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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Many veteran artists have taken to re-recording some of their finest songs with new twists put on them. Veteran songwriter and guitarist Patty Larkin is the latest to join the procession. The 25 tracks on this set represent aspects of her writing and recording career thus far. As the subtitle suggests, these are all love songs, and include friends to to aid and abet her in the endeavor. The list is impressive: Martin Sexton, Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega, Bruce Cockburn, Jonatha Brooke, Jennifer Kimball, Lucy Kaplansky, Erin McKeown, Greg Brown, Beppe Gambetta, the Nields, Chris Smither, Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and more. The possible ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Many veteran artists have taken to re-recording some of their finest songs with new twists put on them. Veteran songwriter and guitarist Patty Larkin is the latest to join the procession. The 25 tracks on this set represent aspects of her writing and recording career thus far. As the subtitle suggests, these are all love songs, and include friends to to aid and abet her in the endeavor. The list is impressive: Martin Sexton, Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega, Bruce Cockburn, Jonatha Brooke, Jennifer Kimball, Lucy Kaplansky, Erin McKeown, Greg Brown, Beppe Gambetta, the Nields, Chris Smither, Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and more. The possible trap for a collection like this is that this "new" retrospective" is already bound by nostalgia, as these tracks come from ten previous albums. It does transcend this because Larkin, despite not being particularly well-known for her love songs, writes exceptional ones. Her guitar style is signature, rooted in old-school folk traditions and the grit of the acoustic blues. Lyrically, she avoids cliches at all times, and infuses her words with metaphors and images that stretch at the form. Check "The Cranes," with David Wilcox, where Larkin uses the natural world as a backdrop of winter turning into spring with all its atmospheric blessings then calmly contrasts this with her protagonist's plea of desperation. "Brazil," with Chris Smither's trademark bass vocal, creates an unforgettable portrait of impossible lovers leaving their individual worlds to inhabit a new one, without the resolution that they will every meet, let alone become a couple. "Pablo Neruda," with Vega, is a breezy look at the poet's view of love as eternal -- even after the honeymoon's over. On "Here," The contrast between Larkin's voice and Brown's deep bass mumble brings elements of the jazz standard into an age-old Celtic melody. The reminiscence in "St. Augustine" and its metaphors is pricelessly poetic. For Larkin's fans, 25 is a way to revisit the past while aurally observing how deeply and fully the singer lives inside her songs as she grows. With its sparse, clean, warm production, this is a fine introduction for the newcomer, to an artist who may not be a household name, but who has consistently pushed at her own boundaries of excellence to become the thing itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Signature Sounds
  • UPC: 701237202822
  • Catalog Number: 2028
  • Sales rank: 169,673

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lately - Martin Sexton (3:36)
  2. 2 Only One - Jonatha Brooke (4:53)
  3. 3 Open Arms - Bruce Cockburn (4:12)
  4. 4 The Cranes - David Wilcox (3:14)
  5. 5 Closest Thing (2:17)
  6. 6 Hallelujah - Shawn Colvin (4:13)
  7. 7 Coming Up For Air - Jennifer Kimball (4:16)
  8. 8 Tango - Lucy Kaplansky (4:57)
  9. 9 You & Me - Willy Porter (5:12)
  10. 10 Brazil (2:44)
  11. 11 Island Of Time - Cheryl Wheeler (3:08)
  12. 12 Cupid's Knee (6:01)
  13. 13 Home - Birdsong At Morning (2:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pablo Neruda - Suzanne Vega (4:15)
  2. 2 Beautiful - Erin McKeown (3:07)
  3. 3 Booth Of Glass - Peter Mulvey (3:29)
  4. 4 Good Thing - Dar Williams (4:51)
  5. 5 Deja Vu (3:09)
  6. 6 Inside Your Painting - Merrie Amsterburg (3:23)
  7. 7 Chained To These Lovin' Arms - Mary Chapin Carpenter (4:49)
  8. 8 Italian Shoes - Janis Ian (3:23)
  9. 9 Here (2:34)
  10. 10 St. Augustine - Beppe Gambetta (5:19)
  11. 11 Lost & Found - The She-Ias (3:38)
  12. 12 I'm Fine - The Nields (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patty Larkin Primary Artist
Chris Smither Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Rosanne Cash Vocals, Guest Appearance
Greg Brown Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Catie Curtis Vocals, Guest Appearance
John Gorka Vocals, Guest Appearance
Cheryl Wheeler Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bruce Cockburn Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Shawn Colvin Vocals, Guest Appearance
Janis Ian Vocals, Guest Appearance
Suzanne Vega Vocals, Guest Appearance
Dar Williams Vocals, Guest Appearance
Lucy Kaplansky Vocals, Guest Appearance
The Nields Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jonatha Brooke Mandolin, Vocals, Toy Piano, Guest Appearance
Mary Chapin Carpenter Vocals, Guest Appearance
Catharine David Group Member
Jennifer Kimball Vocals, Guest Appearance
Greg Porter Group Member
Darleen Wilson Group Member
Beppe Gambetta Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Guest Appearance
Willy Porter Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
David Wilcox Ukulele, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Martin Sexton Vocals, Guest Appearance
Peter Mulvey Vocals, Guest Appearance
Merrie Amsterburg Mandolin, Vocals, Toy Piano, Guest Appearance, Group Member
Katryna Nields Group Member
Sheila Larkin Group Member
Nerissa Nields Group Member
Erin McKeown Organ, Piano, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Allan Williams Group Member
Birdsong At Morning Bass, Vocals, Guest Appearance
The She-Ias Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
John Gorka Engineer
Patty Larkin Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer
Chris Hunter Engineer
Tom Dube Engineer
Fred Remmert Engineer
Bette Warner Executive Producer, Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer
Ben Wittman Engineer
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Frank Gallagher Producer
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
David Wilcox Engineer
Martin Sexton Whistle
Peter Mulvey Engineer
Merrie Amsterburg Engineer
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Neil McGrory Engineer
Jana Leon Cover Photo
Jesse Nichols Engineer
Colin Bricker Engineer
Brandon Bell Engineer
Peter Linton Engineer
Allan Williams Engineer
David Chalfant Engineer
25 Friends Producer
Roberto Vigo Engineer
Liam Craig Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Patty Larkin Rules

    Patty Larkin is a guitar virtuoso of the highest order. Her rhythms are complex, interesting and above all entertaining. She has a lovely voice that is paired well with her friends on these tracks. Her song writing is thoughtful, funny, timely, rhythmic and it rocks. She is a multi talented singer, song writer and guitar player. Her guitar playing is searing and at times beyond belief in its excellence. Her talented friends that accompany her on this album are also worth getting to know and complement her well. This is a great album for anyone who is unfamiliar with Patty's work or for the Patty fan it is a must. 25 great songs by 25 great artists and the key anchor to the work the fabulous Patty Larkin. Buy this album and enjoy one this worlds most talented singer songwriters. If you don't know Patty's work than you haven't lived, she is a force. She is awesome and so is 25.

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