It was her first "official" compilation, and includes material ranging from her early 1960s traditional folk, through her Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs covers, to her later experiments with classical orchestration and country music. Originally released on vinyl as a two-record set, the 1987 CD reissue consolidated the album onto a single disc, omitting five songs.
The cover photo was taken by rock photographer Jim Marshall. Inside the original gatefold album on the original vinyl release was a photo montage of images from Baez' career.
^Roxane Orgill Shout, Sister, Shout!: Ten Girl Singers who Shaped a Century 2001 0689819919 "Joan Baez—The First Ten Years. Vanguard. Traditional and contemporary folk songs from 1960 to 1970. "
^Avital H. Bloch, Lauri Umansky Impossible to Hold: Women and Culture in the 1960's -0814799108 2005 Page 148 " ... and "Blessed Are," in Joan Baez: Rare, Live and Classic — "Sweet Sir Galahad" in The First Ten Years (Vanguard, 6560/1, ."
^Merold Westphal Suspicion and Faith: The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism 1998 -0823218767 Page 76 "As sung by Joan Baez in "Joan Baez: The First Ten Years," two-record set from Vanguard, VSD 6560/1."
^Colin Larkin The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2011- Page 2006 "COMPILATIONS: The First Ten Years (Vanguard 1970) , The Ballad Book (Vanguard 1972), The Contemporary ... Hits Greatest And Others (Vanguard 1976), The Best Of Joan Baez (A&M 1977) , Spotlight On Joan Baez (Spotlight 1980), "