- Audio CD (4 July 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Wea
- ASIN: B000026HDP
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle Import
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Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle
If you know Linda Ronstadt's version of "Heart Like a Wheel", you are duty-bound to seek out the source. These Canadian sister songwriters' original version--the highlight of their self-titled debut--has a fragile elegance that, over the course of three minutes, will break, mend and break your heart again. But the pain in McGarrigle's quiet songs--piano, banjo and guitar provide much of the accompaniment--is always sweet. Their double and triple harmonies are the sound of dreams and their lyrical sensibility is as timeless and effortless as that of a Carter Family song. --Roy Kasten
Top Customer Reviews
There was a cracking review of this album in ZigZag magazine - so, as a 17 year old, I bought it. I can remember playing it at school (probably in between others who were into Gong or Eddie and the Hot Rods (it was that kind of year - you could watch the Clash one week and Stackridge the next!) - and can remember the stunned silence. People who would shortly be clad in bondage trousers and safety pins and others wearing tea-cosy hats and kaftans united in listening to banjo, fiddle and accordion music - and those stunning harmonies.
Thirty years on, this remains one of the best debut recordings ever. The simplicity and authenticity of the production by Joe Boyd focus attention on the songs which are quite simply awesome: Heart Like a Wheel and Talk to Me of Mendocino are definitive versions while Kiss and say Goodbye and Go Leave are warm,humane, touching and emotionally direct.
Even the covers of the traditional Travellin' on for Jesus and Wainwright's Swimming Song are better than many artists achieve in their whole career.
I have yet to meet anyone who's listened to this album and found it anything other than great! The McGarrigles have never appeared to take the blindest bit of notice of musical fashion - and this attitude has clearly set up kate's kids Martha and Rufus to have musical wisdom beyond their years!
You will not regret owning this album of songs!
I have since acquired an earlier CD issue (Warner, 1994 - the back cover is half black and half white) which sounds just fine. It also has the song texts in the insert, unlike the Rhino issue. So if you like this music, I would suggest seeking out this earlier issue.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some years ago I was driving from The Wirral to London listening to Jonathan Ross's Saturday morning radio show. Jonathan's guest was Rufus Wainwright. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Westlondoner
I find the McGarrigle sisters' music almost unbearably poignant. Their harmony singing is delicate and beautiful and there songs, some in French are filled with yearning and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mustard Man
Thanks. Cd was o.k. And very fast delivering. So my Sister could take this surprise to our Brother in Australia.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Was replacing damaged cd. So knew exactly what I wanted. Many thanks.Published 18 months ago by B Grant
The McGarrigle sisters are old favourites of mine and this purchase was for someone else to celebrate a special birthday. Read morePublished 19 months ago by S E G