Joan Baez

The Best of Joan Baez [Squire]

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In the late 1950s, prior to signing with Vanguard, Baez recorded this album in a basement, sometimes performing with Bill Wood and Ted Alevizos. It wasn't wholly Baez's album, as only six of the 13 tracks were her solo performances. On two she performed with Bill Wood, and on one she performed with Wood and Alevizos; two of the tracks were Wood solo, and two Alevizos solo. Baez was already handling traditional material such as "Black Is the Color," and her voice was a little less strident than it would be when she rose to national visibility. It's a basic recording that is primarily of historical interest, although, as those things go, it has definite value. This was originally issued on Veritas, and, in 1963, reissued by Squire Records as The Best of Joan Baez, although it was withdrawn after it had made the Top 50, when Baez took legal action against it.

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