Whistle Down The Wind

Joan Baez

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Folk, Singer Songwriter
Proper Records
March 2, 2018

Format: Compact Disc



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Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez' brand new album Whistle Down The Wind . Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, Whistle Down The Wind gathers material by some of Baez's favourite composers.

Whistle Down The Wind is Joan's first new studio album in a decade, since 2008's critically acclaimed, Grammy®-nominated Day After Tomorrow, which was produced by Steve Earle. Its release ignited an extraordinary decade of achievement by Joan, including: the PBS American Masters series premiere of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound (2009), which underscored the 50th anniversary of Joan's debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. Joan's seminal debut album of 1960 was honoured by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in 2011, which inducted it into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame; and subsequently by the Library of Congress in 2015, which selected it to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. That same year, Amnesty International bestowed its highest honour on Joan, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights and she was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2017.

Joan Baez remains a musical force of nature of incalculable influence. She marched on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, inspired Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war, and stood with old friend Nelson Mandela in London's Hyde Park as the world celebrated his 90th birthday. Joan's earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963. Thus began a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues on Whistle Down The Wind, and which will reverberate long into the future across Joan's lifetime of recordings.

Press Quotes

"Baez's perfectly weighted performance is deeply moving" "Baez has crafted one of her finest albums, a sensitive, lilting colection of songs that reflect the tumultuous present while keeping an eye on the past"

Uncut (8/10)

"This curated collection of songs is perfect for her burnished voice and eternal activist commitment"

Rolling Stone (4*)

"(Whistle Down The Wind) is carefully wrought and cohesive, the songs new yet linked inextricably to what's gone before. Timeless, more a closing of a circle than a linear signing-off."

The Arts Desk (5*)

"Joan Baez still has a voice and she knows how to use it."

MOJO (3*)

"a concise, varied and totally engaging listen that invites repeated visits"

Folk Radio

"she still has the ability to surprise with her choice of songs and, more importantly the way she delivers the words on a silver platter is astonishing after all of this time."

Rocking Magpie

"The years have added grain and intimacy to Baez's magisterial voice, especially on songs centred on retrospection, regret and mortality."

The Observer / Guardian (4*)

"Joan Baez's first studio set in years really is special" Sunday Times

Sunday Times (Folk / Pop Album of the Week)

"Her voice has mellowed but it remains a wonderfully expressive instrument, filled with integrity and passion."

The Sun (4*)

"Baez is still an authoritative performer, with pedal steel guitar and mandolin adding country spice to her tuneful folk-pop."

The Daily Mail (3*)

"On her first album in a decade, the folk great takes a hard look at the state of the world and tries to muster something like hope."

Pichfork (7.4/10)

"There is a tender authority to Whistle Down the Wind"

The Scotsman (4*)


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Key Value
Catalogue number PRPCD146
Barcode 0805520031462
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 82g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Whistle Down The Wind 04:50
2. Be of Good Heart 04:03
3. Another World 02:58
4. Civil War 04:23
5. The Things That We Are Made Of 05:10
6. The President Sang Amazing Grace 03:20
7. Last Leaf 03:05
8. Silver Blade 03:55
9. The Great Correction 03:44
10. I Wish The Wars Were All Over 03:36