The Band

American Civil warTo vary things a little, today I’ll post a song not from a band, but from the “The Band“.

Initially a support group of several singers, especially Bob Dylan, they eventually became a band and came out with that name precisely for being “the band” of several frontmen.

I got to know this song I’m posting – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – from Joan Baez, and although I have been addicted to her version for a while, and although it was the most successful version, and although I am a fairly good fan of Joan Baez, I think the best version of the song is a live version from “The Band“.

I’ll leave you here both the original and Joan’s cover, but first the first place goes to the version below 😉

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREUrbGGrgM]
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Folk’s passions

I must bring back folk to this blog once more!

A couple of years ago, I found (probably through Bob Dylan) one of the most beautiful voices I have ever known – Joan Baez.

Joan is a folk singer who started her career in 1960, being active until today. Despite the modest success of her first recording, her next 3 recordings went gold, which lead Joan to become a widely known star with great success in the 60’s  – maybe reaching a peak in her career with the participation in the Woodstock Festival.

She recorded many popular songs, as well as covers from other musicians – Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, as well as many others -, many of them with political lyrics.

Diamonds and Rust Dylan and Baez romanceHowever, and this of course is just my opinion, her best performance is in a song composed by herself, not related to politics at all! This song, released in 1975, was inspired in a romance that Baez and Dylan – who at the time was more interested in Baez sister – had many years before. Things did not turn out great in their relationship and it didn’ t last long. In musical terms, I am glad this happened, as otherwise we would probably not have the song I bring you today – Diamonds and Rust.

Note: If you don’t like this version, see the links below. Whoever sings it, this song is too great to be missed!

If you were one of the those who cannot really stand Baez voice, listen to Judas Priest or to Blackmore’s Night versions, also quite good ones 😉