Joan Baez in San Francisco is a crucial addition to the collection of
any folk completist. It comprises the album-length session that the
then-unknown teenager recorded in June 1958.
As she later
recalled, "I was still in high school [when] two guys approached me and
said "hey little girl, would you like to make a record?" They were
rogues, but I didn't know that.
[So] off we went to San Francisco
[where] I recorded everything I knew on a gigantic borrowed Gibson
guitar." The LP includes a dozen songs ranging from recent hit songs
like "La Bamba," "Young Blood," and Harry Belafonte's "Island in the
Sun" to folk club standards "Oh Freedom," "I Gave My Love a Cherry," and
"Dark as a Dungeon." A curio from the very dawn of her career - a demo
tape that failed in its stated purpose of landing her a record deal - In
San Francisco remains an interesting glimpse into the early career of
one of the absolute legends of 1960s Greenwich Village folk!