USA, 1961, contemporary folk
Joan Baez – Joan Baez, Vol. 2: A powerful a Capella opening about the confined, slave-like lives of women. There’s poetry and passion in these old folk ballads, and Baez’s voice evokes perfectly the immediacy of the themes of love and death. The highlights are “Lily of the West” and “The Cherry-Tree Carol”, both traditional folk songs, the former an Irish tune, the latter a Child Ballad that has a history going back to the 1400s. Again, Baez, along with a handful of other folk artists, has contributed to keeping alive something of our musical heritage.