One Day at a Time (album)

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One Day at a Time
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1970
RecordedBradley's Barn, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, October 1969
GenreCountry Folk
LabelVanguard VSD-79310
ProducerMaynard Solomon
Joan Baez chronology
David's Album
One Day at a Time
The First 10 Years
Singles from One Day at a Time
  1. "Sweet Sir Galahad"
    Released: October 1969

One Day at a Time is a 1970 album by Joan Baez. Recorded in Nashville, the album was a continuation of Baez' experimentation with country music, begun with the previous year's David's Album. It is significant in that it was the first to include Baez' own compositions, "Sweet Sir Galahad" and "A Song for David", the former song a ballad for her younger sister Mimi Fariña, and the latter song being for her then husband, David Harris, at the time in prison as a conscientious objector. One Day at a Time also included work by The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and Pete Seeger.

The album contains three of the songs Baez had performed at Woodstock four months earlier: "I Live One Day At A Time","Joe Hill" and "Sweet Sir Galahad".

The Vanguard reissue contains two outtakes from the One Day at a Time sessions: "Sing Me Back Home" and "Mama Tried", both duets with Jeffrey Shurtleff, and both Merle Haggard covers. (The two cuts had first appeared on Baez' 1993 boxed set Rare, Live & Classic). (The recording of "Mama Tried" includes an initial aborted take, interrupted when session guitarist Jerry Reed's finger becomes stuck between his guitar strings, followed by laughter by all present at Reed's mishap; the musicians and Baez then regain composure and perform a second take of the song.)

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sweet Sir Galahad" (Joan Baez) – 3:43
  2. "No Expectations" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:47
  3. "Long Black Veil" (Marijohn Wilkin, Danny Dill) – 3:24
  4. "Ghetto" (Homer Banks, Bonnie Bramlett, Bettye Crutcher) – 4:33
  5. "Carry It On" (Pete Seeger, Gil Turner) – 2:22
  6. "Take Me Back to the Sweet Sunny South" (Traditional) (Duet with Jeffrey Shurtleff) – 2:47
  7. "Seven Bridges Road" (Steve Young) (Duet with Shurtleff) – 3:42
  8. "Jolie Blonde" (Traditional) – 2:00
  9. "Joe Hill" (Alfred Hayes, Earl Robinson) – 3:25
  10. "A Song for David" (Baez) – 4:57
  11. "(I Live) One Day at a Time" (Willie Nelson) (Duet with Shurtleff) – 3:31

Reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Mama Tried" (Merle Haggard) (Duet with Shurtleff) - 3:13
  2. "Sing Me Back Home" (Merle Haggard) (Duet with Shurtleff) - 2:53



Chart (1971) Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[1] 35
US Billboard 200[2] 80