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Love To Live (2010)

Artist: Living Sisters
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Format: CD
Sku: 214532930
UPC: 015707804226
UPC 14: 00015707804226
Release Date: 3/30/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. How Are You Doing? ~ The Living Sisters
2. Ferris Wheel ~ The Living Sisters
3. Blue ~ The Living Sisters
4. Cradle ~ The Living Sisters
5. Good Ole Wagon ~ The Living Sisters
6. Hold Back ~ The Living Sisters
7. This Mountain Has Skies ~ The Living Sisters
8. Double Knots ~ The Living Sisters
9. (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am ~ The Living Sisters
10. Don't Let the Sun Go Down ~ The Living Sisters

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Eleni Mandell, Inara George (acoustic guitar); Jeremy Drake (electric guitar); David Ralicke (saxophone); Steve Gregoropoulos, Aaron Embry, Danny McGough (keyboards); Barbara Gruska (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Sheldon Gomberg.
Muze PNote Photographer: Lauren Dukoff.
Muze PNote Equal parts doo wop, vocal jazz, and Norman Rockwell-era Americana, Love to Live is a product of another time, an album that wouldn't seem out of place on the phonograph of some postwar American living room. It's a clever premise, really -- assemble three L.A.-based songbirds into one girl group, give them a copy of the Andrews Sisters' 50th Anniversary Collection, and see what happens -- and the gamble pleasantly works, resulting in a neo-nostalgia album that places the Living Sisters alongside a number of other vintage-minded groups. Like She & Him, the Living Sisters devote most of their time to an amalgam of retro sounds and forgotten genres, infusing a little contemporary appeal into the mix but always remaining focused on the past, not the present. And like most mid-century girl groups, they all have specific roles to play: Inara George is the unspoken leader, Eleni Mandell is the brainy workhorse (of the album's eight original tunes, four are her own), and Becky Stark is the cute ing?nue, the Baby Spice of the boomer generation. All three have demonstrated their ability to sing with other groups, and the close harmonies on Love to Live are virtually flawless, particularly on album highlights like "Don't Let the Sun Go Down" and "Double Knots." ~ Andrew Leahey

Producer: The Living Sisters; Sheldon Gomberg

Engineer: Sheldon Gomberg

Artist Overview

The Living Sisters include Inara George, Becky Stark, and Eleni Mandell, three Los Angeles-based songwriters who began singing together in 2006. All three had previously pursued different projects; George sang retro pop songs with the Bird and the Bee, Stark recorded chamber folk music with Lavender Diamond, and Mandell maintained a healthy solo career. A shared interest in vocal jazz, gospel, doo wop, and country harmonies eventually brought the three together, and by 2009 they had squared away enough free time to begin recording an album with co-producer Sheldon Gomberg. The resulting Love to Live was released by Vanguard Records in March 2010. ~ Andrew Leahey
Artist Influences
The Andrews Sisters

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/29/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0780422
Music Label Name Label : Welk
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00015707804226

Professional Reviews

Spin - "Complete with whistling, Mandell's sleepy 'Ferris Wheel' seems to be a straightforward tale of good times, but this trio never stays in an obvious comfort zone for long."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Together, they make a sound that harks back to the innocence of the '50s vocal groups."

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "'You Make Me Blue' is a nod to classic doo wop but the prevailing mood is '60s pop crossed with Louvin Brothers vocalising."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Living Sisters
Product attributeLabel:   Vanguard Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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