Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Live) (2-CD)

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Label: Nonesuch

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Kiss And Say Goodbye - Rufus Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright
  • 2.Southern Boys - Rufus Wainwright
  • 3.Talk To Me Of Mendocino - Norah Jones
  • 4.Entre Lajeunesse Et La Sagesse - Rufus Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris
  • 5.Matapedia - Martha Wainwright
  • 6.I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone) - Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris
  • 7.Swimming Song - Jimmy Fallon
  • 8.Saratoga Summer Song - Teddy Thompson
  • 9.Tell My Sister - Martha Wainwright
  • 10.I Don't Know - Krystle Warren
  • 11.First Born - Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright
  • 12.Heart Like A Wheel - Emmylou Harris, Anna McGarrigle, Krystle Warren, Martha Wainwright, Lily Lanken
  • 13.Go Leave - Antony
  • 14.As Fast As My Feet Can Carry Me - Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones
  • 15.Walking Song - Rufus Wainwright
  • 16.Proserpina - Kate McGarrigle, Sloan Wainwright, Martha Wainwright

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.I Am A Diamond - Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright
  • 2.Mother Mother - Broken Social Scene
  • 3.On My Way To Town - Anna McGarrigle, Sylvan Lanken, Lily Lanken
  • 4.Over The Hill - Norah Jones, Lily Lanken
  • 5.I Cried For Us - Rufus Wainwright, Antony
  • 6.The Work Song - Justin Vivian Bond
  • 7.Come Back Baby - Jenni Muldaur, Teddy Thompson, Greg Prestopino
  • 8.Oliver, Remember Me? - Rufus Wainwright
  • 9.Dans Le Silence - Robert Charlebois, Anna McGarrigle
  • 10.Jacques And Giles - Anna McGarrigle, Lily Lanken
  • 11.All The Way To San Francisco - Martha Wainwright
  • 12.Tell My Sister - Peggy Seeger
  • 13.Travelling On For Jesus - Chaim Tannenbaum
  • 14.Go Leave - Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson
  • 15.Darlin' Kate - Emmylou Harris
  • 16.Dink's Song - Anna McGarrigle, Chaim Tannenbaum, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright
  • 17.Love Over And Over - Sing Me The Songs Ensemble
  • 18.I Just Want To Make It Last - Kate McGarrigle

Product Description:

Tributee: Kate McGarrigle.
Audio Mixers: Jerry Boys; Joe Boyd.
Liner Note Authors: Michael Ondaatje; Lian Lunson; Martha Wainwright; Rufus Wainwright.
Recording information: Luminato Festival, Massey Hall, Toronto (05/12/2011-05/13/2011); Royal Festival Hall, London (05/12/2011-05/13/2011); Town Hall New York, NY (05/12/2011-05/13/2011); Luminato Festival, Massey Hall, Toronto (06/12/2010); Royal Festival Hall, London (06/12/2010); Town Hall New York, NY (06/12/2010); Luminato Festival, Massey Hall, Toronto (06/13/2012); Royal Festival Hall, London (06/13/2012); Town Hall New York, NY (06/13/2012).
Photographer: Richard Termine.
Released the day before Liam Lunson's film of the same name, this two-disc set offers music from three concerts that took place over three years in London, New York, and Toronto, curated by Joe Boyd. The film only covers the New York show, but the music here presents a much more expansive portrait of Kate McGarrigle's legacy and influence in 34 tracks. Hosted by her children, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, these performances are both a family album -- Kate's sister Anna participates, as does her daughter Lily Lanken, and aunt Sloan Wainwright-- and a star-studded tribute. Performers include Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty, Justin Vivian Bond, Krystle Warren, Linda and Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Jenni Muldaur, and Jimmy Fallon, performing either solo and/or in various combinations backed by three different ensembles comprised of crack musicians. Many of these performances showcase McGarrigle's diverse, restless, and insightful songwriting, and how enduring her songs are. Highlights include a stirring "(Talk to Me) Of Mendocino" with Jones' lead vocal backed by Martha and Rufus. Martha's solo reading of "Matapedia" is sparsely orchestrated with only an acoustic guitar, violin and her vocal, which gets deep inside the grain of the lyric. Teddy Thompson's offering of "Saratoga Summer Song," sounds like it was written for him. Given Kate's passing, Anna's classic "Heart Like a Wheel," sung by her, Harris, Warren, Martha, and Lanken, is searing. Hegarty delivers a devastating solo on "Go Leave," and Harris and Jones offer a rousing version of "As Fast as My Feet Can Carry Me," backed by a full country band. Martha's and Rufus' duet on "I Am a Diamond" opens disc two as a militant yet delicate personal anthem. The second version of "Go Leave" by Linda Thompson backed by Richard's guitar, is doubly poignant given it's performed by a divorced couple. Rufus' and Hegarty's performance of "I Cried for Us" is perhaps the most heartbreaking track on the entire set, while Peggy Seeger's "Tell My Sister," sung in a quavering voice, carries within it both vulnerability and empathy. The two biggest surprises here are in the closing sections on both discs. Kate McGarrigle herself appears via the wonders of technology on "Prosperina," where her voice is accompanied by Sloan and Martha, and in "I Just Want to Make It Last," a late home solo demo that addresses her mortality with wit, irony, and tenderness. For fans of the songwriter or the McGarrigle Sisters, this collection will offer moving testimony to Kate's unique, quirky vision. It will also engender renewed feelings of loss at her passing. But more than anything, Sing Me The Songs... is a celebration, and is presented as such: informal, intimate, sometimes humorous, and always, even in its uneven moments, thoroughly engaging. ~ Thom Jurek

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