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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.[3]

Diamonds & Rust
Diamonds & Rust (Joan Baez album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Joan Baez
Released April 1975
Recorded January 1975
Genre Folk rock, folk jazz
Length 39:45
Label A&M
Producer David Kershenbaum and Joan Baez
Joan Baez chronology
Gracias A la Vida
(1974)Gracias A la Vida1974
Diamonds & Rust
From Every Stage
(1976)From Every Stage1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Village Voice C[2]

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.[citation needed] 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.


Track listingEdit

  1. "Diamonds & Rust" (Joan Baez) - 4:47
  2. "Fountain of Sorrow" (Jackson Browne) - 4:30
  3. "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" (Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright) - 2:45
  4. "Children and All That Jazz" (Joan Baez) - 3:07
  5. "Simple Twist of Fate" (Bob Dylan) - 4:44
  6. "Blue Sky" (Dickey Betts) - 2:46
  7. "Hello in There" (John Prine) - 3:05
  8. "Jesse" (Janis Ian) - 4:28
  9. "Winds of the Old Days" (Joan Baez) - 3:55
  10. "Dida" (Joan Baez) – duet with Joni Mitchell - 3:25
  11. Medley: "I Dream of Jeannie" (Stephen Foster) / "Danny Boy"[4] (Frederick Weatherly) - 4:13


  • Rick Riggieri – Engineer
  • Henry Lewy – Engineer (10)
  • Ellis Sorkin – Assistant Engineer
  • Bob Cato – Design

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1975–76) Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[5] 28
US Billboard 200[6] 11


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 16, 1975). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Baez, Joan. 1987. And a Voice to Sing With: A Memoir. Century Hutchinson, London. ISBN 0-671-40062-2
  4. ^ An Irish song, on the album cover: Dedicated to my Grandmother, Barbara Bridge
  5. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4083a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  6. ^ "Joan Baez Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.