Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time

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Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time
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ReleasedJune 1968
RecordedVanguard Studios, New York, 1968
Genre Folk
Label Vanguard VSD-79275
Producer Maynard Solomon
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Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time was a 1968 album of poetry spoken and sung by Joan Baez. Composer-conductor Peter Schickele (of P. D. Q. Bach fame) did the orchestration, as he had on Baez's previous albums Noël (1966) and Joan (1967).


The album was released during a time when many folk, pop and rock artists were experimenting with mixing their music with classical orchestration (e.g. The Beatles, Judy Collins, The Rolling Stones.)

Track listing

Side 1

  1. "Old Welsh Song" (Henry Treece)
  2. "I Saw the Vision of Armies" (Walt Whitman)
  3. "Minister of War" (Arthur Waley)
  4. "Song In the Blood" (Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jacques Prévert)
  5. "Casida of the Lament" (J.L. Gili, Federico García Lorca)
  6. "Of the Dark Past" (James Joyce)
  7. "London" (William Blake)
  8. "In Guernica" (Norman Rosten)
  9. "Who Murdered the Minutes" (Henry Treece)
  10. "Oh, Little Child" (Henry Treece)
  11. "No Man Is an Island" (John Donne)

Side 2

  1. "Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man" (James Joyce)
  2. "All the Pretty Little Horses" (Traditional)
  3. "Childhood III" (Arthur Rimbaud, Louis Varese)
  4. "The Magic Wood" (Henry Treece)
  5. "Poems from the Japanese" (Kenneth Rexroth)
  6. "Colours" (Peter Levi, Robin Milner-Gulland, Yevgeny Yevtushenko)
  7. "All in green went my love riding" (E. E. Cummings)
  8. "Gacela of the Dark Death" (Federico García Lorca, Stephen Spender)
  9. "The Parable of the Old Man and the Young" (Wilfred Owen)
  10. "Evil" (N. Cameron, Arthur Rimbaud)
  11. "Epitaph for a Poet" (Countee Cullen)
  12. "Mystic Numbers- 36"
  13. "When The Shy Star Goes Forth In Heaven" (James Joyce)
  14. "The Angel" (William Blake)
  15. "Old Welsh Song" (Henry Treece)


Chart positions

1968Billboard Pop Albums84

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