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Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle [Import]

Kate & Anna McGarrigleAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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"Tell My Sister"

Nonesuch Records releases Tell My Sister, a special three-disc set comprising remastered versions of Kate and Anna McGarrigle’s beloved 1976 self-titled debut; its equally praised 1977 follow-up, Dancer with Bruised Knees; and a collection of previously unreleased songs, including solo and duo demos, on May 3, 2011. Joe Boyd, who produced the ... Read more in Amazon's Kate & Anna McGarrigle Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 27, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000026HDP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kiss And Say Goodbye
2. My Town
3. Blues In D
4. Heart Like A Wheel
5. Foolish You
6. Mendocino
7. Complainte Pour Ste- Catherine
8. Tell My Sister
9. Swimming Song
10. Jigsaw Puzzle Of Life
11. Go Leave
12. Travellin' On For Jesus

Editorial Reviews

The Stunning, Alluring Debut Album from the Duo of Sisters from Montreal. They Had Gained a Lot of Initial Attention Thanks to the Placement of the Title Song on Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" Album. The Sisters Crafted this Album with the Help of Some Stellar Players as Wel, Like Little Feat's Lowell George, Bassist Tony Levin, Drummer Steve Gadd and Horn Ace Bobby Keys.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite albums March 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I first heard of the McGarrigle sisters way back in the seventies when Linda Ronstadt covered Heart Like a Wheel, and suddenly discovered them again when I bought Emmylou Harris' incredible Wrecking Ball because I wanted to hear her version of Lucinda Williams' Sweet Old World (great cover but the original can't be beat). I discovered then that one of the best tracks on the Emmylou album "Going Back To Harlan" was written by the McGarrigles. I got all curious and decided to come to Amazon to find out what else they have done.
That was the best thing that happened to me the past 6 months. I first ordered this album out of curiousity and just fell in love with every single track. It is a total miracle and disgrace that this album is not on the TOP 10 ALBUM of ALL TIMES. I can remember very few albums and artists that have touched me as much, perhaps Joni Mitchell's Blue and Lucinda Williams' Car Wheels. I have a feeling that this one has legs and will remain my favorite for a long long time.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travellin' On... September 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the first McGarrigle album that I had the good fortune to acquire. It had made Rolling Stone's 1976 10 Best List, and I'm a folkie at heart. Not knowing quite what to expect I popped it in my tape player [we used those a lot in the old days] and found myself surprised by a unique take on singer/songwriter 'folk' music which was completely different from the more polished work becoming common in the U.S. at that time.
Not that the McGarrigle sisters are anything less than consummate musicians, but they eschew some of the sound processing that often makes everyone sound the same. Instead they stay with their natural, slightly edgy voices that are almost a nostalgic reminder of the 30's and 40's. Their musical styling is northern American (U.S. and Canadian) in that you keep hearing an accordion that isn't their.
Even after all these years, this album sounds fresh and interesting. It's hard to point to any particular cut on this recording as true favorites, but I probably like 'Talk to Me of Mendocino' and 'Complainte Pour Ste. Catherine' the best. While their stylings are completely different, both take traditional approaches to interesting subjects. If you haven't heard the McGarrigles yet, this is a great place to start.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ageless Classic October 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Gorgeous arrangements and the sweetest sibling voices I'd heard since Don & Phil Everly; this album burst into my world, seemingly from another era, in 1975. It came to my ears, like so many of my 70s classics, courtesy of the genial Chris Winter on Australian radio's best source of non-mainstream music,'Room To Move.' It was a generous sampling, though one song,'Mendocino' would have sufficed to lure me to the import shops the next day. Its slow surging, oceanic orchestral arrangement still puts me on edge. It also introduced to me the zaniness of Loudon Wainwright 111's writing, with 'Swimming Song', now part of our family singalongs.'Jigsaw Puzzle of Life,' & 'Go, Leave', seem to have been drawn from an ancient well. The sisters have recorded consistently over the decades & I welcomed the 'McGarrigle Hour' when it was released, with the full complement of McGarrigle couplings & progeny. They have made albums as good,'Dancer,' & 'Bruised Knees'come to mind, but none better than this stunning debut album. Its pop-leaning sensibility would lead me towards a happy decade's romance with Rounder Records, to source the roots from whence this marvel issued.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect, one-of-a-kind masterpiece December 20, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I can't think of any other album I could compare this to and that's one reason it holds such an attraction for me. The songs are so lovely and heartfelt, even the most cynical listener will be moved. My personal favorite here is the amazing, "Talk to Me of Mendocino" but anyone who can listen to "Go, Leave" without crying is tougher than I'll ever be. Hearing Kate sing, "Could it be that you are stalling?/Hearts have a way of calling, when they've been true" is as heartwrenching an experience as I've ever had listening to music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Influential Debut July 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I knew of the McGarrigle sisters back in the 1970s partly because of Linda Ronstadt's recording of Heart Like A Wheel and partly because of music media buzz which showered them with hosannahs. But I never really listened to them until a couple of years ago when I heard them sing backing vocals on Nick Cave's magnificent No More Shall We Part recording. So I went out and picked up a couple of their old CDs so I'd have a sampling and in the process found out that I'd been missing a whole lot of great music.
First of all, the sisters' harmonies are positively angelic. Then there is the simplicity of the music, with its laid-back almost rural feel accentuated by fiddles, mandolins, and accordions. The combination of the two makes for an almost exotic listening treat.
My favorites here are Kiss and Say Goodbye, My Town, Foolish You, Complainte Pour Ste-Catherine, Swimming Song, and Travellin' On For Jesus. The sisters are ably backed by an all-star crew including veteran drummer Steve Gadd, the late, great Lowell George on guitars, journeyman bass player, now prog-master, Tony Levin and others.
As it turned out, Kate and Anna McGarrigle's debut was very influential in country and country rock circles when it was current. After 30 years and many albums, they remain the finest active female Canadian vocalists. If you have not yet heard these ladies sing, its time to break down and order this. I'm glad I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is simply great folk music
I chose this rating because of the vocal harmonies on songs like the track,Talk to Me of Mendocino. The instrumentation definately showcases their Quebec heritage. Read more
Published 23 months ago by William Robert Kinney
5.0 out of 5 stars withstands the test of time
incredible music: touching, heartbreaking, funny , fun and melodic, with breathtaking harmonies. as fresh today as when i first heard it {was it 30 years ago? Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by Stephen R. Zimmermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet sentimental songs by two dear songbirds
Brings back 80's memories. So sorry one of the sisters recently passed away. Their songs will keep them alive
for years to come.
Published on July 25, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
If you love Folk Music and beautiful female voices this is for you. It has become one of my favorites.
Published on April 3, 2010 by I. A. Kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate and Anna
I learned about Kate and Anna about 30 years ago by reading about them in Rollingstone Magazine. We've never looked back. For me, they are the best. Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by Fayeroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Kate and Anna!
This is truly an upbeat, fun, beautifully mastered piece. I think the best of their albums over all. It's one I never tire of hearing and play it constantly. Read more
Published on September 18, 2009 by Marti C. Temple
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Music From The Northern Branch
Over the past period this writer has reviewed the music of Loudon Wainwright III, the late Utah Phillips, his very much alive old friend Rosalie Sorrels and now the McGarrigle... Read more
Published on July 24, 2009 by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential and beguiling
This disc is an essential for anybody with an ear. The material and production values have held up beautifully over time; and the performances are first rate: the layers of... Read more
Published on June 27, 2009 by Harrry D. Schier
4.0 out of 5 stars Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Beautiful songs sung with intricate harmonies. Had not heard them for many years and was delighted to come across them again.
Published on June 12, 2008 by W. Gardiner
5.0 out of 5 stars All time all stars
There isn't much to add to the comments here, other than to say it's really no surprise to find such unanimity. Read more
Published on April 16, 2008 by R. Myhr
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