Joan Baez – Recently (1987) [Analogue Productions 2016]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:17 minutes | Scans included | 1,72 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 938 MB
Joan Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist, whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. “Recently” was her first album of new material issued in the US in eight years. As she had done during the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin and Richard Farina, among others, Baez lent her voice to many of the songwriters of the day, in this case Mark Knopfler, U2, Peter Gabriel, and Johnny Clegg and found herself straddling a line between attempting to further connect with young audiences, while reintroducing herself to her established listeners, after such a long absence.
A 30th anniversary reissue, this set from 1987 was recorded after an eight-year hiatus. As typical of her career, it reminds us of Baez’s impeccable taste in material. While she wrote two tracks and one is a traditional folk anthem, the rest includes sincere renditions of Dan Penn’s magnificent “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”, U2’s “MLK”, Dire Straits’ “Brothers In Arms” and Jimmy Webb’s “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress”. Backed by ace musicians including Caleb Quaye and Abe Laboriel, Baez was doing what she always did: preaching and protesting and guilt-tripping the audience. If you can swallow the right-on politics, musically this is pure class.
01. Brothers In Arms
04. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
05. James And The Gang
06. Let Us Break Bread Together – Oh Freedom
08. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog tapes.