The opening line of Baez's memoir And a Voice to Sing With is "I was born gifted" (referencing her singing voice, which she explained was given to her, and for which she can take no credit). A friend of Joan's father gave her a ukulele. She learned four chords, which enabled her to play rhythm and blues, the music she was listening to at the time. Her parents, however, were fearful that the music would lead her into a life of drug addiction. When Baez was 13, her aunt and her aunt's boyfriend took her to a concert by folk musician Pete Seeger, and Baez found herself strongly moved by his music. She soon began practicing the songs of his repertoire and performing them publicly. A few years later in 1957, Baez bought her first Gibson acoustic guitar.
Any Day Now, Vanguard VSD-79306/7
Any Day Now was a Joan Baez double LP from 1968, made up exclusively of Bob Dylan songs. At the time of the album's original release, six of the songs had not been included on official Dylan releases. One song, "Love is Just a Four-Letter Word," has apparently never been recorded by Dylan himself. The album was produced during a marathon recording session in Nashville in September 1968, the fruits of which resulted in two albums: Any Day Now, and 1969's David's Album.
Laying Bob Dylan sheet music on the floor in front of her, Baez closed her eyes and picked at random, the results of which made up the track listing. Joan did illustrations for each of the songs, included in the gatefold of the album.
- Love Minus Zero / No Limit
- North Country Blues
- You Ain't Goin’ Nowhere
- Drifter’s Escape
- I Pity The Poor Immigrant
- Tears of Rage
- Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
- Love is Just a Four-Letter Word
- I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
- The Walls of Redwing
- Dear Landlord
- One Too Many Mornings
- I Shall Be Released
- Boots of Spanish Leather
- Walkin’ Down the Line
- Restless Farewell
Original release date: December 1968
Produced by Maynard Solomon
Associate Producer: Jack Lothrop
Engineer: Selby Cofeen
Cover Design and Illustrations by Joan Baez / Steak and Biscuits by Ireland's Restaurant
The Musicians: Grady Martin, Ken Buttrey, Norbert Putnam, Junior Huskey, Hargus Robbins, Pete Drake, Hal Rugg, Pete Wade, Tommy Jackson, Buddy Spicher, Harold Bradley, Jerry Reed, Jerry Kennedy, Steve Stills, Bill Purcell, David Briggs, Fred Carter, John Gimble. Led by Grady Martin (who appears through the courtesy of Decca Records, a division of MCA). Inc.
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