Though her career was tragically cut short, Kate Wolf left a legacy of great folk and pop music. This anthology features some of her best recordings and includes the favorites "The Old Street Singer", "Bird On A Wire" and "Springfield Mountain Coal Miner".
Sing Out! - 11-12/94-1/95, p.122
"...good songs, warmly and elegantly sung...Wolf's beautiful voice draws you into each song and finds the soul of what lies at the heart of the material..."
Personnel includes: Kate Wolf (vocals, guitar); Don Coffin (guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Nina Gerber (guitar, harmonica); Don Lange (guitar
Producers include: Nancy Covey, Howard Larman, Roz Larman.
Compilation producer: Bill Griffin.
Recorded live at Folkscene Radio Program, KPFK-FM Radio, Los Angeles, California; San Diego Folk Festival, San Diego, California; McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, California between 1977 and 1979. Includes liner notes by Bill Griffin.
Digitally remastered by Chris Clarke and Ken Perry.
Personnel: Don Lange, Don Coffin (vocals, guitar); Nina Gerber (guitar, harmonica).
One of the many anthologies of previously-unheard material released after Kate Wolf's 1986 death from leukemia, 1994's LOOKING BACK AT YOU is Wolf at her simplest. Largely unadorned, with only occasional and unobtrusive backing by three guitarist pals (not all at the same time) including longtime collaborator Nina Gerber, these 12 songs focus almost entirely on Wolf's angelic voice and sturdy melodies.
LOOKING BACK AT YOU was mostly recorded at the legendary McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, and the cozy venue adds greatly to the intimacy of these quietly powerful performances. Unlike most of Wolf's albums, LOOKING BACK AT YOU consists mostly of covers, ranging from familiar Jackson Browne and Leonard Cohen tunes to a pair of traditional folk songs, and a cover of Utah Phillips' obscure anthem "Rock Salt and Nails." Of the three originals, the sorrowful title track is the highlight.