Love to Live

Love to Live

by The Living SistersThe Living Sisters


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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 ingénue, 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."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2010
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707804226
catalogNumber: 78042
Rank: 106430

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Living Sisters   Primary Artist
Barbara Gruska   Drums
Don Heffington   Drums
David Ralicke   Saxophone
Inara George   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Eleni Mandell   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Sheldon Gomberg   Bass
Danny McGough   Keyboards
Aaron Embry   Keyboards,Sounds
Joshua Grange   Pedal Steel Guitar
Becky Stark   Group Member
Steve Gregoropoulos   Keyboards
Jeremy Drake   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Bessie Smith   Composer
Inara George   Composer
Eleni Mandell   Composer
Sheldon Gomberg   Producer,Engineer
Becky Stark   Composer
Carrie Smith   Art Direction
Living Sisters   Producer
Larry Harrison   Composer

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