David's Album

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David's Album
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1969
RecordedCBS Studios, Nashville, September 1968
Genre Folk, country
Label Vanguard VSD-79308
Producer Maynard Solomon
Joan Baez chronology
Any Day Now
David's Album
One Day at a Time

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.



Baez's then husband, David Harris, a country music fan, was about to be imprisoned for draft resistance, and she recorded the album as a gift to him. It was recorded during the same sessions as Baez's previous release of Bob Dylan songs, Any Day Now. [1]

The cover sketch is a drawing of David Harris by Joan Baez.

The Vanguard reissue contains two previously unreleased tracks, "How Can I Miss You", a duet with Baez' sister Mimi Fariña, and Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind."


Professional ratings
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In his Allmusic review, music critic Bruce Eder wrote of the album "the singing and playing still hold up. Baez also sets aside some of her occasional stridency here, in favor of a more relaxed performance that shows her in the most engaging manner of her career... David's Album has transcended its origins in part because of the sheer range of material on it... David Harris is long since out of jail, and he and Baez parted, but it's still an excellent album." [1]

Track listing

  1. "If I Knew" (Nina Dusheck, Pauline Marden)
  2. "Rock Salt and Nails" (Bruce Utah Phillips)
  3. "Glad Bluebird of Happiness" (Darryl Skrabak)
  4. "Green, Green Grass of Home" (Curly Putman)
  5. "Will the Circle be Unbroken" (Charles H. Gabriel, Ada R. Habershon)
  6. "The Tramp on the Street" (Traditional)
  7. "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" (Traditional)
  8. "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" (Traditional)
  9. "Hickory Wind" (Gram Parsons, Bob Buchanan)
  10. "My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains" (A.P. Carter, Tom Ashley)
  11. "How Can I Miss You" (bonus track) (Dan Hicks)
  12. "The Last Thing on My Mind" (bonus track) (Tom Paxton)


Chart positions

Chart (1969)Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs ( RPM ) [2] 33
US Billboard 200 [3] 36

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  1. 1 2 3 Eder, Bruce. "David's Album > Review". Allmusic . Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  2. "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6061". RPM . Library and Archives Canada.
  3. "Joan Baez Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.