Angels Running

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All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
As she churns out quality albums and engaging performances like clockwork, you have to wonder why Patty Larkin is one of the most overlooked, underrated singer/songwriters around. Perhaps she is destined to lead the "underground" folk movement alongside Ellis Paul, John Gorka, and Dar Williams, rather than break through to the masses à la Shawn Colvin. Either way, with 1993's Angels Running, Larkin continues the good fight, penning some fantastic tunes and delivering them with a fine blend of class and humor. In songs such as "Who Holds Your Hand" and "I Told Him That My Dog Wouldn't Run," she both questions and embraces faith, in whatever form it takes. The latter ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
As she churns out quality albums and engaging performances like clockwork, you have to wonder why Patty Larkin is one of the most overlooked, underrated singer/songwriters around. Perhaps she is destined to lead the "underground" folk movement alongside Ellis Paul, John Gorka, and Dar Williams, rather than break through to the masses à la Shawn Colvin. Either way, with 1993's Angels Running, Larkin continues the good fight, penning some fantastic tunes and delivering them with a fine blend of class and humor. In songs such as "Who Holds Your Hand" and "I Told Him That My Dog Wouldn't Run," she both questions and embraces faith, in whatever form it takes. The latter piece details an encounter with an old flame who has been distanced emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The character struggles with his demons by reading the Bible every day, searching for his salvation, having lost who he once was. With her added harmonies, Mary-Chapin Carpenter is the perfect grounding point in this poignant tale. It's the kind of song you'll listen to many times as you dig through the layers of emotion. Never to bog things down for too long, Larkin counteracts the sentimental stuff with her unfailing sense of humor in "Might As Well Dance" and her keen observations in "Pundits & Poets." If you have ever seen her perform live, you might remember her talent for impressions that has thusly been recorded in "Channeling Marlene," as in Dietrich. Angels Running is pure Patty Larkin from "Banish Misfortune/Open Hand," an instrumental showcase, to "Helen," a story lifted from New England's coastal heritage. Every ounce of this record reflects a piece of who she is. It didn't top any charts, but being a cult hero isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1993
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 729021031823
  • Catalog Number: 10318
  • Sales rank: 6,488

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who Holds Your Hand (3:04)
  2. 2 Do Not Disturb (4:03)
  3. 3 Good Thing (4:33)
  4. 4 Banish Misfortune/Open Hand (2:00)
  5. 5 Might as Well Dance (3:17)
  6. 6 Ain't That as Good (3:10)
  7. 7 Helen (4:00)
  8. 8 I Told Him That My Dog Wouldn't Run (2:41)
  9. 9 Pundits and Poets (4:23)
  10. 10 Booth of Glass (4:24)
  11. 11 Winter Wind (3:20)
  12. 12 Channeling Marlene (0:26)
  13. 13 Video (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patty Larkin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Champion Jack Dupree Background Vocals
Michael Manring Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar, Ebo
Glen Velez Percussion
Casselberry-Du Pree Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Jonatha Brooke Background Vocals
Mary Chapin Carpenter Background Vocals
Judith Casselberry Background Vocals
Catharine David Background Vocals
Richard Gates Bass
Milt Grayson Background Vocals
Jennifer Kimball Background Vocals
Curtis King Background Vocals
John Leventhal Bass, Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Bazouki, 6-string bass, String Bass
Madeline Background Vocals
Dennis McDermott Bass, Percussion, Drums, Fretless Bass Guitar, Ebo
Ben Wisch Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Tambourine
Kenny Williams Background Vocals
Jacqué Dupreé Background Vocals
Ken Williams Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
John Leventhal Producer, Contributor
Roger Moutenot Engineer
Bette Warner Contributor
Ben Wisch Producer, Engineer
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