[42] Joan Baez – Joan Baez

24 Jan

With her high clean voice, classic folk guitar picking, and story songs Joan Baez should be a slam dunk for me.  She was even inspired to make folk music after seeing Pete Seeger perform when she was 13 years old.

Joan Baez

Joan Baez











But despite the pure and innocent sound, I am sadly left cold by this debut album.  While she Baez shows none of the rancor often associated with Folk, there is also no passion on display.

I incongruously find myself thinking that I would like to hear this gorgeous voice over the captivating grooves of Erykah Badu, to turn two disappointing sounds into one exciting, perhaps surprising one.

I understand that Joan Baez, the album, may be important, but it is far from impressive.  I happened to visit my parents while writing this post, and my mother was playing a later Baez album, Diamonds and Rust from 1975.  I was struck by how much more she appeared to care about these later songs.

Unsurprisingly, I was similarly moved.

I was also highly amused to find the third version of “House of the Rising Sun” on this, our 42nd of 1,000 recordings

By my reckoning, that means we should hear another 60 or so times before we reach Z Z Top . . .

Next week: Anita Baker – Rapture

Owned before blogging? No. (2 of 42. 5%)
Heard before blogging? No. (4 of 42. 10%)
Recommend? No. (34 of 42. 81%)

One Response to “[42] Joan Baez – Joan Baez”


  1. [48] The Band – The Band | . . . To Hear Before I Blog - March 7, 2014

    […] And the song I probably know best, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, I know as a Joan Baez […]

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