Any Day Now (Joan Baez album)

Last updated
Any Day Now
Baezanydaynow.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1968
Recorded CBS Studios, Nashville, September 1968
Genre Folk
Length65:28
Label Vanguard VSD-79306/7
Producer Maynard Solomon
Joan Baez chronology
Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time
(1968)
Any Day Now
(1968)
David's Album
(1969)

Any Day Now is a Joan Baez double LP from 1968, made up exclusively of Bob Dylan songs. It peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

Contents

History

At the time of the album's original release, six of the songs had not been included on official Dylan releases. One song, "Love is Just a Four-Letter Word," has apparently never been recorded by Dylan himself. The album was produced during a marathon recording session in Nashville in September 1968, the fruits of which resulted in two albums: Any Day Now, and 1969's David's Album . Baez would return to Nashville to record a number of times during the next several years.

Laying Bob Dylan sheet music on the floor in front of her, Baez closed her eyes and picked at random, the results of which made up the track listing.

Joan Baez did illustrations for each of the songs, included in the gatefold of the album.

The record went gold in 1969.

The Vanguard reissue contains two bonus tracks: "Blowin' In The Wind" and "It Ain't Me Babe," both live performances from Baez' 1967 tour of Japan.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [1]
Rolling Stone (positive) [2]

In his Allmusic review, music critic Thom Jurek wrote of the album "Her empathy for the material, her keen understanding of Dylan's sound world, and her own glorious voice brought another dimension to these 16 songs and, if anything, extended their meanings. There is no greater interpreter of Dylan's music, and while evidence of that certainly was offered on earlier recordings (such as 1967's Joan ), the verdict was solidified here... The bottom line is that Any Day Now, like Joan and David's Album , found Baez at an intensely inspirational and creative peak." [1]

Track listing

All songs written by Bob Dylan, except as noted.

Side 1

  1. "Love Minus Zero/No Limit"
  2. "North Country Blues"
  3. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
  4. "Drifter's Escape"
  5. "I Pity the Poor Immigrant"

Side 2

  1. "Tears of Rage" (Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel)
  2. "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands"

Side 3

  1. "Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word"
  2. "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine"
  3. "Walls of Red Wing"
  4. "Dear Landlord"
  5. "One Too Many Mornings"

Side 4

  1. "I Shall Be Released"
  2. "Boots of Spanish Leather"
  3. "Walkin' Down the Line"
  4. "Restless Farewell"

Personnel

Chart positions

YearChartPosition
1969Billboard Pop Albums30

Related Research Articles

It Aint Me Babe

"It Ain't Me Babe" is a song by Bob Dylan that originally appeared on his fourth album Another Side of Bob Dylan, which was released in 1964 by Columbia Records. According to music critic Oliver Trager, this song, along with others on the album, marked a departure for Dylan as he began to explore the possibilities of language and deeper levels of the human experience. Within a year of its release, the song was picked up as a single by folk rock act the Turtles and country artist Johnny Cash.

Connie Smith

Connie Smith is an American country music singer. Her contralto vocals have been described by music writers as significant and influential to the women of country music. A similarity has been noted between her vocal style and the stylings of country vocalist Patsy Cline. Other performers have cited Smith as influence on their own singing styles, which has been reflected in quotes and interviews over the years.

<i>Joan Baez/5</i> 1964 studio album by Joan Baez

Joan Baez/5 is a 1964 album by American folk singer Joan Baez. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart. The single "There But for Fortune" reached number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and became a top-ten single in the U.K.

<i>From Every Stage</i> 1976 live album by Joan Baez

From Every Stage is a live double album recorded by Joan Baez on tour in the summer of 1975. The first half of the album was acoustic, with Baez accompanying herself on her guitar, while the second half features electric backup. Baez' recording of "Blowin' in the Wind" from this album was later included in the Forrest Gump soundtrack album. The song "Natalya" was dedicated to Russian poet and human rights activist Natalya Gorbanevskaya,

<i>Play Me Backwards</i> 1992 studio album by Joan Baez

Play Me Backwards is a 1992 album by Joan Baez. In addition to her own work, she included songs by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Janis Ian among others. The album marked the first time Baez worked with producers Kenny Greenberg and Wally Wilson, with whom she would continue to work throughout most of the 1990s. Also significant was her recording of the Mary Chapin Carpenter song, "Stones in the Road", for which Baez produced her first ever music video. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.

<i>Davids Album</i> 1969 studio album by Joan Baez

David's Album was a 1969 album by Joan Baez, recorded in Nashville. It was Baez' eleventh album to date. It peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

<i>One Day at a Time</i> (album) 1970 studio album by Joan Baez

One Day at a Time is a 1970 album by Joan Baez. Recorded in Nashville, the album was a continuation of Baez' experimentation with country music, begun with the previous year's David's Album. It is significant in that it was the first to include Baez' own compositions, "Sweet Sir Galahad" and "A Song for David", the former song a ballad for her younger sister Mimi Fariña, and the latter song being for her then husband, David Harris, at the time in prison as a conscientious objector. One Day at a Time also included work by The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and Pete Seeger.

Fred Carter Jr.

Fred F. Carter Jr. was an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.

<i>Chris Young</i> (album) 2006 studio album by Chris Young

Chris Young is the self-titled debut album by American country music artist Chris Young, who in 2006 was a winner on the television singing competition Nashville Star. Released on Arista Nashville in 2006, the album produced two chart singles for Young on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Drinkin' Me Lonely" and "You're Gonna Love Me", which respectively reached No. 42 and No. 48, making this the only album of Young's career not to produce any top 40 hits.

<i>At My Window</i> (album) 1987 studio album by Townes Van Zandt

At My Window is an album released by Folk/country singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt in 1987. This was Van Zandt's first studio album in the nine years that followed 1978's Flyin' Shoes, and his only studio album recorded in the 1980s.

<i>Out of the Ashes</i> (Jessi Colter album) 2006 studio album by Jessi Colter

Out of the Ashes is the 11th studio album by American country artist Jessi Colter, released in 2006 on Shout! Factory Records. It was Colter's first album in 10 years, and her first country music album in 22 years since 1984's Rock and Roll Lullaby. It was also her first release since 1981 to chart on the Top Country Albums chart, where it reached #61. It was the first album by Colter to be released following the death of her husband and country artist, Waylon Jennings. The title of the album, Out of the Ashes, explains the message that she has remained an artist without the help of Jennings.

<i>The Song Remembers When</i> 1993 studio album by Trisha Yearwood

The Song Remembers When is the third studio album by American country music artist, Trisha Yearwood. The album was released October 26, 1993 on MCA Nashville Records and was produced by Garth Fundis. It was Yearwood's third collaboration with Fundis, who also produced her 1992 album, Hearts in Armor which received wide critical acclaim, as well as her platinum-selling eponymous debut. The title track was the album's lead single, becoming a major hit, peaking at #2 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1993.

<i>Treat Him Right</i> 1971 studio album by Barbara Mandrell

Treat Him Right is the debut studio album released by American country artist Barbara Mandrell. The album was released October 4, 1971, on Columbia Records and was produced by Billy Sherrill. It contained a series of singles Mandrell had released between 1969 and 1970 and would be the first of a series of albums recorded at the Columbia label.

<i>Going Where the Lonely Go</i> 1982 studio album by Merle Haggard

Going Where the Lonely Go is the 35th studio album by American recording artist Merle Haggard backed by The Strangers, released in 1982.

<i>Day After Tomorrow</i> (Joan Baez album) 2008 studio album by Joan Baez

Day After Tomorrow is a studio album by American singer and musician Joan Baez, released in 2008, her first one in 5 years. The album features songs written by such composers as Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Patty Griffin, Thea Gilmore and Steve Earle. Steve Earle also produced the album. It was recorded in Nashville between December 2007 and March 2008.

<i>My Love Affair with Trains</i> 1976 studio album by Merle Haggard and The Strangers

My Love Affair with Trains is the 20th studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard and The Strangers, released in 1976. The LP rose to number 7 on the Billboard country albums chart.

<i>Aint Living Long Like This</i> 1978 studio album by Rodney Crowell

Ain't Living Long Like This is the debut studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, released in 1978 by Warner Bros. Records. It failed to enter the Top Country Albums chart. The songs, "Elvira", "Baby Better Start Turnin' 'Em Down" and "(Now and Then, There's) A Fool Such as I" were released as singles but they all failed to chart within the top 40. Despite this, Ain't Living Long Like This is considered one Crowell's best and most influential albums. Brett Hartenbach of Allmusic says it "not only showcases his songwriting prowess, but also his ability to deliver a song, whether it's one of his own or the work of another writer". Most of the songs on this album were later covered by other artists including The Oak Ridge Boys and Alan Jackson. When the album was re-released in 2002 the font on the cover was enlarged to make it more legible.

I Threw It All Away

"I Threw It All Away" is a song by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. The track appeared on Dylan's album Nashville Skyline in 1969, and was released as its first single later that year, where it reached number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 30 on the UK Singles Chart. It is considered to be one of the best and most popular songs on the album.

<i>Close Harmony</i> (album) 1992 box set by The Louvin Brothers

Close Harmony is a box set of The Louvin Brothers recordings. It is an eight-CD box set and was released in 1992.

<i>The Pressure Is On</i> 1981 studio album by Hank Williams, Jr.

The Pressure Is On is the thirty-third studio album by American country music artist Hank Williams, Jr.. It was released by Elektra/Curb Records in August 1981 and was Williams' seventh studio album on the Elektra/Curb label.

References

  1. 1 2 Jurek, Thom. "Any Day Now > Review". Allmusic . Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  2. Grissim Jr., John (19 April 1969). "Records". Rolling Stone . San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.