Joan Baez Download
Jul 26, 1968Newport Folk Festival (Newport, RI)
Joan Baez Download
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Total Length:
38:56
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Joan Baez Download

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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Introduction01:16
  2. 2Carry It On04:35
  3. 3Gentle On My Mind03:14
  4. 4Song Introduction00:36
  5. 5Maria Dolores03:29
  6. 6Prison Story / Song Introduction04:32
  7. 7Swing Low Sweet Chariot03:59
  8. 8Song Introduction00:36
  9. 9Legend In My Time02:10
  10. 10Morning, Morning05:28
  11. 11Suzanne05:07
  12. 12We Want Our Freedom Now03:54
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Item Number:
  • 20020409-3385-AD
Date:
  • Jul 26, 1968
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Introduction01:16
  2. 2Carry It On04:35
  3. 3Gentle On My Mind03:14
  4. 4Song Introduction00:36
  5. 5Maria Dolores03:29
  6. 6Prison Story / Song Introduction04:32
  7. 7Swing Low Sweet Chariot03:59
  8. 8Song Introduction00:36
  9. 9Legend In My Time02:10
  10. 10Morning, Morning05:28
  11. 11Suzanne05:07
  12. 12We Want Our Freedom Now03:54
Total Length:
38:56
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Joan Baez - guitar, vocals; guest: Mimi Fariña - guitar, vocals on tracks 10 & 11

In 1968, Joan Baez returned to Newport, as she would in years before and since, to deliver a breathtaking set built around her voice and acoustic guitar. The times had indeed a'changed by that tumultuous year in US history, not only for Baez but for all involved with folk music. Richie Havens, Tim Buckley, and Fred Neil were the folk world's stars that straddled both folk and rock's lines but Baez largely stayed on the side of folk even three years after Dylan's historic electric appearance at Newport. Eventually she would make her own foray into rock 'n' roll with Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue in the '70s, but as the '60s ended, Baez was still rocking the house (so to speak) with a combination of her vibrato and pointed commentary that rarely failed to get a reaction.

As active in the anti-war and anti-violence movement as ever, Baez had just come off a period of making some highly produced classically orchestrated records with Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach). But in this performance Baez is back in her natural habitat, picking her way through the anti-injustice anthem, "Carry It On," the apolitical "Gentle on My Mind," and a fairly gritty "prison story" preceding the traditional spiritual, "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." Perhaps the highlight of the set is her compassionate version of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," with a slight variation on the melody and picking pattern made famous by Judy Collins a few years prior. On this and the previous song, Baez is joined by her sister, Mimi Fariña, who adds some tasteful harmonies and guitar picking.

Later that year Baez would marry anti-war activist David Harris and turn her attention largely to the anti-war effort, but in the summer of '68, she was still strongly delivering the messages of Freedom Summer, closing her set with ever-popular slogan, "Freedom Now."

Photographed by Elliott Landy roaming the folk grounds in her short shorts by day, while dressing elegantly in black at night, Baez could easily be mistaken for one of today's indie-folk strummers. But whatever her look, Queen Joan's golden voice is the thing that forever grants her the status of an icon. "Carry It On!"

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