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"Tell My Sister"

Nonesuch Records releases Tell My Sister, a special three-disc set comprising remastered versions of Kate and Anna McGarrigle’s beloved 1976 self-titled debut; its equally praised 1977 follow-up, Dancer with Bruised Knees; and a collection of previously unreleased songs, including solo and duo demos, on May 3, 2011. Joe Boyd, who produced the ... Read more in Amazon's Kate & Anna McGarrigle Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B000000611
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Entre Lajeunesse Et La Sagesse
2. Complainte Pour Ste Catherine
3. Mais Quand Tu Danses
4. Cheminant A La Ville
5. Excursion A Venise
6. En Filant Ma Quenouille
7. La Belle S'est Etourdie
8. Naufragee Du Tendre
9. Avant La Guerre
10. A Boire
11. Prends Ton Manteau

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I don't understand a word of French but this album never fails to move me on a deep emotional level. Unlike their other albums that I'm familiar with, the mood here is uplifting without the usual undertones of sadness. Every song is great, but my favourites are Entre Lajeunesse ..., Complainte pour St. Catherine, Excursion a Venise (with its references to St Frances of Assisi), En filant ma qenouille. Heavenly harmonies, addictive melodies, this music is a burst of happiness and heartfelt joy. If I knew French, I would sing along as I listened!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. M. H. Langen on 20 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this record because I knew some of the songs, Complainte pour Ste Cathérine, Une excursion à Vénise and Entre la jeunesse et la sagesse and I wanted to hear more. I'm not really a folk fan, but the combination of the beautiful harmonies with the French lyrics create a great atmosphere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I don't understand a word of French but this album always moves me on a deep emotional level. Unlike their other work that I'm familiar with the mood here is uplifting, mostly lacking the usual melancholy undertones. Every song is great, but my favorites are the slow Entre Lajeunesse et La Sagesse - about a street in Montreal, the lilting Complainte Pour St. Catherine - another street in the same city, Excursion a Venise, about a courtship in a string of small towns, and En Filant Ma Qenouille.

There are tender ballads like Cheminant a La Ville and uptempo rhythmic tracks like the aforementioned Excursion to Venice and the buoyant La Belle S'est Etourdie. The instrumentation is a mix of traditional and folk/rock that includes accordion, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, horns, organ, mandolin, piano, drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitars. With its heavenly harmonies and compelling melodies this music is like a burst of happiness and heartfelt joy. If I knew French, I would sing along as I listened.
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Fantastic album (even if you don't speak french)So sad that Kate has now left us.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kent Shelley on 10 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is an album I've bought several times, given it as a gift to friends, and re-bought it again for myself. It's not just 'folk', it's not just 'french songs' - the sisters mostly sang in English, I believe - it's uniquely Kate and Anna performing brilliantly in their 'other' language. (They're Canadian).
There's a special poetry to their lyrics that comes out whether you speak french or not. I speak a bit and adore their crafting of words in both languages. A little quirkyness sometimes creeps in, with songs like "Entre La Jeunesse et La Sagesse", for instance, where the chorus seems to say, "between youth and old age there is a metro stop, 2 repair shops, a handyman and a poster of Brigitte Bardot - between youth and old age..." But I think I'd have to let you find out why for yourselves - don't like to take the fun out of surprises.
And I love the sadness and poignancy of "Prends ton manteau" (Take your coat - your shoes, your worries, stroll slowly in the sleeping morning...) But done in quite an upbeat way with an interesting combination of acoustic instruments and excellent harmony. So, what could be just sad becomes uplifting. - Later named "Pronto Monto" by, I believe, English speaking recording engineers.
Buy it!
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