Life Is Large [Bonus Tracks]

Life Is Large [Bonus Tracks]

by The Kennedys
     
 

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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 --See more details below

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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:
01/01/1996
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0030206650327
catalogNumber:
5637358324
Rank:
189440

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kennedys   Primary Artist
John Gorka   Vocals
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,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Carl Davis   Group Member
Stu Voorman   Bass
Carl Davis   Group Member
Stumpy Joe   Drums

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Dave Bell   Engineer
Brian 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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