It's been 43 years since Joan Baez burst on the national music scene with her certified-Gold self-titled debut album. Hers has been one of American folk music's most storied careers - from her stint as the darling of popular music to her teaming up with Bob Dylan, her political activism, and beyond. Anyone developing an interest in modern folk music, as a matter of fact, can hardly do so without delving deeply into Baez's music and career, and consider her influence on the many artists who followed in her footsteps. But, no matter how far her influence has stretched, Baez's incredible voice has yet to be matched.
Whether you're a long-time fan or a curious newcomer, this 1990 release from Vanguard Records pulls together a wonderful, representative collection of Baez's finest recordings from her first decade in the recording industry. There are many Bob Dylan tunes here, Spanish-language ballads, and old-fashioned love songs like "Sweet Sir Gallahad." It's an excellent introduction to her work and a remarkable record of an important decade in the evolution of American folk music. Check out my full review of Joan Baez - The First 10 Years.
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