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Gulf Winds
Studio album by Joan Baez
Released November 1976
Recorded 1976
Genre Folk
Length 44:05
Label A&M
Producer David Kershenbaum
Professional reviews
Joan Baez chronology
From Every Stage
Gulf Winds
Blowin' Away

Gulf Winds was an album composed of songs written and performed by Joan Baez. The album was released in 1976, and was her final album of new material for A&M. Baez stated in her autobiography, And a Voice to Sing With, that most of the songs were written while on tour with the Rolling Thunder Revue with Bob Dylan[1]. "O Brother!" was a clever reply to Dylan's song "Oh Sister". On the title song, a ten-minute long autobiographical recollection of her childhood, Baez accompanies herself only with her own acoustic guitar (the rest of the album features standard mid-1970s pop/rock backup), creating a sound reminiscent of her earliest pure folks recordings.

Gulf Winds is the only Baez album without one single cover; each song was written by Baez herself.

From the album's liner notes:

"Sometimes, I wake up at night and write a song. Sometimes a tune comes to my head when I'm walking in the hills, and I have to make up words for it. Sometimes I sit in a bar in San Francisco and scribble into a notepad what I call my 'streams of unconsciousness.' When I have enough scribbles in the pad, and enough tunes in my head, I go into the studio and make an album. That's how I made this one."
- Joan Baez


Track listing

All tracks composed by Joan Baez

  1. "Sweeter for Me"
  2. "Seabirds"
  3. "Caruso"
  4. "Still Waters at Night"
  5. "Kingdom of Childhood"
  6. "O Brother!"
  7. "Time Is Passing Us By"
  8. "Stephanie's Room"
  9. "Gulf Winds"


Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1976 The Billboard 200 62


  1. ^ Baez, Joan. 1987. And a Voice to Sing With: A Memoir. Century Hutchinson, London. ISBN 0-7126-1827-9


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