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The Mcgarrigle Christmas Hour [CD]

Kate & Anna McGarrigle Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000B9EYD4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Seven Joys of MaryKate & Anna Mcgarrigle 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Old Waits CarolKate & Anna Mcgarrigle 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. O Little Town of BethlehemEmmylou Harris 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Il est né/Ça bergersKate & Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Lily Lanken 4:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. What Are You Doing New Year's EveRufus Wainwright 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rebel JesusMartha Wainwright, Lily Lanken 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Some Children See HimRufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Merry Christmas and Happy New YearMartha Wainwright 4:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Counting StarsKate & Anna Mcgarrigle 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Spotlight on ChristmasRufus Wainwright 3:22Album Only
Listen11. Wise MenKate & Anna Mcgarrigle 4:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Port Starboard SoxKate & Anna Mcgarrigle 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. God Rest Ye Merry ChristmasKate & Anna Mcgarrigle 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Blue ChristmasChaim Tannenbaum 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Kate and Anna McGarrgile have a storied recording career that spans a slate of five-star albums that includes original music and songs from the French Canadian world, American ragtime and other "old world" genres. They would appear to be quaint to most ears if they weren't so damn good at blending the past and their modern sensibilities in memorable verse and song. Enter their Christmas record into that same framework, as the sisters and a few friends (Emmylou Harris) and family members (Rufus and Martha Wainwright are the children of Kate)mix up the old and new. The French song "Il Est Ne" is rounded out with a shimmering round of vocal backing harmonies while Rufus' "Spotlight on Christmas" (penned a couple years ago) and his wonderfully fey reading of "What Are Your Doing Christmas Eve?" prove to be just three highlights of another five-star effort. Although it will be an acquired taste to some, the McGarrigle Christmas Hour is like spending quality time in Kate and Anna’s parlor. There the piano, fiddles, other instruments and friendly voices are ready to satisfy with old world charm that could never be mistaken for old school insignificance. --Martin Keller

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For acclaimed singer-songwriters Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Christmas is about home and hearth and so too is Christmas music. Taking their cue from The McGarrigle Hour, their award-winning 1998 album of folk favorites, the sisters and their extended musical family renew the warm and intimate spirit of the holiday season with The McGarrigle Christmas Hour, an eclectic and glorious album of fresh originals, timelss classics, and contemporary favorites.

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Kate and Anna McGarrigle never became major stars but I get the impression that they never really wanted to. They record music for fun and if they can make money out of it - well - that's a bonus. At least, that's how it seems to me. They were born in the 1940's in the Montreal area of Canada, so they were raised on a mixture of musical styles including French and English traditional folk music. Another sister, Jane, sang with them for a while when they were starting out.
Kate and Anna first came to public attention as songwriters in the early seventies after Linda Ronstadt (Heart like a wheel) and Maria Muldaur (The work song) each recorded one of their songs. Although Kate and Anna recorded their first album in the mid-seventies, this is (I think) only their eighth album to date. So Kate and Anna are not exactly prolific, but they enjoy what they do and never compromise on quality or style.
This album finds the duo singing Christmas songs with family and friends. Kate was married for a while to Loudon Wainwright III (the folk singer and satirist whose album, Social Studies, I reviewed a long time ago) and their marriage produced Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Lily and Dane Lanken, Emmylou Harris and Chaim Tannenbaum are among the other guests who have long-standing connections to Kate and Anna, either as relations or simply as friends. Now I can't help thinking that they missed a trick with this album - surely the majority of the singers (without Chaim) should have recorded O Tannenbaum and dedicated it to Chaim? Never mind, the music here is brilliant anyway.
Kate and Anna are happy to play comparatively minor roles for much of the album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Gift from the Wainwrights et al. 30 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful, evocative Christmas album, from the nostalgic cover photos to the last note on the CD. I'm a big fan of Rufus and Martha, but Kate and Anna make a great contribution to this too. It is perhaps a little too eclectic, stylistically, hence the loss of one star, but stick it on on the first of December and Christmas is here. Personal favourites are Port Starboard Sox, Rebel Jesus, the beautiful Counting Stars (a Tom Waits-style spoken account of a loser who never makes it home for Christmas - absolutely heartbreaking) and especially Rufus' Spotlight On Christmas - one of his finest songs, and a great vocal performance.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real surprise 9 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Normally I would file Christmas albums in the bin but found this for almost nothing (£[...]) in a sale and couldn't resist. I love the McGarrigles's music - though you'd hardly know Kate and Anna were on this. Very restrained, downbeat and verging on the amateurish at times (try the solo singing on track 1), it's quite wonderful. And it avoids the mawkish in its folk-rooted style. Excellent choice of songs (the Jackson Browne cover is particularly well-done) and arrangements. Not enough French though - maybe the kids can't do it.

Can't give it five stars because of the word 'Christmas'! The family photos included are pretty bad too. But I guess that's part of the deal: nothing is pretended or overdone.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Family style singalong. 20 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Disappointing to me, as I had heard a very good track on the radio, but it turned out to be the best of the batch. The rest were pleasant enough, but not what I was hoping for.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A family Christmas album in every sense of the word 17 Nov 2005
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Kate and Anna McGarrigle never became major stars but I get the impression that they never really wanted to. They record music for fun and if they can make money out of it - well - that's a bonus. At least, that's how it seems to me. They were born in the 1940's in the Montreal area of Canada, so they were raised on a mixture of musical styles including French and English traditional folk music. Another sister, Jane, sang with them for a while when they were starting out.

Kate and Anna first came to public attention as songwriters in the early seventies after Linda Ronstadt (Heart like a wheel) and Maria Muldaur (The work song) each recorded one of their songs. Although Kate and Anna recorded their first album in the mid-seventies, this is (I think) only their eighth album to date. So Kate and Anna are not exactly prolific, but they enjoy what they do and never compromise on quality or style.

This album finds the duo singing Christmas songs with family and friends. Kate was married for a while to Loudon Wainwright III (the folk singer and satirist whose album, Social Studies, I reviewed a long time ago) and their marriage produced Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Lily and Dane Lanken, Emmylou Harris and Chaim Tannenbaum are among the other guests who have long-standing connections to Kate and Anna, either as relations or simply as friends. Now I can't help thinking that they missed a trick with this album - surely the majority of the singers (without Chaim) should have recorded O Tannenbaum and dedicated it to Chaim? Never mind, the music here is brilliant anyway.

Kate and Anna are happy to play comparatively minor roles for much of the album. You have to wait until track 11 (Wise men) to hear Kate sing lead vocal for the only time with Anna's only lead vocal coming on track 12 (Port starboard sox) although both join in the singing on most of the other tracks.

The album mostly avoids the well-known chestnuts. Emmylou sings lead on O little town of Bethlehem (a song that she originally recorded for her own Christmas album, Light of the stable) and proves that she is still in great voice, although the intervening years have changed her voice slightly. What are you doing New Year's eve (sung by Rufus), God rest ye merry gentlemen (sung as a choir without a credited lead singer) and Blue Christmas (sung by Chaim) are the only other famous songs here. Some children see him (sung by Rufus and Martha) and Rebel Jesus (a Jackson Browne track sung by Lily and Martha) will also be familiar to some people. The remaining songs are either traditional songs that I've not heard before or they are originals written by one or more of the singers participating on the album.

While this album is rooted in folk music, its appeal goes far beyond folk music. Indeed, I found this album on display in the window of a record store that I don't normally bother browsing in because other stores have (supposedly) more to offer somebody with my musical tastes. Yes, the variety of voices provided by Kate and Anna, their family and friends ensure that this is an album with something for everybody, which will work well as background music but which sounds even better if you give it dedicated attention.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They used bells 18 Nov 2005
By Kuzcolike - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Stumbled into my local music store today without much of a purpose. I definitely had no intention of buying a Christmas cd. I find most of them too Christmas-y. However, as I looked over the display of Christmas cds (mostly to see what horrors had been added this year), I found, to my delight, that the McGarrigles had released a Christmas cd which features most of the players from their McGarrigle Hour from a few years ago. I am a dedicated fan of that cd, and of her son, Rufus Wainwright, so I decided on the spot to purchase the cd. It has been in my cd player for the last few hours, playing over and over again. I have not skipped a song, which I must confess, I sometimes do with the original McGarrigle Hour. None of these songs disappoint, which is especially surprising because I'm not really a fan of Martha. But even her song, "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year", is excellent. Her version of Jackson Browne's "Rebel Santa", which she performs with her cousin Lily Lanken, is simply amazing. Other outstanding tracks include Rufus' "Spotlight on Christmas", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "Port Starboard Sox" (a very unusual Christmas song). This is an alternative Christmas cd without being Alternative.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most talented musical family since the original Carters 20 Dec 2005
By opentuned - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's a joy, what more can be said, really, a little something for everyone, whether your Christmas is a happy occasion or you're eating your turkey loaf alone by a candle. The harmonies and music are impeccable, the song choices stellar, and the family is cut from pure genius. Many highlights, Rufus in particular in fine form , a nice visit from Emmylou Harris, and Kate and Anna note-perfect as usual, yet the honors for top track go to Lily Lanken and Martha Wainwright on an utterly brilliant take on Jackson Browne's "Rebel Jesus", which is so amazing I can't do it justice in mere words. A unique Christmas album, sweet and pure yet with a definite edge. Gorgeous.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expand Your Holiday Music with the McGarrigles 4 Dec 2005
By Virginia Allain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I found out about this album from an Orlando Sentinel review. They particularly liked Emmylou Harris' contribution on "O Little Town of Bethlehem," but it's hard to choose a favorite. Others participating in the music are Martha and Rufus Wainwright (Kate McGarrigle's children).

Once you listen to the CD, you'll agree with Jim Abbott/Orlando Sentinel, "there's not a clinker on this beautiful holiday collection."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect sound clips/titles 28 Dec 2005
By FuzzyIzzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Simply a wonderful Christmas CD and quite interesting, especially Rufus and Martha. If you can get past the mish mash of incorrect sound clips/titles in this Amazon listing, buy the CD. You'll be happy you did.
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