Kate & Anna McGarrigle

Kate & Anna McGarrigle

by Kate & Anna McGarrigle


Debut albums simply aren't supposed to be as accomplished and beautifully crafted as Kate & Anna McGarrigle's first record, which is as lovely and superbly realized as folk-rock gets. While producers Joe Boyd and Greg Prestopino assembled an all-star crew to back up the McGarrigle sisters (including Lowell George, Tony Levin, Steve Gadd, and Bobby Keys), nothing steals the spotlight away from Kate and Anna, both of whom sing with a pure clarity that's never so pretty it fails to reflect the real world, harmonize with an uncanny grace, and write songs that are clever, witty, wise, and often deeply moving. Lots of folkies have written movingly about the troubling ties of home (as in "My Town" and "Talk to Me of Mendocino"), a good number have sung about the ache of a broken heart (like in "Heart Like a Wheel," famously covered by Linda Ronstadt), some can communicate bitter resignation or sly, sarcastic wit ("Go Leave" and "Jigsaw Puzzle of Life"), and no more than a few can express the joys of grown-up eros ("Kiss and Say Goodbye"). Kate & Anna McGarrigle is a record that manages to make all these emotions ring true, and never with one canceling out another. Quite simply a nearly perfect record, and if you're not a fan, repeated listenings to this album might make you one.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/1993
Label: Hannibal
UPC: 0031257440127
catalogNumber: 4401

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate & Anna McGarrigle   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Tony Rice   Guitar
John Cale   Keyboards
Plas Johnson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Amos Garrett   Guitar
Lowell George   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andrew Gold   Guitar
George Bohannon   Horn
Red Callender   Bass
Nick DeCaro   Accordion
Dimmy Dimbuster   Percussion
Jane McGarrigle Forsland   Organ,Vocals
Steve Gadd   Drums
Floyd Gilbeau   Fiddle,Violin
David Grisman   Mandolin
Bobby Keys   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Densil Lang   Percussion
Scot Lang   Guitar
Dane Lanken   Vocals,Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence   Guitar
Tony Levin   Bass
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Anna McGarrigle   Banjo,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals
Greg Prestopino   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Small   Vocals
David Spinozza   Guitar
Chaim Tannenbaum   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joel Tepp   Clarinet,Harmonica
Jay Ungar   Fiddle,Violin
Peter Weldon   Banjo,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ian Whiteman   Keyboards
Kate McGarrigle   Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

John Wood   Engineer
Joe Boyd   Producer
Trevor Lawrence   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Greg Prestopino   Producer
Michael Small   Arranger
Wade Hemsworth   Composer

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Kate & Anna McGarrigle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
suzecreamcheese More than 1 year ago
I owned this album in vinyl so glad to hear it again