Nonesuch Records releases Tell My Sister,
a special three-disc set comprising remastered versions of Kate and Anna McGarrigles’ 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. Joe Boyd, who produced the McGarrigles’ first two albums, assembled the material for the third disc in addition to serving as producer for the whole set.
In approaching Tell My Sister’s third disc of previously unreleased material, Boyd says, “I was wary of listening to the demos, afraid they might expose our production as overdone compared to the wonder of the two sisters sitting side by side at the piano, harmonizing like goddesses. But plain and fancy both sound great to me 37 years on.”
Anna McGarrigle said of those first recordings: “Kate could easily have had a solo career, as is evident from her early song demos, but she told me, ‘I don’t want to do this by myself.’ So I put my puppet-making career on hold. To paraphrase her ‘Blues in D,’ I couldn’t let the poor girl down. Thank you for asking me, little sister.” From the Label