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Kate Wolf
Gold In California
A Retrospective of Recordings 1975-1985

Billboard Magazine

March 21, 1987
Members of Wolf’s sizable cult and the uninitiated alike will appreciate these unshowy yet potent songs.

Frets Magazine
by Phil Hood
May 1987
For her fans it’s a must album: For those unfamiliar with her songwriting, it’s a good place to start.

Philadelphia Inquirer
by Jack Lloyd
February 27, 1987
Gold In California (four stars) ...a gifted songwriter whose voice glowed with warmth and a straight-on delivery that was pleasant if not overwhelming.

The Folk Song Magazine
Spring 1987
Kate Wolf’s death was sad, not only for those who knew her, but also for those who never met her but who listened to her music. This album is a retrospective collection of Kate’s finest songs.
Kate made her music from events which other people might consider ordinary -- a hawk flying in the sky or a mailbox with the name “Emma Rose.” But Kate wasn't an ordinary person; she was a poet who conveyed her feelings with great sensitivity in her songs. She loved nature, and she loved people, and that’s what her music is about. The material on this two-record album, which was selected by Kate from previous recordings, has her signature country/folk sound. Most of the songs are the slow-moving ballads for which Kate is known. They drift slowly, easily, and comfortably, from “Across the Great Divide,” which describes an experience in Kate’s past, to “Here in California,” which tells of her life in the hills of her beloved home state. One song in particular, “The Lilac and the Apple,” reaches far beyond the genre to take its place as a classic ballad. In view of Kate’s untimely death, the song “Unfinished Life” is especially poignant. Among those accompanying Kate’s warm, alto voice are Don Coffin on harmonies, Nina Gerber on guitar, Bill Griffin on bass, and Paul Ellis on fiddle. This album is the final work of art by an extremely talented singer and songwriter.

Calendar Magazine
by Ann Powers
April 1987
There is a tenderness in American things, a tendency towards sentimentality that, when it manages to remain subtle, can be very moving. Kate Wolf’s music moved with then sentimentality, simply and without apology. Wolf’s presence in the Northern California folk scene centered the community until her death of leukemia late last year. Gold In California is a collection of Wolf’s music spanning her long and fruitful career. Throughout, Kaleidoscope Records have provided a document of Wolf’s deeply American, heartfelt art. The finest songs on this uniformly excellent collection tell stories of life and death in this country’s smaller places: tales of lonely old women in “Emma Rose” and “Telluride,” of ignored rural beauty in “The Lilac and the Apple,” and of enduring traditional values in “The Trumpet Vine.” Wolf’s art endures in these quiet evocations of a personal landscape, and this double album provides a special glance into her world.

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