Joan Baez Play Me Backwards
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- Released: November 25, 2002
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
Rolling Stone - 1/21/93, p.493.5 Stars - Very Good - "...her best record since her 1972 album COME FROM THE SHADOWS...Baez's singing has reached new levels of mature expressiveness. The texture of her voice may have darkened, but its beauty remains untarnished..."
Q - 2/93, p.783 Stars - Good - "...Joan Baez has succeeded against the odds with this album in adapting her straight-laced delivery to a body of songs styled in an elegantly fashionable new country vein..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.843 stars out of 5 -- "They marked Baez' return to Nashville for the first time in 20 years -- and she evidently felt at home there. They present Baez as a less troubled soul, skilfully interpreting others' songs as of old..."
- 1.Play Me Backwards - (with Azzurro)
- 2.Amsterdam - (with Azzurro)
- 3.Isaac & Abraham - (with Azzurro)
- 4.Stones in the Road - (with Azzurro)
- 5.Steal Across the Border - (with Azzurro)
- 6.I'm With You - (with Azzurro)
- 7.I'm With You (1) (Reprise) - (with Azzurro)
- 8.Strange Rivers - (with Azzurro)
- 9.Through Your Hands - (with Azzurro)
- 10.Dream Song - (with Azzurro)
- 11.Edge of Glory - (with Azzurro)
Personnel: Joan Baez (vocals); Kenny Greenberg, Richard Bennett, Jerry Douglas (guitar); Carl Gorodetzky, Pam Sixfin (violin); Kristin Wilkinson (viola); Bob Mason (cello); Wally Wilson, Mike Lawler, Steve Nathan (keyboards); Glen Worf, Edgar Meyer, Willie Weeks (bass); James Stroud, Chad Cromwell (drums); Tom Roady, Marcos Suzano (percussion); Greg Barnhill, Ashley Cleveland, Jonell Mosser, Chris Rodriguez, Cyndi Richardson, Vicki Hampton (background vocals).
Engineers: James A. Ball, Peter Coleman, Greg Parker.
Recorded at Treasure Isle Recorder, Woodland Sound, OMNI Sound, and The Reflections, Nashville, Tennessee.
British import of the Joan Baez 1992 album, this includes tracks penned by Janis Ian and John Hiatt.
Personnel: Joan Baez (vocals, guitar); Kenny Greenberg (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jerry Douglas (guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro); Richard Bennett (electric guitar); Marcos Suzano (berimbau, percussion); Carl Gorodetzky, Pamela Sixfin (violin); Kristin Wilkinson (viola); Bob Mason , Bob Mason (cello); Wally Wilson (piano, synthesizer); Steve Nathan (organ, Wurlitzer organ); Mike Lawler (organ, synthesizer); Edgar Meyer (upright bass); James Stroud, Chad Cromwell (drums); Jerry Roady, Tom Roady (percussion); Chris Rodriguez, Greg Barnhill, Cyndi Richardson, Jonell Mosser, Ashley Cleveland, Vicki Hampton (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Kevin Smith .
Recording information: OMNI Sound; Reflections, Nashville, TN; Treasure Isle Recorders; Woodland Sound, Nashville, TN; Woodland Studio, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Melanie Nissen.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jerry Douglas ; Marcos Suzano.
This 1994 release finds the iconic folk singer in a pop/rock setting. Song such as "Stones in the Road," "I'm With You," and "Edge of Glory" have strong backbeats and electric guitars; "Through Your Hands" even features synthesizers. Conversely, songs such as "Isaac and Abraham" and "Steal Across the Border" hark back to a largely acoustic, folk sound.
On PLAY ME BACKWARDS, Baez's songs are less concerned with political issues of the day, focusing more on personal expression and inner struggle. For instance, on "The Dream Song" she sings, "I had a dream, I was following a barefoot girl...and I thought I woke and my mother was standing there...And my heart broke..." Baez is backed here by a smartly arranged string quintet, a change of pace for the guitar-based singer. A creative and deeply poetic album, PLAY ME BACKWARDS is one of Joan Baez's most compelling later releases.
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