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McGarrigle Hour
     

The McGarrigle Hour

by Kate & Anna McGarrigle
 

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An interesting idea, given the talented family tree of the McGarrigle Sisters: Gather the family together (including Kate's ex-husband Loudon Wainwright) and record a CD as they play the family piano and sing traditional folk tunes, originals, and old pop standards. Add in some friends (

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An interesting idea, given the talented family tree of the McGarrigle Sisters: Gather the family together (including Kate's ex-husband Loudon Wainwright) and record a CD as they play the family piano and sing traditional folk tunes, originals, and old pop standards. Add in some friends (Emmylou Harris turning in a stirring vocal on "Skip Rope Song"), Linda Ronstadt, and Chaim Tannenbaum, and the end result is a pleasant yet somewhat mediocre CD. But even a mediocre release from this family has several redeeming qualities. Kate and Anna's harmonies have never sounded tighter, and the choice of using Joe Boyd as producer (he produced their first two albums) was a good one, as he seems able to highlight their vocals and harmonies. There are some truly amazing songs as well, especially when they tackle pure, traditional folk tunes. Loudon Wainwright's "Schooldays," the opening track, is an early highlight, featuring great vocals and a great tune. The traditional folk song "Dig My Grave," featuring Chaim Tannenbaum, is chilling, and Anna's version of her own "Cool River" is incredibly moving -- all beautiful songs. The problem with this album is that there are no new songs, which is a real shame since this is the follow-up to 1996's brilliant Matapedia. This may be a small complaint, as the songs all mean something to the family, as evidenced in the notes in the package. Overall, however, a good album, but not the best release from the McGarrigles.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/1998
Label:
Hannibal
UPC:
0031257141727
catalogNumber:
571417
Rank:
51892

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Performance Credits

Kate & Anna McGarrigle   Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Dane Lanken   Vocals
Anna McGarrigle   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Vocals
Chaim Tannenbaum   Mandolin,Vocals
Joel Zifkin   Violin
Kate McGarrigle   Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Vocals
Martha Wainwright   Guitar,Vocals
Rufus Wainwright   Piano,Vocals
Michel Pepin   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin
John McColgan   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

John Wood   Engineer
Joe Boyd   Producer
Dane Lanken   Arranger
Anna McGarrigle   Arranger
Chaim Tannenbaum   Arranger
Kate McGarrigle   Arranger

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