1975 Joan Baez – Diamonds & Rust

Diamonds & Rust is a 1975 album by Joan Baez. Baez is often regarded as an interpreter of other people’s work, and on this album she covered songs written or played by Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, The Allman Brothers, and Jackson Browne. But Diamonds & Rust also contained a number of her own compositions, including the acclaimed title track, a distinctive song written about Bob Dylan.

The title track was covered by British heavy metal band Judas Priest on their 1977 album Sin After Sin, and has since been one of their staples in live performance. American folk duo The Smith Sisters featured the song on their 1986 album Mockingbird. Anglo-American Renaissance rock band Blackmore’s Night covered the song on their 2003 album Ghost of a Rose. Finnish power metal band Thunderstone covered the song on their 2004 album The Burning.

On her cover of Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate”, one verse features Baez attempting a good-humoured impersonation of the song’s composer.

An alternate recording of “Dida” had appeared on the previous year’s Gracias A la Vida. The Diamonds & Rust recording of the song was more uptempo and featured duet vocals by Joni Mitchell.

Tracks

Diamonds And Rust(Joan Baez) 4:30
2  Fountain Of Sorrow (Jackson Browne) 4:16
3  Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer (Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright) 2:36
4  Children And All That Jazz (Joan Baez) 2:58
5  Simple Twist Of Fate (Bob Dylan) 4:30
Blue Sky(Dickey Betts) 2:37
7  Hello In There (John Prine) 2:54
8  Jesse (Janis Ian) 4:13
9  Winds Of The Old Days (Joan Baez) 3:42
10  Di Da (Joan Baez) 3:15
11  I Dream Of Jeannie Danny Boy Medley (Fred Weatherly, Stephen Foster) 3:58

Musicians

1 Diamonds And Rust

BassWilton Felder
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarLarry Carlton
Acoustic GuitarJoan Baez
HarpsichordDavid Paich
SynthesizerJoan Baez
PianoJoe Sample


2 Fountain Of Sorrow

BassReinie Press
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarLarry Carlton
Pedal Steel GuitarRed Rhodes
Acoustic GuitarLarry Carlton
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
PianoJoe Sample
PianoLarry Knechtel
PercussionJim Gordon


3 Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer

BassReinie Press
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarLarry Carlton
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
Acoustic GuitarJoan Baez
PianoJoe Sample
PianoLarry Knechtel
SynthesizerMalcolm Cecil


4 Children And All That Jazz

BassWilton Felder
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarLarry Carlton
PianoJoe Sample
PianoHampton Hawes
FluteTom Scott
PercussionJim Gordon


5 Simple Twist Of Fate

BassReinie Press
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarLarry Carlton
Acoustic GuitarJoan Baez
PianoJoe Sample
PianoLarry Knechtel
PercussionJim Gordon


6 Blue Sky

BassWilton Felder
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarLarry Carlton
Pedal Steel GuitarRed Rhodes
Acoustic GuitarLarry Carlton
Acoustic GuitarJoan Baez
Hammond OrganJoe Sample
PianoDavid Paich
PercussionJim Gordon


7 Hello In There

BassReinie Press
BassWilton Felder
DrumsJim Gordon
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
Pedal Steel GuitarRed Rhodes
Acoustic GuitarJoan Baez
Hammond OrganJoe Sample
PercussionJim Gordon


8 Jesse

BassWilton Felder
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarLarry Carlton
Acoustic GuitarJoan Baez
PianoDavid Paich
SynthesizerJoan Baez


9 Winds Of The Old Days

BassReinie Press
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarLarry Carlton
Pedal Steel GuitarRed Rhodes
Acoustic GuitarJoan Baez


10 Di Da

BassMax Bennett
DrumsJohn Guerin
GuitarRick Lotempio
Acoustic GuitarJoan Baez
PianoJoe Sample
FluteTom Scott
SaxJim Horn
SaxTom Scott
TrumpetBuck Monari
TrumpetOllie Mitchell
VocalsJoni Mitchell


11 I Dream Of Jeannie Danny Boy Medley

PianoLarry Knechtel

 

Liner Notes

Producer – David Kershenbaum, Joan Baez
Executive-Producer – Bernard Gelb
Arranged By – Joan Baez, Larry Carlton
Arranged By (Strings Arranged), Conductor (Conducted By) – Larry Carlton (Tracks 3, 4, 5)
Engineer (Assistant Engineer) – Ellis Sorkin
Engineer (Recording & Mix Engineer) – Rick Ruggieri (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 7, 8, 10)
Leader (String Section Lead By) – Sidney Sharp (Tracks 3, 4, 5)
Mastered By (Mastering Engineer) – Mike Reese

Design (Designer) – Bob Cato
Liner Notes – Bernard Gelb
Photography By – Irene Harris

Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records, Inc.
Recorded At – A&M Studios
Recorded At – Cecil & Margouleff
Remixed At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Remixed At – Producers Workshop
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co.
Recorded At – Wally Heider Studios
Produced For – JCB Productions