In 1971 Joan Baez parted ways with Vanguard Records, the label she had been signed with since the beginning of her career. Her last release with them was a sprawling double album, Blessed Are. It was produced in Nashville by Norbert Putman, and like her last couple had very strong country leanings. It was notable for featuring a high number of original songs, as she was beginning to develop as a songwriter and no longer rely on the work of others. Nevertheless it still had a large number of cover songs, numbers by Mickey Newbury, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller, Jesse Winchester, The Band and both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
It turned out to be a very successful album, as it generated a surprise hit single - her cover of The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" went all the way to #3 on the singles chart. Subsequently the album went Gold.
One Day At A Time (1970) <|> Come From The Shadows (1972)
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