certainly a political record, but it also included the stunning "Love Song To A Stranger," and her sister Mimi Fariña's "In The Quiet Morning," written in memory of Janis Joplin. The other half of Disc One is comprised of Where Are You Now, My Son from 1973, co-produced by Baez and Henry Lewy. It included a slew of originals by Baez, including the title track, a pair of songs by Fariña, and Hoyt Axton's "Less Than A Song." Most importantly, it was a move toward something outside of the country-rock realm she'd been toying with. That "something" first occurs on Disc Two with her traditional album of Latin folk and topical songs from Gracias a la Vida, and, of course, 1975's Diamonds and Rust with David Kershenbaum helping her out in the production room. The latter album, heard so many years after the fact of its inception and release, has Baez experimenting with soul -- Stevie Wonder's "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer"; hard country: Dickey Betts' "Blue Sky,"; and moving around toward Dylan once again, as she was part of the Rolling Thunder Review, with a stellar version of "Simple Twist Of Fate," as well as the legendary title track. Along with it, Baez wrote four songs, and recorded others by John Prine, and Jackson Browne, and offered a deeply moving rendition of Stephen Foster's "I Dream of Jeannie" melded with "Danny Boy." It was the masterpiece that both critics and fans knew she was capable of delivering and had been leading up to since Blessed Are.., her final album for Vanguard. It, along with most everything here, has aged well and endures. Disc Three features the second half of Diamonds and Rust, and another fine, if criminally under-appreciated, album Gulf Winds, released in October of 1976 and comprised entirely of Baez originals. Disc Four features one of the best live recordings from the 1970s, From Every Stage, compiled from a handful of shows and not enhanced in any way. Some of the members of her road band included no less than one of Motown's Funk Brothers in bassist James Jamerson, drummer Jim Gordon, pianist David Briggs, and guitarist Larry Carlton. Moving across the space of her entire career, it is a moving, engaging, and utterly transcendent recording, offered in an era when live records sucked -- they were no longer live but edited heavily in the studio. This box features each album's original liner notes, as well as a host of stunning photographs. But besides the elegant package, the music tells the story of an artist who pushed herself beyond the laurels of her living legend, who worked at trying to find, in the swirling winds of change, a complexity outside her accepted norm, and finally, a relevant, constantly evolving place for herself as an artist. The evidence is in: she succeeded in spades.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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