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Kate and Anna McGarrigle are Canadian songwriting sisters whose talents came to global recognition in 1974 when Linda Ronstadt recorded Anna's "Heart Like a Wheel." the McGarrigle sisters were signed to Warner Brothers and recorded three albums. The sisters then recorded two albums for Joe Boyd's label, Hannibal, in the early 80's. During this time Kate and Anna raised families and toured on occasion. In 1998 the sisters rejoined Joe Boyd along with family and friends to record, the McGarrigle Hour. Ryko, which became home to Hannibal in the early 1990's, celebrates the McGarrigle Hour as part of the Ryko Analogue Vinyl Series. Ryko Analogue is committed to releasing classic albums, cult favourites, and audiophile titles on vinyl. The LP package for the McGarrigle Hour includes a set of liner notes from album producer, Joe Boyd, which he penned especially for this LP release (excerpt of these liner notes included below). "In the late '90s, I was suffering from McGarrigle withdrawal. Hannibal had licensed a number of their recordings and our paths often crossed, but I hadn't been in the studio with them since 1977 and I craved that experience again. Having convinced them that this was a good idea, we started filling out the lineup. Kate's precocious kids Rufus and Martha were joined by cousins Lily and Sylvan Lanken and their Dad Loudon Wainwright III. Old pal Chaim Tannenbaum joined in as did admirers Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, who had both recorded a number of McGarrigle songs.


  • - Disc 1 -
  • 1 Schooldays
  • 2 Skip Rope Song
  • 3 Gentle Annie
  • 4 Alice Blue Gown
  • 5 Porte en Arri Re
  • 6 What LL I Do
  • 7 Dig My Grave
  • 8 Cool River
  • 9 Heartburn
  • 10 Nacl (Sodium Chloride)
  • 11 Bon Voyage
  • 12 Allez-Vous-En
  • - Disc 2 -
  • 1 Green Green Rocky Road
  • 2 Young Love
  • 3 Year of the Dragon
  • 4 Forever and the Same
  • 5 Talk to Me of Mendocino
  • 6 Baltimore Fire
  • 7 Johnny S Gone to Hilo
  • 8 Time on My Hands
  • 9 Goodnight Sweetheart

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