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Weaver Of Visions: The Kate Wolf Anthology

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 4, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00004S7LY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Although I've Gone Away
2. Green Eyes (Live)
3. Emma Rose
4. Like A River (Live)
5. Old Jerome
6. These Times We're Living In (Live)
7. Sweet Love
8. Across The Great Divide
9. Brother Warrior
10. Unfinished Life
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Here In California
2. Looking Back At You (Live)
3. The Minstrel
4. Picture Puzzle (Live)
5. Cornflower Blue (Live)
6. The Wind Blows Wild
7. You're Not Standing Like You Used To
8. Carolina Pines
9. Medicine Wheel
10. Two-Way Waltz
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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Ahead of her time and somehow beyond time, Northern California singer-songwriter Kate Wolf now has a collection to represent all her craft, wisdom, and radiance. Produced and compiled by Wolf's son Max, the 35 songs on Weaver of Visions include every track from the previous anthology, Gold in California (less only "Full Time Woman" and the antinuke ballad "The Sun Is Burning"), and adds 10 live performances and two previously unavailable songs. The selection is impeccable, focusing on what Wolf's guitarist Nina Gerber has called "Kateness": an intimacy born of hard times, a communion forged in love's fire, a delicate soulfulness that few of her acoustic-oriented peers--Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams come to mind--have captured. Even if you own every Wolf album, Weaver of Visions will be a revelation--from the sparkling remastering to the elegant photographs to the intelligent, 42-page liner notes to the songs and voice that will tear out your heart, then mend and renew it once again. --Roy Kasten

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weaver of Visions April 20, 2000
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I am new to Kate Wolf's work. This anthology is a victory for those who have captured in two discs a rare beauty and serenity which borders on the spiritual. If you explore one singer songwriter this year who weaves spells with words and music that lives on beyond the transience of life itself this should be the one.Thanks to Emmylou Harris and especially to Nanci Griffith for keeping the candle burning, across the Great Divide.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precious gems June 13, 2001
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It's hard to describe in words just how perfect Kate Wolf is -- the voice, the songs ... Then again, I don't really have to: this excellent two disc compilation does it all for me, skimming the cream off her recordings. Fittingly enough, it includes a good heaping serve of live tracks, because Wolf in concert was a very special experience. If the compilers managed to miss a couple of my own favourites, well, that's simply a tribute to the consistent quality and depth of her songs. Listeners new are guaranteed to fall in love with Kate Wolf; listeners old will welcome a fine, fine compilation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the Reviews: This Is Wonderful. September 14, 2000
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This anthology contains some of the best singer-songwriter contemporary folk I've ever heard. I've been listening to this set for several months now, and am not even remotely tired of it. Kate Wolf's voice and songwriting will touch your heart..."Give Yourself to Love" brings tears to my eyes. I discover the music of dozens of different folk artists every year, but once in a rare while I will hear the work of a musician and think, "this is what I've been looking for, without even knowing it"...this is how I now feel about Kate Wolf.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the voice stupid! January 5, 2001
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Within about 3 seconds of a Kate Wolf song, your life changes a little. I mean, I don't even like the country bluegrass foot stompin stuff but when she sings it gets important and you want to listen. The ballads are a form of heart surgery with the patient always surviving and leading a better life as a result. My wife and I have been fans since '86 and were both saddened by her departure to "the other side" as she puts it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enduring Mystery of Kate Wolf July 3, 2006
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I first discovered Kate Wolf's music twenty years ago while traveling the Mendocino Coast. It's not really about Northern California, but like a fine wine it has a certain regional stamp to it which adds to its quality. In time I bought all of her CD's and her music, which gradually intertwined and merged with my life until it seemed as if the songs were a personal gift from her to me, which I eventually learned was an illusion held in common by just about all of her fans. And in all those years, whenever I brought up the subject of Kate Wolf with my friends in Southern California, I invariably got a blank stare in return, followed by the question, "Who's Kate Wolf?"

The mystery of Kate Wolf is why her enormous popularity is still mainly confined to Northern California, why such a great artist has only produced twelve reviews on this page, and why this quintessential Kate Wolf album isn't even among Amazon's top ten thousand selling CD's.

I don't know how many (if any)other musicians have an annual music festival dedicated to their memory, but Kate Wolf does and last week up near the Redwoods, the 11th annual such festival took place. The music was bluegrass, folk, and singer/songwriters with only an occasional Kate Wolf number thrown in, but her spirit was invoked from the stage more than once, and the festival closed out with the singing of one of Kate's signature songs, "Give Yourself to Love." The audience stood and sang along just as if it were a national anthem (and maybe it should be.)

So if this is your genre, if Kate's advice to "Give Yourself to Love" makes sense to you, or if her gentle warning that "We've Only Got These Times We're Living In" rings true, give her a listen, and you too can become part of California's best kept secret.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection February 7, 2002
By Blue
Format:Audio CD
Pacheco/RedtailHawk, Medicine Wheel,Across the Great Divide. I have several Kate Wolf Cd's and I seem to listen to this one the most, but there are many other songs and its hard to pick a favorite. Kate wasn't a country bluegrass stompin kind of singer but a beautiful folk singer. I wish I could go to the Kate Wolf Festival held in California every year,where a line up of wellknown singers sing there versions of her music. The information is on her website.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent June 24, 2000
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if you are a folk music fan.. if you love great lyrics and wonderful.. instrmental backup.. if you love passion and feeling.. if you love a beautiful,clear, fresh voice.. you will love this album.. stumbled onto it today at a music store, and listened to it twice ... thats five hours.... just ordering three more sets for my children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here in California... May 3, 2004
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Nobody has ever captured the spirit of the rural West in music better than Kate Wolf. This generous set will satisfy almost anybody but those who have to have it all; for those who are just new to this artist, this is the best place to start - all killer, no filler. Some tracks are immediately addictive, while others reveal their pleasures more gradually.

Kate's songs are a celebration of passion, humanity, nature, healing, friendship, love, and much more. Her partners supported her with expert skills and arrangments that explored all the roots of American music, yet her style, concept, and delivery were completely her own. If Weaver of Visions is your first introduction to Kate, it may be a revelation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A songwriter with vision
Kate Wolf repopularized folk music in California in the 1970's, and went on to international recognition before she untimely died in 1986 at the age of 44. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treausre
What a lovely collection of Kate Wolf's songs. The CD is without blemish making the listening a genuine pleasure. Thank you.
Published 16 months ago by S. S. Livingston
5.0 out of 5 stars This a great collection from an artist who left too soon.
Evidently this is a rare album. Came in like new condition.
Became a fan after Kate left this world but thankfully her spirit lives on in her music. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Roy Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful, thoughtful and breathtaking folk music ever...
Having never heard of Kate Wolf before, I found this gem of a 2-CD collection in a thrift store a few years ago. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sam I Am
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorely missed.
One of the most beautiful voices of her generation. A great song writer and humanitarian. This Anthology includes her best. She left us way too soon.
Published on June 10, 2009 by Arthur R. Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection of Music
If you like Kate Wolf you need this collection in your collection. If you like acoustic and or the folk style of music you should also get it. Read more
Published on May 22, 2009 by John J. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I only knew Kate Wolf from hearing "Give Yourself to Love" on the radio. Then, I recently subscribed to Pandora Radio, which has a few more of her songs on its folk music playlist. Read more
Published on February 11, 2009 by My Cat's Name Is Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit, Soul, and Heart of the Beautiful Kate Wolf
Weaver of Visions spans the creative life of Kate Wolf, a one of a kind artist, a beautiful singer and songwriter who dove unafraid into the depths of her own soul to a place where... Read more
Published on January 16, 2009 by Thomas Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the beauty alive.
Such beautiful songs. Besides the exquisite "Give Yourself to Love," my little known favorite is "The Trumpet Vine. Read more
Published on February 25, 2008 by Susan Baruch
5.0 out of 5 stars To Like Her is to Love Her
When I discovered Kate Wolf, I ran to a folk music store to buy an album. For the longest time I tried to pick an album from among the four or five in stock. Read more
Published on November 30, 2007 by S. Grooms
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