Play Me Backwards

Play Me Backwards

by Joan Baez


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Play Me Backwards

Proving that Joan Baez never really goes away, Play Me Backwards is a fine 1992 release from the legendary singer/songwriter. The smooth production of Wally Wilson and Kenny Greenberg frames her voice beautifully, with a contemporary, yet undated sound. And, with songs courtesy of Mary-Chapin Carpenter, John Hiatt, and Janis Ian, how can you go wrong? Although it's not a ground-breaking artistic achievement, it's Joan Baez, and it's definitely an enjoyable way to pass 40 minutes. Getting things started, the bouncy groove of the percussive title track belies its tale of a stolen childhood. The images drawn are vivid, and the pain recalled in the reclaiming is tangible, but forgiving. The wistful melancholy of Ian's "Amsterdam" is gorgeously handled with a delicate maturity, as is Hiatt's triumphantly hopeful "Through Your Hands." In another upbeat swing, "I'm With You" is one of the main highlights of the record. Dedicated to her son Gabe, Baez vows her steadfast support and presence as he makes his way into a life of his own. Any kid would be proud to have such a tribute showcasing their parent's unconditional love. The album closes with another loving family honor. Written for her father, "Edge of Glory" is the opposite bookend to "I'm With You," as it contemplates the attempts of pleasing and healing in the father-daughter relationship. From child to mother and all stops in between, Play Me Backwards details an emotional journey as seen through the eyes of Baez. It's a lovely trip.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2013
Label: Razor & Tie
UPC: 0793018342025
catalogNumber: 83420
Rank: 166722

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Baez   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar,Weissenborn
Edgar Meyer   Upright Bass
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Greg Barnhill   Background Vocals
Richard Bennett   Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Mike Lawler   Organ,Synthesizer
Bob Mason   Cello
Jonell Mosser   Background Vocals
Steve Nathan   Wurlitzer
Cyndi Richardson   Background Vocals
Tom Roady   Percussion
James Stroud   Drums
Marcos Suzano   Percussion
Willie Weeks   Bass
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Wally Wilson   Synthesizer,Piano
Pam Sixfin   Violin
Glen Worff   Bass
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joan Baez   Composer
Mark Heard   Composer
Buddy Mondlock   Composer
John Stewart   Composer
Ashley Cleveland   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Janis Ian   Composer
Ron Davies   Composer
James A. Ball   Engineer
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Composer
Peter Coleman   Engineer
Roy Gamble   Engineer
Kenny Greenberg   Composer,Producer
John Hadley   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Mark Spector   Management
Greg Parker   Engineer
Arthur Levy   Liner Notes
Ed Simonton   Engineer
Eric Gorodetzky   Engineer
Pat Bunch   Composer
Taylor York   Engineer
Wally Wilson   Composer,Producer
Karen O'Connor   Composer

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