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Joan Baez - Bowery Songs (2006) Retail CD
I first became a fan of Joan Baez in the heady days of the sixties, when America was wrestling with racism and other social injustices, and opposition to the Vietnam War was mounting. Much has changed since then. Presidents have come and gone, and a wholly different set of challenges has been presented. The war on terror, post 9/11, also involves a very different enemy.
And, of course, Joan Baez has changed too. Most obviously, she's some 40 years older and the flowing, jet black hair has given way to a silvery blue, closer cropped look. But for me, that's about the extent of it. That crystalmore… clear soprano voice is still intact, and her ability to bring a wide range of songs together into a coherent album has not waned.
Bowery Songs, recorded live in New York in November, 2004, has something for every fan. Traditional folk classics such as "Jackaroe" sit comfortably alongside standards like Woody Guthrie's "Deportee" and Dylan's "Farewell Angelina", but there are also more contemporary (and previously unrecorded) gems like Steve Earle's "Jerusalem".
Modern recording techniques no doubt helped in making this live album sound as good as any studio material possibly could, but the main credit for this must go to Joan and her small, but select, group of backing musicians. Their efforts are sensitive to the individual songs, funky in places and reassuringly acoustic in others. The net result means there are no 'fillers' or weak tracks, just an hour plus of top notch entertainment from a singer who can still send shivers down my spine. I've never been fortunate enough to see Joan in concert but, based on this flawless offering, it's something I wouldn't pass up if the chance came along. Superb!
|3||Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)|
|5||Christmas In Washington|
|13||Its All Over Now, Baby Blue|
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