PE0029. JOAN BAEZ, w.Peter Schickele Cond.: Noel. Vanguard 79596, recorded 1966. [The recording sessions for Joan’s Vanguard albums usually included more songs than an LP could hold - and so this reissue adds six unissued performances (including 'We Three Kings'; 'The First Noel'; 'Virgin Mary', and more) to the original 1966 LP, plus added verses on 'Away in a Manger'] Final Sealed Copy! - 015707959629
“Doyenne of the 60s folk scene with a superb selection of Christmas songs from the French, English, Catalan, German and Welsh traditions - a world festivity. Working with arranger-conductor Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach), Baez, for the first time, recorded an album outside the standard guitar-based folk format. She worked with Schickele on her next two albums, both of which also featured classical orchestration.
Unlike holiday albums by many other popular artists, Baez included mostly traditional material, avoiding more lighthearted or commercial fare in favor of a somber, understated tone. She included both familiar (‘The Little Drummer Boy’) and more obscure (‘Down in Yon Forest’) material. The album also contains several brief instrumental selections arranged by Schickele.
Baez dedicated ‘The Carol of the Birds’ to Pablo Casals.”
- Z. D. Akron