It’s almost an understatement to call this the album(s) of the week, as it’s probably my favourite album all around. I never get tired of Baez’s voice, and the simplicity of her using just a single guitar. There is a song for every mood, from folk to contemporary. Decades after they were released, theys still pack an emotional and political punch. It’s difficult not to be inspired by her renditions of protests songs like “What Have They Done to the Rain”, or moved to tears by beautiful traditional ballads like “Matty Groves” (my favourite track, unfortunately unavailable on youtube).
In place of Matty Groves, here is my second favourite off the double album, “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You“. Led Zeppelin’s version may be more famous, but it can’t hold a candle to Baez’s.