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Back By Fall: A Retrospective

by Wendy Waldman

A retrospective drawn from Wendy Waldman's eight critically acclaimed studio albums, from 1973 to 2007
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Vaudeville Man
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2. Pirate Ships
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3. Love Has Got Me
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4. Waiting for the Rain
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5. Mad Mad Me
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6. Cold Back On Me
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7. Spring Is Here
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8. Sundown
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9. Western Lullaby
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10. Wild Bird
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11. Eagle and the Owl
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12. The Main Refrain
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13. Prayer for You
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14. Living Is Good
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15. Back By Fall
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16. Strange Company
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17. The Wind in New York City
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18. Long Hot Summer Nights
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19. Love Is the Only Goal
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20. We'll See in the End
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21. Time Like Your Wire Wheels
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22. Gotta Get Over You
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23. Which Way to Main Street
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24. Does Anybody Want to Marry Me
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25. Heartbeat
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26. Letter Home
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27. This Wall
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28. Destined to Be Wild
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29. The Longest Summer
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30. My Time in the Desert
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31. Save the Best for Last
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32. You Plant Your Fields
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33. Carves New Rivers
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34. My Last Thought
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35. Fishin in the Dark
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Album Notes
Wendy Waldman is an American recording artist, as well as a writer of multi-platinum songs in musical genres ranging from folk, country to pop, film, jazz, children's music and R&B. She is one of the first female record producers to have a major impact in the music industry. Born in Los Angeles, her father was Fred Steiner, composer of the Perry Mason theme, many episodes of Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Gunsmoke, and others, as well as being a noted film music scholar. Waldman's career in the music business started with her band, Bryndle, in the early 1970s. Bryndle was made up of Waldman, Karla Bonoff, Kenny Edwards, and Andrew Gold. Waldman was signed as a solo artist to prestigious Warner Brothers records in1973, along with an exclusive group of new, visionary artists including Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Ry Cooder, Little Feat, Captain Beefheart, and Randy Newman
The first solo Wendy Waldman album, "Love Has Got Me," was released by Warner Bros. Records in 1973 and proclaimed by Rolling Stone Magazine to be the "singer-songwriter debut of the year." Since then she has made eight critically acclaimed albums and numerous group projects and has toured widely as well.
More than 70 artists have recorded her songs in fields as diverse as pop, R&B, jazz, country,gospel, film and Latin music. Among her biggest records are "Save The Best For Last" and "The Sweetest Days" by Vanessa Williams; "Fishin' In The Dark" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Garth Brooks; "Baby What About You" by Crystal Gayle; "I Owe You One" by Aaron Neville; "Heartbeat" by Don Johnson, "I'm Gone" by Alison Krauss, “Can’t Stop Now,” by New Grass Revival, “You Plant your Fields,” by New Grass Revival and Kathy Mattea, “Corn Water and Wood,” the Wrangler award winning song for Michael Martin Murphy. The group Bryndle reunited in 1995, and released 3 albums before the untimely and much lamented deaths of both Kenny Edwards and Andrew Gold.
Waldman became the first woman to produce country, acoustic, and pop music extensively and was responsible for several projects now considered classics in the acoustic music world, among them New Grass Revival (Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, John Cowan and Pat Flynn) Bryndle, Suzy Bogguss, the late Artie Traum, Ronny Cox, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and others.
As a member of the Refugees along with band mates Cindy Bullens and Deborah Holland, she co-produced both of their cds, the critically acclaimed “Unbound,” and the 2012 release “Three,” which remained high on the folk roots charts in the US for 10 months. The group toured extensively, appearing on syndicated folk radio, in concert, and at Folk Alliance, for the last 6 years.
September 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of “Love Has Got Me,” and the retrospective “Back By Fall,” drawing from all the studio albums, is the first step in the celebration of Waldman’s long and fascinating road. A brand new album is planned for first quarter 2014.
Waldman continues, as well, to explore new musical worlds, scoring film, producing records in various formats, new productions, ranging from the latest cd of the legendary zydeco artist Lisa Haley, new roots artist Dave Tucker, collaboration with dj/singer Shyboy for his new “folktronica” release, and upcoming projects with music legend HB Barnum and LIfe Choir, Karla Bonoff, and John Cowan.
A meeting between Wendy Waldman and Polish superstar vocalist Mietek inspired a remarkable collaboration between the two: written, produced, and recorded by a team of superb Polish and American musicians, (including the late Kenny Edwards and other notable writers/musicians) working in both countries. The album was released in the winter of 2011 in Poland on the 4ever Music label with great success, and is scheduled to be released in additional territories in the next two years. Wendy Waldman’s private studio in Los Angeles, California, is home to the legendary public radio show, "Folkscene," (now in its 41st year).



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Nice Collection & A Great Bargain
To bad it's missing Is He Coming At All. This is a great collection; other then I personally don't really like the Time In The Desert CD (because it's really country), I would rather have had more from the earlier albums (or a few rarities) & left that out (even if you like Country, "Desert" just doesn't fit with the rest of the great music on this)
Most of the albums have a distinctive sound; rather then the comp having a consistent tonal quality. Largely, it's quite good. Unfortunately, the 2 worst sounding cd's are my favorite: The Main Refrain (a bit muddy; almost like it was mastered from a cassette), & Which Way To Main Street surprisingly sounds just like the compressed CBS LP. It's a different kind of compression that what I usually complain about; it doesn't sound screechy; just everything sounds really squashed together.
I always assumed it was a very bad vinyl pressing (this has never before been on cd); I was wrong. Apparently the compression is in the mix or else they used the original LP master (I'm only speaking of the selections from Main St).
While again, I don't have the CCM CD's available to compare with (they are packed in giant tubs with the rest of my cd's in prep of an upcoming move), memory says that this is better sounding. Some of it sounded really good.
For those who care, it's a "DR12"; which is quite good for a modern pop cd.
With the sales tax on the download, those who prefer disc are better off buying the (likely burned) cd set from Wendy's website then the dl I bought; it's only a $3.50 difference as I don't believe she charges tax & she doesn't charge USA shipping.
I'm really enjoying this. Especially if you didn't pick up the CCM's, this is a no brainer.
Hopefully some day we'll get Hi-res; & I'm still irritated that she left off my favorite song, Is He Coming At All!