I love the title. Other songs that owe their inclusion to Joan Baez's
definitive renditions, songs you would never otherwise have heard of,
include "Battle Hymn of The Republic" (bet you'd never heard of that before
Joan did it), "Let It Be" (by obscure British songwriters Lennon and
McCartney) and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," "Don't Think Twice It's All
Right" and "Farewell Angelina" by an American songwriter, Bob Dylan. Bet you've
never heard the originals of these either. But we all know Joan's versions.
As the sleeve notes inform us, "This selection of numbers made famous by
Joan has been recorded by Judy Nash as a genuine tribute to an artist of
international calibre and importance, and not as a mere imitation. Both
girls represent the true voice of concern and committment in the troubled
and uneasy world of today" (Nigel Hunter)
I paid 50p for this in a charity shop, and I have to say the vinyl looks
mint. Unplayed probably.
Nash turns in a... well, "bouncy" version of Dixie, and it's a bit like
Chinese Whispers because not only does she follow Joan Baez's errors ("so much cavalry")
with the lyrics, but adds a good few of her own. I thought some of her improvements especially inspired, like "I miss my wife in Tennessee" and replacing "Richmond it fell" with "Richmond la belle" giving it a Gallic twist.