Gone from Danger [Collector's Edition]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although it might appear that Joan Baez has had an uphill struggle in her career as an interpretive singer in a popular music field dominated by singer/songwriters, in fact she has kept her music fresh over the years by seeking out successive generations of upcoming writers and championing their work. In the 1960s, that might have meant Bob Dylan and Richard Fariña, for instance, but 30 years later she is still finding new work by young artists and popularizing it, even if they also perform the songs themselves. On her 1997 album, Gone from Danger, those songwriters are Dar Williams, Sinéad Lohan, and Richard Shindell, each of whom contributes multiple songs, as well ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although it might appear that Joan Baez has had an uphill struggle in her career as an interpretive singer in a popular music field dominated by singer/songwriters, in fact she has kept her music fresh over the years by seeking out successive generations of upcoming writers and championing their work. In the 1960s, that might have meant Bob Dylan and Richard Fariña, for instance, but 30 years later she is still finding new work by young artists and popularizing it, even if they also perform the songs themselves. On her 1997 album, Gone from Danger, those songwriters are Dar Williams, Sinéad Lohan, and Richard Shindell, each of whom contributes multiple songs, as well as Betty Elders and Mark Addison. They provide her with a host of new social issues to tackle as well, among them pedophilia (Elders' heartbreaking "Crack in the Mirror") and immigration (Shindell's caustic "Fishing"). As usual, she proves herself a superior interpreter, intelligently presenting the complex, mature concerns of the songwriters, whether the subjects have political or emotional resonance (or both). She is aided by producers Wally Wilson and Kenny Greenberg, who have constructed contemporary folk-rock arrangements using A-list musicians from the New Acoustic and newgrass fields, placing the music firmly in the '90s Americana style, which is not so far from Baez's mid-'60s music. This may be the umpteenth album by a performer whose career is nearing the 40-year mark, but it sounds as up to date as a disc by any contemporary artist of the day. [The Collectors Edition of Gone from Danger released in 2009 adds a second disc containing live performances of many of the album's songs on which Baez is often joined by the songwriters; it makes for a useful gloss on the original studio recordings. The degree of participation by the other singers varies, with Sinéad Lohan providing both extremes. She is barely audible when given a chance to pitch in a few lines on "No Mermaid," but takes the lead on "Who Do You Think I Am" to the extent that Baez is reduced to being a background singer. Lohan also gets the lion's share of the disc closer, Bob Dylan's "To Ramona," although Baez can be credited as a harmony singer this time. (After its initial release in 1997, Gone from Danger was reissued by Castle in the U.K., for instance, with a second CD containing two bonus live tracks. Oddly enough, those tracks, a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Dangling Conversation" and Betty Elders' "Long Bed from Kenya" recorded at the 1997 Newport Folk Festival, are not included on this Collectors Edition, although a different recording of "Long Bed from Kenya," made two days later at Mountain Stage, is.)]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018302722
  • Catalog Number: 83027
  • Sales rank: 247,564

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Mermaid (4:23)
  2. 2 Reunion Hill (4:08)
  3. 3 Crack in the Mirror (5:48)
  4. 4 February (4:11)
  5. 5 Fishing (4:46)
  6. 6 If I Wrote You (3:28)
  7. 7 Lily (3:52)
  8. 8 Who Do You Think I Am (4:02)
  9. 9 Mercy Bound (4:51)
  10. 10 Money for Floods (3:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 If I Wrote You (3:48)
  2. 2 No Mermaid (4:33)
  3. 3 Reunion Hill (4:52)
  4. 4 Crack in the Mirror (5:40)
  5. 5 Long Bed from Kenya (5:20)
  6. 6 February (3:58)
  7. 7 You're Aging Well (4:15)
  8. 8 Fishing (4:48)
  9. 9 Money for Floods (3:21)
  10. 10 Who Do You Think I Am (5:54)
  11. 11 To Ramona - Sinéad Lohan (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joan Baez Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Shindell Guitar, Vocals
Matt Rollings Organ, Piano
Eric Darken Percussion
Richard Rodney Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bazouki
Betty Elders Guitar, Vocals
Dar Williams Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Electric Guitar
Steve Conn Accordion
Chad Cromwell Percussion, Drums
Dan Dugmore Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Gene Elders Fiddle
Kenny Greenberg Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Jim Hoke Saxophone
Marabeth Jordan Background Vocals
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Michael Rhodes Bass
Sharon Rice Background Vocals
Joe Spivey Fiddle, Mandolin
Willie Weeks Bass
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Carol Steele Percussion, Vocals
Sinéad Lohan Guitar, Vocals
Tim Lauer Harmonium
Sam Wilson Vocals, Laughs
Allison Moorer Background Vocals
Dennis Bernside Piano, Wurlitzer
Ellie Wilson Vocals, Laughs
Wally Wilson Percussion, Piano
Timothy J. Lauer Keyboards
Timothy Lauer Keyboards
Jim Collins Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joan Baez Composer
Richard Shindell Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Graham Lewis Engineer
Larry Groce Producer, Audio Production, Artistic Director
Betty Elders Composer
Dar Williams Composer
Mark Addison Composer
Francis Fisher Engineer
Kenny Greenberg Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Sharon Rice Composer
Andy Ridenour Executive Producer
Mark Spector Executive Producer
Sinéad Lohan Composer
Dan Rudin Engineer
Arthur Levy Liner Notes
Norman Moore Art Direction
Don Wafer Producer, Stage Manager
Clarke Schleicher Engineer
Wally Wilson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
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