- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: November 16, 1993
- Label: Vanguard Records
Rolling Stone - 2/10/94, p.435 Stars
- Classic - "...RARE, LIVE AND CLASSIC is that rarest of retrospectives: a coherent overview of a restless talent...."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/3/93, p.72
"...the model of a well-constructed box....The nobility of her voice is apparent whether she's singing songs by Dylan or odes to wayward sailors and Joe Hill....Dylan collectors should check out the three previously unavaiable duets with the bard..."
- Rating: B-
New York Times (Publisher) - 11/28/93
"...Ms. Baez's effect on three decades of audiences remains heartwarming..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Scarlet Ribbons
- 2.Jimmy Brown - (previously unreleased)
- 3.Careless Love - (previously unreleased)
- 4.Auctioneer - (previously unreleased)
- 5.Black Is the Color
- 6.John Hardy - (previously unreleased)
- 7.We Are Crossing Jordan River
- 8.John Riley
- 9.Silver Dagger
- 10.House of the Rising Sun
- 11.Low Down Chariot - (previously unreleased)
- 12.Wagoner's Lad
- 13.Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
- 15.What Have They Done to the Rain
- 16.Troubled and I Don't Know Why - (previously unreleased)
- 17.With God on Our Side
- 18.We Shall Overcome
- 19.Go 'Way From My Window
- 20.Mama, You Been on My Mind - (previously unreleased)
- 21.There But For Fortune
- 23.The River in the Pines
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Pack up Your Sorrows
- 2.The Swallow Song
- 3.Legend of a Girl Child Linda - (previously unreleased)
- 4.Children of Darkness
- 5.Catch the Wind - (previously unreleased)
- 6.I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
- 7.Sweet Sir Galahad
- 8.Donna Donna - (previously unreleased)
- 9.Long Black Veil
- 10.Mama Tried - (previously unreleased)
- 11.Sing Me Back Home - (previously unreleased)
- 12.Joe Hill
- 13.The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
- 14.Blessed Are...
- 15.Hello in There
- 16.Love Song to a Stranger
- 17.In the Quiet Morning (For Janis Joplin)
- 18.Angel Band
- 19.Johnny, I Hardly Knew Yeh
- 20.Gracias a la Vida
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.Diamonds & Rust
- 2.Children and All That Jazz
- 3.Blowin' in the Wind - (previously unreleased)
- 4.Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
- 5.Jesse - (previously unreleased)
- 6.Honest Lullaby
- 7.Jackaroe - (previously unreleased)
- 8.Marriott U.S.A. - (previously unreleased)
- 9.Amazing Grace - (previously unreleased)
- 10.Forever Young - (previously unreleased)
- 11.Farewell, Angelina - (previously unreleased)
- 12.Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall, A - (previously unreleased)
- 13.Here's to You - (previously unreleased)
- 14.Blues Improv
- 15.Ring Them Bells - (previously unreleased)
- 16.El Preso Numero Nueve
- 17.Speaking of Dreams
Personnel includes: Joan Baez (vocals, guitar); Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Odetta, Judy Collins, Jerry Garcia, Jim McPherson, Jeffrey Shurtleff, Donovan, Bob Gibson.
Available on 3 CDs or 4 cassettes.
Personnel: Joan Baez (vocals, guitar); Eric Von Schmidt, Jeffrey Shurtleff, Judy Collins, Kris Kristofferson, Mimi Fari¤a, Odetta, Bill Wood, Bob Dylan, Bob Gibson (vocals); Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (guitar); Jim McPherson (piano, organ, drums); Mickey Hart (drums).
Audio Mixer: Captain Jeff Zaraya.
Liner Note Author: Anthony DeCurtis.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Donovan; Eric Von Schmidt; Jeffrey Shurtleff; Jerry Garcia; Judy Collins; Kris Kristofferson; Mickey Hart; Mimi Fari¤a; Odetta; Joan Baez; Bob Dylan; Bob Gibson; Bob Weir.
Arrangers: Jerry Garcia; Mickey Hart.
Spanning three discs, the box set Rare, Live & Classic is an odd mix of Joan Baez's best-known songs and rarities. For the hardcore collector, there are plenty of interesting items here, including previously unreleased duets with Bob Dylan, Donovan, Bill Wood, and Jeffrey Shurtleff, but for the casual fan, there's too much material; they would be better off with her original albums or single-disc compilations. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine