Life Is Large [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide
The Varese Sarabande reissue of Life Is Large by Pete and Maura Kennedy is a textbook case of how such recordings should be done. In addition to a gorgeous remastering job where the guitars literally ring out of the speakers, there are six bonus tracks. Four are acoustic versions of songs included on the record -- "Life Is Large," "Sirens," "One Heart, One Soul," and "St. Mark's Square" -- and two are new cuts from the same sessions, a dynamite read of the Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "She Just Don't Care," an original. Musically, Life Is Large dates very well seven years later -- not something many albums from the 1990s can boast. Musically, the Beatles and the Byrds are the cross-references for the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The Varese Sarabande reissue of Life Is Large by Pete and Maura Kennedy is a textbook case of how such recordings should be done. In addition to a gorgeous remastering job where the guitars literally ring out of the speakers, there are six bonus tracks. Four are acoustic versions of songs included on the record -- "Life Is Large," "Sirens," "One Heart, One Soul," and "St. Mark's Square" -- and two are new cuts from the same sessions, a dynamite read of the Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "She Just Don't Care," an original. Musically, Life Is Large dates very well seven years later -- not something many albums from the 1990s can boast. Musically, the Beatles and the Byrds are the cross-references for the Kennedys' larger than life jangle rock sound -- evidence of this is having Roger McGuinn guest on the title track. Other startling pop heroes who appear here are alt-country darling Kelly Willis, the dB's' Peter Holsapple and his wife Susan Cowsill yes, of the Cowsills -- perfect, huh?, Nils Lofgren, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and Texas songwriters Jimmy LaFave, Michael Fracasso, and Monte Warden. Maura Kennedy's singing is as deft and soulful as her husband Pete's guitaristry. Tracks like "Velvet Glove," "Sunday," "Heart of Darkness," and "Right as Rain" literally crackle with sparkling pop urgency. And in Maura's voice, singing a funeral dirge would come off as a meditation in optimism. But the hinge piece of the album is "One Heart, One Soul." Here the pair sing in close harmony about the rewards of marital union at a dark juncture in history. They are strident, upright, and stalwart, singing with the commitment of the Everly Brothers. They are breathless in their conviction and their chorus of guests chimes in, just under Pete and Lofgren's guitars, as the track is lifted off the rails into the heavens. It's an awesome moment on a brilliant recording. Fans should also check out the remastered version of their debut, River of Fallen Stars
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1996
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 030206650327
  • Catalog Number: 5637358324
  • Sales rank: 193,651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Life Is Large (4:19)
  2. 2 Velvet Glove (2:49)
  3. 3 St. Mark's Square (2:54)
  4. 4 Sunday (3:08)
  5. 5 Heart of Darkness - Pete Kennedy (2:40)
  6. 6 One Heart, One Soul (4:14)
  7. 7 Mystery (3:12)
  8. 8 Tribe (2:45)
  9. 9 I'm Not You (3:18)
  10. 10 Right as Rain (3:33)
  11. 11 Blackberry Rain (2:40)
  12. 12 Sirens (4:19)
  13. 13 Life Is Large (4:05)
  14. 14 She Just Don't Care (3:17)
  15. 15 One Heart, One Soul (3:09)
  16. 16 St. Mark's Square (2:58)
  17. 17 Sirens (3:55)
  18. 18 And Your Bird Can Sing (2:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Kennedys Primary Artist
John Gorka Vocals
The Dixie Hummingbirds Vocals
Nils Lofgren Guitar, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Charlie Sexton Bouzouki, Cumbus
Eric Ambel Electric Guitar
Michael Fracasso Vocals
Monte Warden Vocals
Howard Carroll Group Member
Susan Cowsill Vocals
Peter Holsapple Vocals
Pete Kennedy Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Sitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar, Log Drums, Guitar (Rickenbacker), Group Member
Jimmy LaFave Vocals
Roger McGuinn 12-string Guitar, Guitar (Rickenbacker)
Paul Owens Group Member
Vince Santoro Drums
Ira Tucker Group Member
Starz Vander Lockett Percussion
Wade Matthews Bass
Maura Kennedy Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Carl Davis Group Member
Stu Voorman Bass
Carl Davis Group Member
Stumpy Joe Jr. Drums
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Dave Bell Engineer
Eno Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Pete Kennedy Composer, Producer, Engineer, Reissue Producer
Daniel Lanois Composer
Ken Latchney Engineer
Cary E. Mansfield Reissue Producer
Jim Robeson Engineer
Jimmie Curtis Engineer
Maura Kennedy Composer, Engineer, Reissue Producer, Backwards Recording
Brian Wittman Art Direction
Herb Belofsky Engineer
Marc Fenton Liner Notes
Ray Kennedy Engineer
Shilpa Patel Engineer
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