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The (Kind Of) Complete Woodstock: Joan Baez

When Joan Baez stepped onto the stage at one a.m. Saturday morning she was six months pregnant and her draft protester husband was on his way to federal prison.  Her set was the official close of day one:  one hour and thirteen songs.

I’m going to be honest with you — I’m not a fan and never have been.  Baez’s set is one of two Woodstock performances that I flip past quickly.  I admire the work she’s done for civil rights and other causes, but her vocal histrionics grate my nerves.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy Joan’s Woodstock performance, half of which is available.  Here  is Baez’s Woodstock set list along with where you can find official releases of his performance:

  1. Oh Happy Day
  2. The Last Thing On My Mind
  3. I Shall Be Released
  4. No Expectations
  5. Joe Hill (Woodstock -40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm (CD)
  6. Sweet Sir Galahad (Woodstock -40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm (CD)
  7. Hickory Wind (Woodstock -40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm (CD)
  8. Drug Store Truck Driving Man (Woodstock -40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm (CD)
  9. I Live One Day At A Time (Woodstock: The Director’s Cut Ultimate Collector’s Edition (DVD))
  10. Take Me Back to the Sweet Sunny South
  11. Let Me Wrap You in My Warm and Tender Love
  12. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Woodstock: The Director’s Cut Ultimate Collector’s Edition (DVD))
  13. We Shall Overcome (Woodstock: The Lost Performances (VHS))

Your official Woodstock soundtrack count to date: 30

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Update: On August 2, 2019, Rhino Records released Woodstock – Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive and changed the game forever. With exception to two Hendrix tracks and one Sha Na Na cut, the massive box set contains complete sets from every Woodstock artist—even those long believed lost or never recorded.

Here is Baez‘s set as it appears on the Back to the Garden archive, including announcements, etc.:

1. OH HAPPY DAY
2. THE LAST THING ON MY MIND
3. I SHALL BE RELEASED
4. “He’s fine, and we’re fine, too”
5. JOE HILL
6. “We three together constitute the Struggle Mountain Resistance Band”
7. SWEET SIR GALAHAD
8. HICKORY WIND
9. DRUG STORE TRUCK DRIVIN’ MAN – featuring Jeffrey Shurtleff
10. ONE DAY AT A TIME
11. TAKE ME BACK TO THE SWEET SUNNY SOUTH
12. WARM AND TENDER LOVE
13. SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT
14. “I think it’s amazing that you people are still awake”
15. WE SHALL OVERCOME
16. John Morris – “That brings us fairly close to the dawn”

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  1. So glad to be able to finally unburden myself to the only other “not a fan” of Joan Baez. I am going to take a leap of faith here, and I may just be all alone in this corner, but I kind of cannot stand Joni Mitchell either.

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