Blessed Are...

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Blessed Are...
Studio album by
Joan Baez
ReleasedJuly 1971
Recorded Quadrafonic Sound Studios Nashville, Tennessee, USA 1971
Genre Folk, Country Folk, Folk Rock
Label Vanguard VSD-6570/1
Producer Norbert Putnam
Joan Baez chronology
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Blessed Are...
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Blessed Are... is a 1971 album by Joan Baez, and her last with Vanguard Records. It included her hit cover of The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and songs by Kris Kristofferson, the Beatles, Jesse Winchester and The Rolling Stones, as well as a significant number of Baez' own compositions. Like its immediate predecessors, the album was recorded in Nashville, and had a decidedly country feel.


The original vinyl version was released as a double album, which also included a bonus 7" 3313 rpm record which included the songs "Maria Dolores" and Woody Guthrie's "Deportee", which she dedicated to the farmers of the world, adding, "May they soon cease to be victims." On CD pressings, these two tracks are on a separate disc, as the Red Book standards prohibit fitting them on a single, 80-minute disc.

It would be Baez' final studio album for Vanguard, her label of the previous eleven years, as she was to sign with A&M in early 1972.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Joan Baez; except where indicated

Side 1

  1. "Blessed Are..." – 3:03
  2. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (Robbie Robertson) – 3:26
  3. "Salt of the Earth" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:22
  4. "Three Horses" – 7:03
  5. "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz" (Jesse Winchester) – 3:07

Side 2

  1. "Last, Lonely and Wretched" – 3:42
  2. "Lincoln Freed Me Today (The Slave)" (David Patton) – 3:21
  3. "Outside the Nashville City Limits" – 3:20
  4. "San Francisco Mabel Joy" (Mickey Newbury) – 4:23
  5. "When Time Is Stolen" – 2:58

Side 3

  1. "Heaven Help Us All" (Ronald Miller) – 3:32
  2. "Angeline" (Mickey Newbury) – 3:37
  3. "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (Kris Kristofferson) – 2:58
  4. "Let It Be" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:48
  5. "Put Your Hand in the Hand" (Gene MacLellan) – 3:20

Side 4

  1. "Gabriel and Me" – 3:27
  2. "Milanese Waltz/Marie Flore" – 5:55
  3. "The Hitchhikers' Song" – 4:19
  4. "The 33rd of August" (Mickey Newbury) – 3:42
  5. "Fifteen Months" – 4:30

Bonus 7"

  1. "Maria Dolores" (F. Garcia, J. Morillo) (track on bonus 7") – 3:25
  2. "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)" (Woody Guthrie, Martin Hoffman) (track on bonus 7") – 5:15
  3. "Warm and Tender Love" (2005 bonus track) – 4:06


Chart positions

Chart (1971)Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs ( RPM ) [1] 12
US Billboard 200 [2] 11
  1. "Top RPM Albums: Issue 7518". RPM . Library and Archives Canada.
  2. "Joan Baez Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.

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