June 1, 2013 – 4:56 am

The early ’70s was a promising time for singer-songwriters. Only some achieved stardom.

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My Father’s Place 1977? [no label, 1CD]

Live in Roslyn, Long Island, New York, February 10, 1977 or July 16, 1979? WLIR FM broadcast. Ex FM stereo.

“Wendy Waldman is one of those artists who, although she has many albums to her credit, never received the credit due to her as a solo artist. I fell in love with her vocals and music back in the mid ’70s and was lucky to catch her special concert presented by WQIV in NY (remember Quad 4 radio?) but never got to record that show. However, I WAS lucky enough to get this broadcast on WLIR-FM…

“According to db.etree.org, there is only one Wendy Waldman concert in circulation. I hope you enjoy this second show because she is certainly somebody to hear and enjoy. Aloha from Maui.” - nassau73.

There were so many excellent singer-songwriters from this period. There was Karla Bonoff, Cindy Bullens, Nicolette Larson, Maria Muldaur to name a few. Waldman had her songs covered by Maria Muldaur, Linda Ronstadt, Kim Carnes, CeCe Winans, NewGrass Revival, Randy Travis, Randy Meisner, Edgar Winter, Jesse Colin Young, Percy Sledge, Kenny Rogers, Judy Collins, Melissa Manchester, Rita Coolidge and Bette Midler among others.

As this concert shows, she was also a sensitive singer who could swing when required. When you listen to her sing Back By Fall, she recalls the soulful Laura Nyro. Her band is as accomplished as she is. They are as comfortable with jazz (Explain It) as with rock (West Coast Blues, Train Song). What’s lacking is the hit single. It was the hit single that propelled her contemporaries Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt and others to stardom.

The setlist seems to suggest this show is from early 1977 when Waldman was promoting her 1976 album, The Main Refrain. But it was shared as July 16, 1979. In the intro, the announcer does mention that Waldman has “a great new album out now, The Main Refrain”. Anyone out there know?

Thanks nassau73 for bringing this show to a larger audience.
- Professor Red

Picture posted at wendywaldman.com.

WLIR FM Broadcast > TEAC reel to reel (A2300S?) > TASCAM CD-RW700 (CD) > EAC (to WAV) > Audition 3.0 (tracking) > TLH (flac)

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Track 01. Intro (489k)
Track 02. Old Time Love (6.3MB)
Track 03. Vaudeville Man (6.2MB)
Track 04. Racing Boat (6.0MB)
Track 05. Is He Coming at All * (7.5MB)
Track 06. Waiting for the Rain (8.9MB)
Track 07. Gringo En Mexico (8.4MB)
Track 08. Back by Fall * (10.3MB)
Track 09. Explain It (11.2MB)
Track 10. The Main Refrain * (6.2MB)
Track 11. West Coast Blues * (9.7MB)
Track 12. Band Intros/rap (4.1MB)
Track 13. Living Is Good * (7.8MB)
Track 14. Mad, Mad Me (7.1MB)
Track 15. Train Song (6.5MB)

* songs also found on her studio album, The Main Refrain, from 1976.

Wendy Waldman - vocals
Bill Elliot - keys
Scott Chambers - bass
Ginger Holladay - vocals, ukelele
Mark Safan - hand percussion
Steve Beers - drums
Craig Hull Holt - guitar

For those who want more, listen to The Refugees (Wendy Waldman, Cindy Bullens and Deborah Holland) - Chicago 2012 here.

Probably the easiest to find CD sampler of Waldman’s works is the 1996 Warner compilation, Love Is The Only Goal: The Best Of Wendy Waldman. Buy it here.

For fans of digital downloads, Waldman assembled a comprehensive set for CD Baby. It has songs from all her eight albums and is titled Back By Fall: A Retrospective. Buy it as a digital download from CD Baby here.

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  1. 18 Responses to “WENDY, WENDY WHAT WENT WRONG”

  2. Never heard of her befire, but I’m checking it out. So far, I am really liking what I’m hearing. Thank you for turning me on to her.

    By Paul on Jun 1, 2013

  3. OK, I’m about 6 songs in and “WOW”!!!! Absolutely loving this. To put things in perspective, earlier today, I spent about 3 hours listening to scores of young 20-something rock bands and songwriters. I was trying to find one good song for a commercial I’m editing. I became depressed, because band after band after band had a LOOK and a SOUND and an ATTITUDE….but none of them had GOOD SONGS. Wendy Waldman has more going on in one song then I heard in about 40 albums earlier today.

    Starting a band, dressing right and aping a sound is WORTHLESS without good song-writing. This concert by Wendy Waldman has restored my spirit and nourished my soul.

    By Paul on Jun 1, 2013

  4. I highly recommend clicking on the link for The Refugees, which is open for dl on this site. Both of these recordings are very, very good.

    By 5yrsnojob on Jun 1, 2013

  5. while there may not be a lot of full length solo performances of wendy live out there.. there seems to be quite a number of single song performances on such sites as youtube. i found a hell of a lot of em. a few cds worth of compilations of tracks she did live at various venues could be assembled from dl’ing the audios of the clips on youtube. figure u can get 15 or so on a cd i found at least 2-3 cds worth in about 30 seconds. i found recordings going back to the early 70s and as recent as a year or so ago.
    i didnt realize that wendy was about 10 yrs older than i am. theres an interesting article on wiki about a band she was in -

    By darth on Jun 1, 2013

  6. theres an interesting article on wiki about a band she was in -

    wikipedia, where people leave info that is unchecked and often erroneous.

    By wikilies on Jun 2, 2013

  7. i keep hearing about this but no one seems to back that up. did u find any incorrect information on the article i posted a link to? if not.. whats your point?
    also.. u claim that its unchecked. i dont believe that either. i think thats totally made up. often erroneous?? more made up stuff. tsk tsk.

    By darth on Jun 2, 2013

  8. Musician correction–it’s Craig HULL, not Craig Holt.
    Wendy’s next album after “The Main Refrain” in 1976 was “Strange Company” in 1977-which was Wendy, Steve Beers, Craig Hull (all on this FM recording) and Mark Goldenberg and Steve Bernstein. This group, without Wendy and Craig, and with Steve Leonard, became the
    Cre-Tones (great band). This FM show contains NO Strange Company tunes, so it CAN’T be from 1979.


    By Paul on Jun 11, 2013

  9. Hello Paul

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Jun 11, 2013

  10. PS For clarity, there are two different “Paul’s” posting. I’m Paul N., a long-time Wendy Waldman fan, and I previously posted about the musicians and the non-1979 date of this show.

    By Paul N. on Jun 12, 2013

  11. Thank you for posting this show. I saw Wendy play many times in the day, but have only rediscovered her recently. All her classic WB albums are available as CD reissues directly from Wendy through her website, plus several albums of outstanding new and previously unreleased studio material (she’ll autograph them for you, too). Highly recommmended.

    By Mike K. on Jun 12, 2013

  12. Finally got a chance to listen to this show. I want to sincerely thank whoever taped this back in the day, and to BigO for sharing it. I had never heard of Ms. Waldman before. Normally I ain’t a huge fan of the mid 70s west coast sound (excepting the great Steely Dan), but after hearing this show, I will be keeping an eye out for Wendy’s lps in the future. She made some great music.

    By mackdaddyg on Sep 9, 2013

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  15. Such a joy to hear Wendy live during her most prolific recording period. It’s a shame the elusive hit single never elevated her to the place her talent merited. But at least she never stopped going, with each album a bit different to its predecessor. What a talent.

    By Charlie on Jul 29, 2014

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    By new albums on Sep 13, 2014

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  18. To update my previous post, Wendy Waldman’s five classic WB albums, as well as the “Best of” anthology, are now available as 16/44.1 FLAC downloads at http://ponomusic.force.com

    By Mike K. on Feb 12, 2015

  19. https://wendywaldman.com/biography/

    By mickerdicker on Oct 20, 2017

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