News on Joan Baez, Rock Boat, LMNT
The third volley in the Joan Baez Original Master Series of reissued albums is due July 9 via Vanguard. This round will feature two albums, 1964's "5," Baez's appropriately titled fifth album and last completely acoustic set, and the following year's "Farewell, Angelina," her first album with instrumental backing. As with the previous reissues, each title has been re-packaged in a deluxe slipcase featuring new artwork, along with an exact replica of the original artwork and liner notes.
For its re-release, "5" is bolstered by early studio versions of "Tramp on the Street" (a later version appeared on 1969's "David's Album") and "Long Black Veil" (a live version appeared on 1963's "In Concert Pt. 2" and a later rendition appeared on the 1968 studio album "Any Day Now"). Likewise, "Farewell" is expanded with unreleased versions of three songs captured during the original recording sessions for the album: "One Too Many Mornings" (a later version of which appears on "Any Day Now"), "Rock, Salt and Nails" (which later showed up on "David's Album"), and "The Water Is Wide" (a live version of which first appeared on the 1983 Vanguard compilation "Very Early Joan Baez").
In all, the Joan Baez Master Series will reissue 14 albums. The first batch in August 2001 featured the artist's 1960 self-titled album, 1961's "Joan Baez Vol. 2," and 1966's "Noel." The series continued in March with the release of "Joan Baez in Concert" and "Joan Baez In Concert Part 2."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.