Vanguard Sessions: Baez Sings Dylan

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All Music Guide - Matt Fink
Culling 15 tracks from her 1968 release of Any Day Now and adding five tracks taken from her releases of the early '60s, Vanguard Sessions: Baez Sings Dylan is a wonderful example of Joan Baez's ability to transcend the work of other songwriters. Though it could be said that the genius of Dylan's songcraft can occasionally be obscured by the understated starkness of his presentation, Baez's use of slightly countrified arrangements to compliment her powerful vocals succeeds in recasting these classics in a slightly prettier package. Baez takes few liberties, so most tracks don't count as surprises, though a bluesy a cappella rendition of "Tears of Rage" and a funky, soulful ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Fink
Culling 15 tracks from her 1968 release of Any Day Now and adding five tracks taken from her releases of the early '60s, Vanguard Sessions: Baez Sings Dylan is a wonderful example of Joan Baez's ability to transcend the work of other songwriters. Though it could be said that the genius of Dylan's songcraft can occasionally be obscured by the understated starkness of his presentation, Baez's use of slightly countrified arrangements to compliment her powerful vocals succeeds in recasting these classics in a slightly prettier package. Baez takes few liberties, so most tracks don't count as surprises, though a bluesy a cappella rendition of "Tears of Rage" and a funky, soulful "Dear Landlord" nearly qualify as such. More than anything, Baez's renditions make the listener realize just how incredibly nuanced Dylan's delivery can be. Though standards like "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," "It Ain't Me Babe," and "I Shall Be Released" are covered, just as many tracks are of a lesser-known variety, such as "Walkin' Down the Line," "Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word," and "Walls of Red Wing." Of course, bringing out the genius in Dylan's work isn't exactly akin to pulling teeth, but the timeless quality of Baez's thoughtful renditions more than does the work justice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/1998
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707951227
  • Catalog Number: 79512
  • Sales rank: 1,764

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joan Baez Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Gimble Musician
Jerry Reed Musician
Buddy Spicher Musician
Steve Stills Musician
Pete Drake Musician
Grady Martin Leader, Musician, Lead
Maurice de Abravanel Conductor
Harold Bradley Musician
Kenny Buttrey Musician
Jerry Kennedy Musician
Bruce Langhorne Electric Guitar
Norbert Putnam Musician
Ralph Rinzler Mandolin
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Musician
Richard Romoff String Bass, Bass Strings
Russ Savakus String Bass, Bass Strings
David Soyer Cello
Pete Wade Musician
Hal Rugg Musician
Fred Carter Jr. Musician
Bill Purcell Musician
John Baez Guitar, Vocals
Junior Huskey Musician
Technical Credits
Joan Baez Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Langston Hughes Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Fred Carter Contributor
Bill Pursell Contributor
Selby Coffeen Engineer
Diana Davies Cover Photo
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Contributor
Tommy Jackson Contributor
Jack Lothrop Original Album Producer
Maynard Solomon Producer, Original Album Producer
Captain Jeff Zaraya Engineer
John Byrne Cooke Illustrations
David Briggs Contributor
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