Kate & Anna McGarrigle performing live with a sizable studio audience in Cologne, Germany for WDR (TV) in Studio 'L' back on the 3rd February 1977.
As was so often the case when the McGarrigle sisters performed the atmosphere was informal and homely, the singing and musicianship counted for everything as is demonstrated in this recording where the monitors were failing and the band rightly demanded better. That said with difficulty hearing themselves in the mix the actual performance was both stunning and moving.
In 1975 the sisters made their first LP, Kate and Anna McGarrigle (Warner BS-2862), which brought them critical notice and concert engagements internationally. After their London debut 25 Jul 1976 at Victoria Palace, Michael Watts in Melody Maker (31 Jul 1976) called their music 'a holy marriage of strong sentiment and brilliant, pure singing ... Anna's, lilting and airy, Kate's, deeper and fiercer - these are amongst the very best voices to be heard in popular music today.' The McGarrigles returned to Europe the following year but generally maintained a sporadic touring schedule.
They made two more LPs in the late 1970s, Dancer with Bruised Knees (Warner BS-3014) and Pronto Monto (Warner BSK-1248).
Their songs have been covered by a variety of artists including Maria Muldaur, Nana Mouskouri, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Billy Bragg, Chloé Sainte-Marie, Judy Collins, Anne Sofie von Otter, and others. The covers of their songs by well known artists led to the McGarrigle's getting their first recording contract in 1974. They created ten albums from 1975 through 2008.
Source: TV broadcast soundtrack.
Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@192kbps
Genre: Americana, folk, bluegrass, country.
Set: Full set.
01. Swimming Song
02. Foolish You
03. Fair and Tender Ladies
04. Travelling on for Jesus
05. Kiss and Say Goodbye
07. Hommage a Grungie
09. Talk to Me of Mendocino
10. Reel du Pendu
12. Naufragee du Tendre
14. Dancer with Bruised Knees
15. Be My Baby
16. Heart Like a Wheel
17. No Biscuit Blues
19. Complainte pour Ste-Catherine
20. Work Song
Website: Official HERE.
New file link in comments below - Re-uploaded 2012 (Stealth project).