34 Songs, 2 Hours 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It certainly helps Kate McGarrigle's legacy that she has two talented children—Martha and Rufus Wainwright—to keep her songs in front of people. In this case, they coordinated the proceedings alongside producer Joe Boyd and Kate's sister Anna with concerts in London, New York, and Toronto. The Lian Lunson film of the same name only covers the New York shows, while this expansive set volleys among the four nights. (Net proceeds from this album will benefit the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps fight sarcoma.) The highlights are varied. Emmylou Harris performs her touching tribute "Darlin' Kate." Rufus does a take on "Southern Boys." Rufus and Martha perform together for "I Am a Diamond," and Broken Social Scene works through "Mother Mother." Jimmy Fallon, Norah Jones, and Teddy Thompson bring all they have. Richard and Linda Thompson perform together for "Go Leave," a song also given a heartbreaking spin by Antony Hegarty. The album ends with a demo of Kate at the piano singing "I Just Want to Make It Last."

EDITORS’ NOTES

It certainly helps Kate McGarrigle's legacy that she has two talented children—Martha and Rufus Wainwright—to keep her songs in front of people. In this case, they coordinated the proceedings alongside producer Joe Boyd and Kate's sister Anna with concerts in London, New York, and Toronto. The Lian Lunson film of the same name only covers the New York shows, while this expansive set volleys among the four nights. (Net proceeds from this album will benefit the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps fight sarcoma.) The highlights are varied. Emmylou Harris performs her touching tribute "Darlin' Kate." Rufus does a take on "Southern Boys." Rufus and Martha perform together for "I Am a Diamond," and Broken Social Scene works through "Mother Mother." Jimmy Fallon, Norah Jones, and Teddy Thompson bring all they have. Richard and Linda Thompson perform together for "Go Leave," a song also given a heartbreaking spin by Antony Hegarty. The album ends with a demo of Kate at the piano singing "I Just Want to Make It Last."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

vegan4life ,

Amazing album

This is a must have...every track is a gem. Cannot recommend it high enough to anyone who loves the McGarrigle sisters.....

CDJMTL ,

Sing Me The Songs

The McGarrigle family is part of my youth in Quebec, echoing the bilingual/bicultural joys of Montreal, the Laurentians, the Gaspesie, and the people there. But their reach is much farther than that. I immediately looked up "Mendocino" when I first heard the song as a teen. They have created a legacy to Kate on this album, and a must have collection of all the songs that bloom from this extraordinary, fabulous, flawed family.

omniscientmoon ,

Perfection and very human.

Touching, splendid, magnificently beautiful. This tribute is a masterpiece, the bones come from Kate. Everyone gave their heart and soul and bared themselves in the most beautiful way imaginable. A truly wonderful listen for anyone that is a fan of anyone involved, and for the true music lovers. God Bless dear Kate, an under-appreciated and gifted songwriter and musician. Rest in peace dear lady.