Love Is the Only Goal: The Best of Wendy Waldman

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Wendy Waldman's recorded heyday pretty much followed the arc of the '70s West Coast singer/songwriter trend. She released 16 of the 17 songs culled from five albums for Warner Brothers collected here during 1973-1978 and apart from a subsequent few minor projects, ceased being an active recording artist. Listening to this generous and well annotated by Waldman herself compilation, it's apparent that her talent should have transcended the rather short period of her semi-popularity. Her voice is soulful and mellifluous without being slick, and she exudes the kind of personality that helped make Bonnie Raitt, Carole King and to a lesser extent Joni Mitchell -- all of whom ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Wendy Waldman's recorded heyday pretty much followed the arc of the '70s West Coast singer/songwriter trend. She released 16 of the 17 songs culled from five albums for Warner Brothers collected here during 1973-1978 and apart from a subsequent few minor projects, ceased being an active recording artist. Listening to this generous and well annotated by Waldman herself compilation, it's apparent that her talent should have transcended the rather short period of her semi-popularity. Her voice is soulful and mellifluous without being slick, and she exudes the kind of personality that helped make Bonnie Raitt, Carole King and to a lesser extent Joni Mitchell -- all of whom were fashionable around the same time -- cultural symbols as intelligent, strong yet sensitive women songwriters. Not as daring or edgy as Mitchell or Laura Nyro, but with a similar knack for melody and hooks, Waldman was surely as gifted as Maria Muldaur and Linda Ronstadt, since she was an excellent singer as well as a quality songwriter. But the albums didn't get the promotion they needed and she remains a footnote in most discussions of influential artists of the period. One spin of this collection and most listeners will be scratching their heads as to why. Ballads such as the lovely, string enhanced "Waiting for the Rain," the yearning "Back by Fall" and the starkly sad yet beautiful "Mad Mad Me," the only tune she re-recorded for this 1996 release, give even the post-Tapestry Carole King a run for her money. The hints of jazz, particularly in the use of Victor Feldman's vibes on "Prayer for You" infuse class and integrity to her songs. There is one previously unreleased tune, "Charles River Song," a solo demo with Waldman accompanying herself on electric guitar. But aside from including only one track from her terrific 1974 Gypsy Symphony album, recorded with the cream of the Muscle Shoals musicians, this is as comprehensive and well sequenced a wrap-up as any newcomer to Waldman's charms could want.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/1996
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624604228
  • Catalog Number: 46042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Western Lullaby (3:50)
  2. 2 Vaudeville Man (2:42)
  3. 3 Love Has Got Me (4:21)
  4. 4 Mad Mad Me (4:12)
  5. 5 Waiting for the Rain (2:28)
  6. 6 Cold Back on Me (4:59)
  7. 7 Living Is Good (3:31)
  8. 8 Mr. Boatman (3:58)
  9. 9 Wild Bird (4:44)
  10. 10 Long Hot Summer Nights (4:13)
  11. 11 Gringo en Mexico (2:47)
  12. 12 Pirate Ships (2:53)
  13. 13 The Main Refrain (3:19)
  14. 14 Back by Fall (5:26)
  15. 15 Charles River Song (4:03)
  16. 16 Prayer for You (4:40)
  17. 17 Strange Company (3:06)
  18. 18 Love Is the Only Goal (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wendy Waldman Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Dulcimer, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals, Clavinet
Ray Kelley Cello
Karla Bonoff Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Background Vocals
Victor Feldman Vibes
Don Menza Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Saxophone
Pete Carr Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar
David Foster Piano
Andrew Gold Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Greene Strings
Peter Ivers Harmonica
Barry Beckett Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, ARP
Steve Beers Percussion, Drums
Peter Bernstein Bass, Bass Guitar
Michael Botts Drums
Denyse Buffum Strings
David Campbell Strings, Conductor, Viola
Charles Veal Strings
Maurice Dicterow Violin
Robert Dubow Strings, Violin
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Wilton Felder Bass Guitar
Chuck Findley Trombone, Trumpet, Horn
Frederick Seykora Strings
Pamela Goldsmith Strings
Allan Harshman Strings
Roger Hawkins Percussion, Drums
Kat Hendrikse Drums
Milt Holland Conga
David Hood Bass Guitar
Jim Horn Clarinet, Flute, Horn, Piccolo, Saxophone
Paul Hubinon Trombone, Trumpet
Craig Hull Guitar, Slide Guitar
Selene Hurford Strings
Jimmy Johnson Rhythm Guitar
Nathan Kaproff Strings
Dennis Karmazyn Strings
Joseph Kelson Jr. Horn
Russ Kunkel Drums
Edgar Lustgarten Strings
Virginia Majewski Strings
Gordon Marron Strings Strings
Jay Migliori Horn
Erno Neufeld Strings
Steve Paietta Accordion
Joe Porcaro Percussion
Emil Richards Hand Percussion
Thomas W. Roady Percussion, Conga, Timbales
Linda Rose Violin
Meyer Rubin Strings
Sheldon Sanov Strings
Carmi Simon Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Lya Stern Strings
Ron Strauss Strings
Polly Sweeney Violin
Ron Tutt Drums
Ken Yerke Strings
Bobbye Porter Percussion
Waddy Wachtel Electric Guitar
Ken Edwards Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Leland Sklar Bass Guitar
Jai Winding Organ
Paul Polivnick Strings, Viola
Karen Jones Strings
David H. Speltz Strings
Technical Credits
Wendy Waldman Arranger, Liner Notes
Peter Bernstein Arranger, Producer
Mike Flicker Producer
Chuck Plotkin Producer
Emil Richards Contributor
Nick Venet Producer
Fred Steiner Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best from the best

    This woman just oozes talent! She writes the most infectious melodic lines with ease. I've been a MAJOR fan since I heard her first LP in 1974. Several years ago, I made myself a ''Wendy Waldman's Greatest Hits'' tape from my complete collection of her records. It included most of the same material you'll find on this CD. It was a sad day, indeed, when I discovered the sun had melted my treasure! What a wonderful thing to have that tape replaced with a much better-sounding CD!!

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