Love to Live

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Equal parts doo wop, vocal jazz, and Norman Rockwell-era Americana, Love to Live is a product of another time, an album that wouldn't seem out of place on the phonograph of some postwar American living room. It's a clever premise, really -- assemble three L.A.-based songbirds into one girl group, give them a copy of the Andrews Sisters' 50th Anniversary Collection, and see what happens -- and the gamble pleasantly works, resulting in a neo-nostalgia album that places the Living Sisters alongside a number of other vintage-minded groups. Like She & Him, the Living Sisters devote most of their time to an amalgam of retro sounds and forgotten genres, infusing a little ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Equal parts doo wop, vocal jazz, and Norman Rockwell-era Americana, Love to Live is a product of another time, an album that wouldn't seem out of place on the phonograph of some postwar American living room. It's a clever premise, really -- assemble three L.A.-based songbirds into one girl group, give them a copy of the Andrews Sisters' 50th Anniversary Collection, and see what happens -- and the gamble pleasantly works, resulting in a neo-nostalgia album that places the Living Sisters alongside a number of other vintage-minded groups. Like She & Him, the Living Sisters devote most of their time to an amalgam of retro sounds and forgotten genres, infusing a little contemporary appeal into the mix but always remaining focused on the past, not the present. And like most mid-century girl groups, they all have specific roles to play: Inara George is the unspoken leader, Eleni Mandell is the brainy workhorse of the album's eight original tunes, four are her own, and Becky Stark is the cute ingénue, the Baby Spice of the boomer generation. All three have demonstrated their ability to sing with other groups, and the close harmonies on Love to Live are virtually flawless, particularly on album highlights like "Don't Let the Sun Go Down" and "Double Knots."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707804226
  • Catalog Number: 78042
  • Sales rank: 115,845

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Living Sisters Primary Artist
Barbara Gruska Drums
Don Heffington Drums
David Ralicke Saxophone
Inara George Acoustic Guitar, Group Member
Eleni Mandell Acoustic Guitar, Group Member
Sheldon Gomberg Bass
Danny McGough Keyboards
Aaron Embry Keyboards, Sounds
Joshua Grange Pedal Steel Guitar
Becky Stark Group Member
Steve Gregoropoulos Keyboards
Jeremy Drake Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Bessie Smith Composer
Mark Chalecki Mastering
Inara George Composer
Eleni Mandell Composer
Sheldon Gomberg Producer, Engineer
Becky Stark Composer
Carrie Smith Art Direction
The Living Sisters Producer
Larry Harrison Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Living Sisters

    I heard these three women interviewd on NPR, with snippets of their singing featured. It piqued my interest enough to just go ahead and buy the album - one for myself and one for friends. The three-part harmony is reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters, who I know of through my parents. The songs are beautiful and the vocals are captivating. If you want some music that will soothe your soul and ease your mind, this album is the one for you. My only regret is that the album is not long enough.

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