Play Me Backwards

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Play Me Backwards
Studio album by Joan Baez
Released October 1992
Recorded Nashville, 1992
Genre Folk
Length 36:19
Label Virgin
Producer Wally Wilson, Kenny Greenberg
Joan Baez chronology
Speaking of Dreams
Play Me Backwards
Rare, Live & Classic

Play Me Backwards is a 1992 album by Joan Baez. In addition to her own work, she included songs by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Janis Ian among others. The album marked the first time Baez worked with producers Kenny Greenberg and Wally Wilson, with whom she would continue to work throughout most of the 1990s. Also significant was her recording of the Mary Chapin Carpenter song, "Stones in the Road", for which Baez produced her first ever music video. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.

For the making of this album, Baez worked in Nashville for the first time since recording 1972's Come from the Shadows.

In 2012, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the album's original release, Play Me Backwards was reissued, digitally remastered, and including new liner notes; three bonus tracks—recorded during the original sessions, but not included on the original release—were included: "The Trouble With the Truth", "Medicine Wheel" and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Seven Curses".

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Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Joan Baez, Wally Wilson and Kenny Greenberg, except where indicated.

  1. "Play Me Backwards"
  2. "Amsterdam" (Janis Ian/Buddy Mondlock)
  3. "Isaac and Abraham"
  4. "Stones in the Road" (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
  5. "Steal Across the Border" (Ron Davies)
  6. "I'm with You" (Baez)
  7. "I'm with You" (Reprise) (Baez)
  8. "Strange Rivers" (John Stewart)
  9. "Through Your Hands" (John Hiatt)
  10. "The Dream Song"
  11. "The Edge of Glory"