Gone from Danger [Collector's Edition]

Gone from Danger [Collector's Edition]

by Joan BaezJoan Baez


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Although it might appear that Joan Baez has had an uphill struggle in her career as an interpretive singer in a popular music field dominated by singer/songwriters, in fact she has kept her music fresh over the years by seeking out successive generations of upcoming writers and championing their work. In the 1960s, that might have meant Bob Dylan and Richard Fariña, for instance, but 30 years later she is still finding new work by young artists and popularizing it, even if they also perform the songs themselves. On her 1997 album, Gone from Danger, those songwriters are Dar Williams, Sinéad Lohan, and Richard Shindell, each of whom contributes multiple songs, as well as Betty Elders and Mark Addison. They provide her with a host of new social issues to tackle as well, among them pedophilia (Elders' heartbreaking "Crack in the Mirror") and immigration (Shindell's caustic "Fishing"). As usual, she proves herself a superior interpreter, intelligently presenting the complex, mature concerns of the songwriters, whether the subjects have political or emotional resonance (or both). She is aided by producers Wally Wilson and Kenny Greenberg, who have constructed contemporary folk-rock arrangements using A-list musicians from the New Acoustic and newgrass fields, placing the music firmly in the '90s Americana style, which is not so far from Baez's mid-'60s music. This may be the umpteenth album by a performer whose career is nearing the 40-year mark, but it sounds as up to date as a disc by any contemporary artist of the day. [The Collectors Edition of Gone from Danger released in 2009 adds a second disc containing live performances of many of the album's songs on which Baez is often joined by the songwriters; it makes for a useful gloss on the original studio recordings. The degree of participation by the other singers varies, with Sinéad Lohan providing both extremes. She is barely audible when given a chance to pitch in a few lines on "No Mermaid," but takes the lead on "Who Do You Think I Am" to the extent that Baez is reduced to being a background singer. Lohan also gets the lion's share of the disc closer, Bob Dylan's "To Ramona," although Baez can be credited as a harmony singer this time. (After its initial release in 1997, Gone from Danger was reissued by Castle in the U.K., for instance, with a second CD containing two bonus live tracks. Oddly enough, those tracks, a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Dangling Conversation" and Betty Elders' "Long Bed from Kenya" recorded at the 1997 Newport Folk Festival, are not included on this Collectors Edition, although a different recording of "Long Bed from Kenya," made two days later at Mountain Stage, is.)]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
Label: Razor & Tie
UPC: 0793018302722
catalogNumber: 83027
Rank: 127096

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Baez   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Shindell   Guitar,Vocals
Matt Rollings   Organ,Piano
Eric Darken   Percussion
Richard Rodney Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Bazouki
Betty Elders   Guitar,Vocals
Dar Williams   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar
Steve Conn   Accordion
Chad Cromwell   Percussion,Drums
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Gene Elders   Fiddle
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jim Hoke   Saxophone
Marabeth Jordan   Background Vocals
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Sharon Rice   Background Vocals
Joe Spivey   Fiddle,Mandolin
Willie Weeks   Bass
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Carol Steele   Percussion,Vocals
Sinéad Lohan   Guitar,Vocals
Tim Lauer   Harmonium
Sam Wilson   Vocals,Laughs
Allison Moorer   Background Vocals
Dennis Bernside   Piano,Wurlitzer
Ellie Wilson   Vocals,Laughs
Wally Wilson   Percussion,Piano
Timothy J. Lauer   Keyboards
Timothy Lauer   Keyboards
Jim Collins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joan Baez   Composer
Richard Shindell   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Graham Lewis   Engineer
Larry Groce   Producer,Audio Production,Artistic Director
Betty Elders   Composer
Dar Williams   Composer
Mark Addison   Composer
Francis Fisher   Engineer
Kenny Greenberg   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Sharon Rice   Composer
Andy Ridenour   Executive Producer
Mark Spector   Executive Producer
Sinéad Lohan   Composer
Dan Rudin   Engineer
Arthur Levy   Liner Notes
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Don Wafer   Producer,Stage Manager
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer
Wally Wilson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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