David's Album

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David's Album
Studio album by Joan Baez
Released May 1969
Recorded CBS Studios, Nashville, September 1968
Genre Folk, country
Length 44:41
Label Vanguard
Producer Maynard Solomon
Joan Baez chronology
Any Day Now
(1968)
David's Album
(1969)
(I Live) One Day at a Time
(1970)

David's Album was a 1969 album by Joan Baez, recorded in Nashville. It was Baez' eleventh album to date. It peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

History[edit]

Baez's then husband, David Harris, a country music fan, was about to be imprisoned for draft resistance, and she recorded the album as a gift to him. It was recorded during the same sessions as Baez's previous release of Bob Dylan songs, Any Day Now.[1]

The cover sketch is a drawing of David Harris by Joan Baez.

The Vanguard reissue contains two previously unreleased tracks, "How Can I Miss You", a duet with Baez' sister Mimi Fariña, and Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

In his Allmusic review, music critic Bruce Eder wrote of the album "the singing and playing still hold up. Baez also sets aside some of her occasional stridency here, in favor of a more relaxed performance that shows her in the most engaging manner of her career... David's Album has transcended its origins in part because of the sheer range of material on it... David Harris is long since out of jail, and he and Baez parted, but it's still an excellent album."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "If I Knew" (Nina Dusheck, Pauline Marden)
  2. "Rock Salt and Nails" (Bruce Utah Phillips)
  3. "Glad Bluebird of Happiness" (Darryl Skrabak)
  4. "Green, Green Grass of Home" (Curly Putman)
  5. "Will the Circle be Unbroken" (traditional)
  6. "The Tramp on the Street" (traditional)
  7. "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" (traditional)
  8. "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" (traditional)
  9. "Hickory Wind" (Gram Parsons, Bob Buchanan)
  10. "My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains" (A.P. Carter, Tom Ashley)

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1969 Billboard Pop Albums 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. "David's Album > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 4, 2011.