Leftover Wine

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Leftover Wine
Leftover Wine.jpg
Live album by Melanie
Released September 1970
Recorded 1970, Carnegie Hall, New York City
Genre Pop, folk rock
Length 42:47
Label Buddah
Producer Peter Schekeryk
Melanie chronology
Candles in the Rain
Leftover Wine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Leftover Wine is a live album released by Melanie in 1970 on the Buddah label. Production and arrangements were conducted by her then husband, Peter Schekeryk. The album was recorded at Carnegie Hall in New York City, except for the closing track "Peace Will Come", which was a studio recording that was released as a single to promote the album.[2]


The concert at Carnegie Hall was the first of Melanie's two appearances in 1970.[3] While Melanie's studio albums typically feature complex arrangements, for the concert Melanie was only accompanied by her acoustic guitar. Melanie performance displays her most diverse and emotionally compelling vocals. In several instances, she redirects the songs directly to her audience and was actively communicating with them to keep them engaged. The performance featured the hits from her previous album, Candles in the Rain and other associated standards like "Momma Momma" and "Happy Birthday". The crowd was ecstatic and as Margie English wrote "She drew strength from them and sang on until she had no more songs. When she rose to leave some of them embraced her, and tears were exchanged".[4]The album is also known as Live at Carnegie Hall and Live : Recorded at Margie's Birthday party.[1]

The live album was released in September 1970. "Peace Will Come (All According to Plan)" was released as a single earlier in the month. It charted at #32 nationally and the album had similar success when it charted at #33.[5] On February 7, 2007 Leftover Wine was rereleased in a double compact disc including her other 1970 album, Candles in the Rain. It was distributed by Edsel Records, and included one bonus track for the live album called "Stop! I Don't Want to Hear it Anymore". [6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Melanie Safka.[7]

  1. "Close to It All" – 3:25
  2. "Uptown Down" – 2:53
  3. "Momma Momma" – 4:30
  4. "The Saddest Thing" – 3:46
  5. "Beautiful People" – 4:17
  6. "Animal Crackers" – 2:30
  7. "I Don't Eat Animals" – 2:10
  8. "Happy Birthday" – 0:52
  9. "Tuning My Guitar" – 4:00
  10. "Psychotherapy" – 4:55
  11. "Leftover Wine" – 4:42
  12. "Peace Will Come (According to Plan)" – 4:47