Diamonds & Rust

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Diamonds & Rust
Diamonds & Rust (Joan Baez album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1975
RecordedJanuary 1975 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles; Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles; Cecil and Margouleff; mixed at Sound Labs and Producer's Workshop, Los Angeles[1]
GenreFolk rock, folk jazz
ProducerDavid Kershenbaum and Joan Baez
Joan Baez chronology
Gracias A la Vida
Diamonds & Rust
From Every Stage
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
The Village VoiceC[3]

Diamonds & Rust is a 1975 album by American singer-songwriter Joan Baez. Baez on this album covered songs written or played by Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, The Allman Brothers, and Jackson Browne. Diamonds & Rust, however, also contains a number of her own compositions, including the title track, a distinctive song written about Bob Dylan.[4]

The title track has been widely covered by other artists.

On her cover of Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate", one verse features Baez attempting a good-humoured impersonation of the song's composer.

An alternate recording of "Dida" had appeared on the previous year's Gracias a la Vida. The Diamonds & Rust recording of the song was more uptempo and featured duet vocals by Joni Mitchell.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Diamonds & Rust" (Joan Baez) - 4:47
  2. "Fountain of Sorrow" (Jackson Browne) - 4:30
  3. "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" (Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright) - 2:45
  4. "Children and All That Jazz" (Joan Baez) - 3:07
  5. "Simple Twist of Fate" (Bob Dylan) - 4:44
Side two
  1. "Blue Sky" (Dickey Betts) - 2:46
  2. "Hello in There" (John Prine) - 3:05
  3. "Jesse" (Janis Ian) - 4:28
  4. "Winds of the Old Days" (Joan Baez) - 3:55
  5. "Dida" (Joan Baez) – duet with Joni Mitchell - 3:25
  6. Medley: "I Dream of Jeannie" (Stephen Foster) / "Danny Boy"[5] (Frederick Weatherly) - 4:13


  • Rick Ruggeri – Engineer
  • Henry Lewy – Engineer (10)
  • Ellis Sorkin – Assistant Engineer
  • Bob Cato – Design

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1975–76) Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[6] 28
US Billboard 200[7] 11


  1. ^
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 16, 1975). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Baez, Joan. 1987. And a Voice to Sing With: A Memoir. Century Hutchinson, London. ISBN 0-671-40062-2
  5. ^ An Irish song, on the album cover: Dedicated to my Grandmother, Barbara Bridge
  6. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4083a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  7. ^ "Joan Baez Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.