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Oddities [CD]

Kate & Anna McGarrigle Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Querbeservice
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Log Driver's Waltz
2. Was My Brother In The Battle
3. Gentle Annie
4. Lullaby For A Doll
5. Better Times Are Coming
6. My Mother Is The Ocean Sea
7. Louis The Cat
8. Parlez-nous a Boire
9. As Fast As My Feet
10. A la Claire Fontaine
11. Ah May The Red Rose
12. You Tell Me That I'm Falling Down

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (Almost) Forgotten treasures 6 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
Culled from their extensive personal archive of songs they 'liked a lot', these twelve brilliant tracks from the legendary Kate & Anna McGarrigle, "Odditties", are a treat for every fan who thought Kate's passing would result in the end of their output. Recorded in the duo's prime, between 1973 and 1990, some are demos (although that doesn't mean they sound in any way inferior), some are different versions to those already in the market - one thing they all have in common is that they are equally delightful and previously unreleased.

For those who can't read the front cover image, which is where the titles are listed, this CD contains:

1. Was my brother in the battle (Stephen Foster)
2. Better times are coming (Stephen Foster)
3. Gentle Annie (Stephen Foster)
4. Ah may the red rose (Stephen Foster)
5. The log driver's waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
6. My mother is the ocean sea (Wade Hemsworth)
7. As fast as my feet (Anna McGarrigle & Chaim Tannenbaum)
8. A la claire fontaine (Traditional)
9. Parlez-nous a boire (Dewey Balfa)
10.Lullaby for a doll (Kate McGarrigle)
11.Louis the cat (Anna McGarrigle & Audrey Bean)
12.You tell me that I'm falling down (Anna McGarrigle & C.S. Holland)

For fans of these singers, whose unique harmonies and clever songs are hard to match, this is a wonderful treasure chest of material that might never have seen the light of day. The CD provides no information on the provenance of each track, but if you are interested you can look at the McGarrigle website where Anna provides some interesting background.

If you like any of Kate & Anna's albums, you will love this.

Most highly recommended.

PS I'm still holding out for a CD release of 'Pronto Monto' - properly remastered too :)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss and say goodbye 11 April 2011
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Compiled by Anna as a tribute to her late sister, this is a joyous and triumphant collection of outtakes, demos, alternative versions and other material recorded over the years for various side projects, some of it already familiar to diehard fans and some previously unheard. But all of it still of the highest quality, a benchmark set by their stunning debut in 1975 and meticulously maintained over the decades.

The compilation follows the pattern of Kate & Anna's studio releases, some frolicking toe-tapping interspersed with sombre and often heartbreakingly beautiful ballads. OK, so the audio quality of "A La Claire Fontaine" - presumably a private recording never originally intended for commercial release - may be a bit on the ropey side and Kate's "Lullaby For A Doll" may be uncharacteristically mawkish but, even then, such is the quality of the performances that such minor infractions can readily be forgiven.

"Louis The Cat" sounds more like something that The Roches would have recorded in a throwaway moment, and in the absence of any sleeve notes it's fun trying to place the tracks in some kind of career chronological order but standing head and shoulders above everything else is Wade Hemsworth's sweeping, soaring, magnificent "My Mother is The Ocean Sea", an epic that should rightfully find a home on the inevitable "Best Of" collection one day.

Nonesuch Records are also reported to be releasing a box set consisting of remasters of the McGarrigles' first two albums with another disc of previously unreleased material that will doubtless also be worthy of investigation. The magic lives on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning rejects 7 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
Just thought I would add a comment to the review above. This is stunning and the Stephe Foster songs are exceptional performances that deserve a wide audience. For me their high point was their later career, Matapedia is jaw droppingly awesome and most of these tracks approach that quality. I am prayong for more to follow ... thanks Anna!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's What It Says On The Tin 17 July 2011
By lonniej
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is not a memorial to Kate but a round-up of leftovers, some more worthwhile than others. I hate to be less than wildly enthusiastic about the McGarrigles. I'll buy anything they offer. The tender voices could turn the telephone directory into melodious beauty. But these are 'Odditties' indeed, including four written by Stephen Foster and two by Wade Hemsworth. So not a plethora of new McGarrigles tunes, then. 'You Tell Me That I'm Falling Down' (recorded by Linda Ronstadt in the past) is the best of the bunch. However, there is a history to this collection. I suggest keen Kate & Anna adherents, like myself, go to Anna McGarrigle's website for detailed explanation. For newcomers, this is not the best place to start. The first two albums are absolulte gold-plated classics.
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