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Diamonds & Rust

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Editors’ Notes

Baez’s best post-political, post-protest, post-folk album, Diamonds & Rust found the clear-voiced soprano making music for the fun of it — and in the process creating one of the highpoints of a storied career. Setting civil rights and Vietnam aside for the moment, Baez proved both that she could folk-rock in the best 70s manner, and that she was just as gifted at writing her own material as at interpreting others’ work. The album’s centerpiece is the gorgeous title song, a rueful but fond look back at her relationship with Dylan, who sounds well-loved but not necessarily easy to like (“My poetry was lousy, you said”). Arguably Baez’s finest composition ever, it’s coupled with a song forgiving him for abandoning the protest movement (“Winds of the Old Days”) and an actual cover (“A Simple Twist as Fate”), done as thoughtfully as all of Baez’s Dylan covers are, but with a pretty wicked imitation tossed into the mix. She closes with a lovely medley of “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Danny Boy.” Unaccompanied except for piano, that famous voice with its precise phrasing sounds richer, deeper, lovelier than ever: it’s the Baez we thought we knew, just a few years older and more worldly-wise.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic album

This is one of Joan's most successful albums -- both critically and commercially -- and with good reason. For fourteen years she had blended her songcraft almost exclusively with topical issues ranging from civil rights to nuclear fallout to draft resistance and nonviolence, but rarely had she made an album, in her words, "for the sake of making music." The title track, a nostalgic, self-penned masterpiece about her ill-fated romance with Bob Dylan, is stunning, and the album is rounded out by a myriad of exceptional covers (the standout being a gorgeous cover of Janis Ian's "Jesse.") Her cover of Dylan's "Simple Twist Of Fate" marks the first -- but not the last -- time Baez would poke fun at the song's composer. Joan's vocals are crystalline and pure (although relying on lower registers than her soprano of the early '60s.) This is simply one of the best albums of the '70s. Highly recommended.

In the TOP TEN of my lifetime!

Thank God I finally found this on iTunes! It doesn't matter what your age is - anyone will enjoy this album. If you express yourself through music, you must own Diamonds and Rust. It is packed with sincere feelings, love, happiness, some sadness, all lyrics put to great music. I own hundreds of albums, singles, cassettes, CDs, etc. and this one will always be in the TOP TEN of my lifetime and collection (which spans from the 1940's to now. She's one of the greatest songwriters of the past 40+ years! "Buy it. You'll like it!"

Great Album

Great lyrics- unbelievable passion. She is one of the best, every song is well done.


Born: January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The most accomplished interpretive folksinger of the 1960s, Joan Baez has influenced nearly every aspect of popular music in a career still going strong. Baez is possessed of a once-in-a-lifetime soprano, which, since the late '50s, she has put in the service of folk and pop music as well as a variety of political causes. Starting out in Boston, Baez first gained recognition at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, then cut her debut album, Joan Baez (October 1960), for Vanguard Records. It was made up...
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