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New Joan Baez Album, Whistle Down The Wind, Arriving

For decades, and especially at the beginning of the Rock phenomena that many of us find a way of life these days, there was Joan Baez. Her first album was released back in 1960, a light-year of time ago for many of us. From there, her fame grew. By 1970, she had a strong hit with a cover of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. Her version is still considered a strong version of one the great singles of all time.

Over her lifetime, Joan Baez has released over twenty albums. During the ’60s and ’70s, many of her sets were consistently charting high until time and the political environment had found little use of her activism and voice. Great albums like Diamonds & Rust (1975) were incredible productions. Regardless, as legend, Joan Baez continued to tour, record, and release new music. Her last album, Day After Tomorrow (2008), charted respectably.

On March 2, Joan Baez will release her newest album, Whistle Down The Wind. It is a mix of covers and originals in a collection of ten songs. Two tracks (including the cover song) were penned by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. Another is a Mary Chapin Carpenter song (“The Things We Are Made Of”) done in the inimitable Baez fashion. Listening to the title track, I feel confident that Whistle Down the Wind will be a beautiful Joan Baez addition to a strong library.

Whistle Down The Wind will be released on CD and vinyl LP, as well as in the DD format.

Whistle Down The WindJoan Baez

01 – Whistle Down The Wind
02 – Be Of Good Heart
03 – Another World
04 – Civil War
05 – The Things We Are Made Of
06 – The President Sang Amazing Grace
07 – Last Leaf
08 – Silver Blade
09 – The Great Correction
10 – I Wish The Wars Were All Over

3CD Joan Baez Collection, The Complete Gold Castle Masters, In April

Joan Baez has long been a fixture within the structure of Rock and Roll. Although her time was primarily in the 60s, with a short foray of popularity into the ’70s, her mark is unmistakable! She’s delivered more than a collectible array of songs and hits.

On April 7, Proper Records will release a 3CD set being called The Complete Gold Castle Masters that cover her three Gold Master label releases. Those include her two late ’80s studio issues, Recently (1987), and Speaking Of Dreams (1989), as well as her one live set with the label, Diamonds & Rust In The Bullring (1988). Proper Records will deliver the set in a 3CD Box. The set will be home to 33 racks from the label that Danny Goldberg ran. And while I’m not sure, my assumption is that these are going to feature new remastering,

The Complete Gold Castle Masters – Joan Baez

CD1 (Recently):
01. Brothers In Arms
02. Recently
03. Asimbonanga
04. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
05. James & The Gang
06. Let Us Break Bread Together / Oh Freedom
07. MLK
08. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
09. Biko
10. Lebanon

CD2 (Diamonds And Rust In The Bullpen) (Live in Bilboa, Spain – 1988):
01. Diamonds And Rust
02. Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
03. No Woman No Cry
04. Famous Blue Raincoat
05. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
06. Let It Be
07. El Preso Numero Nueve
08. Llego Con Tres Heridas
09. Txoria Txori
10. Ellas Danzan Solas (Cueca Sola)
11. Gracias A La Vida
12. No Nos Moveran

CD3 (Speaking Of Dreams):
01. China
02. Warriors of the Sun
03. Carrickfergus
04. Hand to Mouth
05. Speaking of Dreams
06. El Salvador
07. Rambler Gambler / Whispering Bells
08. Fairfax County
09. A Mi Manera
10. Goodnight Saigon
11. Warriors of the Sun / She’s Got a Ticket


Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration CD/DVD Arrives In June

Joan Baez 75th Anniversary CelebrationJoan Baez is a integral part of the early years of Rock. Her folk-styled tunes kept her completely relevant into the ’70s. Unfortunately, as time wore on, her importance seemed to dissipate. Nevertheless, her contributions to our music as she wrote and/or sung them in the ’60s and into the ’70s, were vibrant threads of our core. With over 50 years in the world of music, there is much she had to say and sing.

On January 27th, 2016, Joan Baez performed in a show that celebrated her 75th birthday. The show was performed at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. She was joined on the stage by Jackson Brown, David Bromberg, Mary Chapin Carpenter, David Crosby, Judy Collins, Emmy Lou Harris, The Indigo Girls, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Richard Thompson, Damien Rice, and Nano Stern. She performed a set of career-spanning songs.

This show is being captured and delivered as a 2CD/DVD Edition called Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration. Additionally, the show is being released on a single DVD. The two sets are being self-released on her own Joan Baez Records label but distributed by Universal Music Group. Both sets issue on June 10.

Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration – Joan Baez & Friends

01. God is God
02. There But For Fortune
03. Freight Train
04. Blackbird
05. She Moved Through the Fair
06. Catch the Wind
07. Hard Times Come Again No More
08. Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)
09. Seven Curses
10. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
11. Oh Freedom/ Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

01. The Water Is Wide
02. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
03. House of the Rising Sun
04. She Never Could Resist A Winding Road
05. Before The Deluge
06. Diamonds & Rust
07. Gracias a la Vida
08. The Boxer
09. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
10. Forever Young


Poll: Best Female Artists of This Time Worthy Of Remembrance

Florence WelchPoll time again!

We have so many female artists that have legitimately gained our love and respect. A look through the ’60s, we have Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Laura Nyro, Barbra Streisand, while the ’70s plump up with even more.  For the ’70s, there are Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Helen Reddy, Karen Carpenter, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Patti Smith, and a whole bunch more.  The ’80s delivered Kate Bush, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, to name a few. Even the ’90s had a few icons. Those were Toni Childs, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morrissette, Sarah Maclachlan, and a few others. The interesting thing is that the ’90s produced female artists that are not as memorable as the previous decades (for many).

My poll question is this? Which female artists of the current generation, or since 2000, should be remembered as being extraordinary for their time. I have a few.

My list includes Florence Welch, Lykke Li, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), and Amy Winehouse and Adele (for different reasons). If we forego the usual Pop icons ( I have), we can safely eliminate artists like Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, and others of their kind.

So, what are your choices of era 2000- now artists that should be remembered decades from now?

Lykke Li