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 Joan Baez

American Singer-songwriter

Studio Albums

Joan Baez (1960)

Joan Baez Volume 2 (1961)

Joan Baez 5 (1964)

Farewell Angelina (1965)

Noel (1966)

Joan (1967)

Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time (1968)

Any Day Now (1968)

David's Album (1969)

One Day at a Time (1970)

Carry It On (1971)

Blessed Are (1971)

Come From the Shadows (1972)

Where Are You Now My Son? (1973)

Gracias A La Vida (1974)

Diamonds and Rust (1975)

From Every Stage (1976)

Gulf Winds (1976)

Blowin Away (1977)

Honest Lullaby (1979)

Recently (1987)

Speaking of Dreams (1989)

Play Me Backwards (1992)

Gone From Danger (1997)

Dark Chords on a Big Guitar (2003)

Day After Tomorrow (2008)

Live Albums

Joan Baez in Concert (1962)

Joan Baez in Concert Part 2 (1963)

Live - Europe '83 (1984)

Diamonds and Rust in the Bullring (1988)

Ring Them Bells (1995)

Live at Newport (1996)

Bowery Songs (2005)




Folksingers (1959)

Portrait of Joan Baez (1967)

The First 10 Years (1970)

The Joan Baez Ballad Book (1972)

Hits Greatest and Others (1973)

The Contemporary Ballad Book (1974)

The Joan Baez Love Song Album (1976)

Best of Joan Baez (1977)

The Joan Baez Country Music Album (1977)

Best of Joan C Baez (1977)

Joan Baez Classics (1986)

Brothers in Arms (1991)

No Woman No Cry (1992)

Rare, Live and Classic (1993)

Imagine (1993)

Diamonds (1996)

Greatest Hits (1996)

Best of Joan Baez Millennium Collection (1999)

Classic Joan Baez The Universal Masters Collection (2000)

The Essential Joan Baez (2001)

The Complete A and M Recordings (2003)






Play Me Backwards (1992) 7

The essence of a successful Baez album is to mix her own songs with covers by new talent  and in Play Me Backwards Baez takes tracks from some of America's brighter songwriters and makes them her own thanks to that remarkable voice. This is definitely an upbeat album with excellent songs from Janis Ian (Amsterdam), Mary Chapin Carpenter (Stones in the Road), John Stewart (Strange Rivers) and John Hiatt (Through Your Hands). Baez has had at least a hand in writing the other tracks with the album opening with the confessional title track that says so much in the opening lines "You don't have to play me backwards To get the meaning of my verse." Other pieces like "The Dream Song" give this album a distinctly contemporary feel to it.

Ring Them Bells (1995) - 4

Only die-hard Baez fans will be happy with a live album that could have been so much better. Joan duets with the likes of Mary Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the McGarrigles and Janis Ian, but the choice of material is sometimes extremely bland. The only tracks worth the time are Janis Ian's Jesse, and an excellent version of Diamonds and Rust. Elsewhere it's rather turgid stuff with a dreary unaccompanied version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.