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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All This Amazing Grace

    On this live recording (New York City at the Bowery Ballroom 11/06/04) Joan Baez sings Greg Brown’s composition “Rexroth’s Daughter”, a song full of a lifetime’s worth of insightful lyrics. One phrase that stood out specifically to me as I listened to it on this particular recording was: “If you try to swallow what they shove at us you run out of tears to cry I heard a man speak quietly I listened for awhile He spoke from his heart to my woe then he bowed and smiled What is real but compassion as we move from birth to death?” Compassion is woven throughout Joan’s performance here, as she sings quietly, sweetly, sadly, and strongly, of age-old woes, dreams, hopes, and the desire for peace, both personal and political. What is most central to the success of this record is Joan’s voice. It is up front & center in the mix, where it rightfully belongs. Joan has now lived 64 of those years “from birth to death”, and her vast amount of experiences (personal and musical) is reflected in her knowing interpretations of these achingly beautiful songs. As Greg Brown also writes in “Rexroth’s Daughter” “…pray that we will find a way to get with all this amazing grace.” Listen to Joan Baez’s “Bowery Song’s” awhile, and you’ll find that it’s a great place to start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Baez Still Shines

    On her latest live recording -- a document of her fall 2004 concert tour -- Joan Baez handily retains her legendary status as she works her way beautifully through a well- chosen repertoire of both old classics and recent compositions. Baez's voice still amazes and thrills, as she demonstrates an upper register that continues to raise goose bumps in its fifth decade -- and that now coexists alongside an amazingly enhanced lower range. From the revisiting of her first album via "Silver Dagger," through pulse-quickening social statements such as "Joe Hill" and "Deportee," up to new gems "Finlandia" and "Jerusalem," this is Joan Baez at her age-defying best. A must- have for existing Baez fans and any lovers of classic musical talent!

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    Posted December 4, 2008

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