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|Anne Hills & Cindy Mangsen|
Never Grow Old
We met in Chicago in the late 1970s and frequented the music rooms that featured folk music. We filled those rooms with song, both from the audience and the stage, so we lovingly dedicate this album to the Chicago folk sce... more »
We met in Chicago in the late 1970s and frequented the music rooms that featured folk music. We filled those rooms with song, both from the audience and the stage, so we lovingly dedicate this album to the Chicago folk scene and to those artists, club owners and patrons who nurtured our interest and love of folk music. --Anne & Cindy With guest musicians: Pete Sutherland, piano, banjo, fiddle; Laurie Lewis, harmony vocals, fiddle; Priscilla Herdman, Gordon Bok, Tom Paxton, Carla Sciaky, John Roberts and Tony Barrand, vocals; John Hartford, vocal, fiddle and feet; Steve Gillette, lead vocal, guitars; the Volo Bogtrotters, stringband, and others.
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AN ESSENTIAL FOR ANY FOLK MUSIC FAN
Larry L. Looney | Austin, Texas USA | 06/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two of contemporary folk music's leading ladies -- Anne Hills and Cindy Mangsen -- are joined here by an incredible supporting cast to deliver one of the most enjoyable albums of the last 30 years. Drawing mostly on traditional ballads, with a few actualy credited to individual authors, this collection runs the gamut -- everything from reflective ballads to gospel to bluegrass to English music hall to string band tunes. You get the idea.These are songs that these two women have 'grown up' with and loved over the space of their well-respected careers -- and with the help of such stellar friends as (the sadly late) John Hartford, Gordon Bok, Laurie Lewis, Priscilla Herdman, Jan Burda, Tom Paxton, Carla Sciaky, Steve Gillette, John Roberts and Tony Barrand, and the incredibly fun Volo Bogtrotters (just try to listen to 'Bill Morgan and his gal' only once!), this recording can't help but shine.Unlike other recordings featuring a ton of talented guests, the contributions these folks offer here fit in seamlessly with the talented foundation of the voices of Anne and Cindy. There aren't a lot of people playing on any one cut, so no toes are stepped on -- no one gets in the way musically. From the sound of the album, egos were wisely left at the door to the studio, allowing the joy exuded by the performers in bringing these songs to life to infect us all. I must also add that the beautiful production work of Scott Petito adds a lot to the quality of the project -- his name on a recording is always an indication of fine sound engineering.I could go down the track listing and rave about each of the 17 tracks -- but I think that would be a bit long. The standouts are many, and they could change with each listening of this wonderful disc. I've been enjoying it for over 6 years and it still sounds as fresh as the first time I heard it. Anne Hills and Cindy Mangsen have incredibly beautiful, expressive voices -- and they were born to sing together. They've been doing so for over 20 years on and off -- their harmonies are exquisite, but never overbearing. Coupled with the (mostly) simple, tasteful arrangements here, this cd is 50 minutes well-spent, over and over again.Other avenues to explore: Anne Hills and Cindy Mangsen have several fine solo recordings available. Anne and Cindy also work with Priscilla Herdman as the wonderful VOICES trio. Cindy Mangsen and hubby Steve Gillette are also a respected, established duo. And those are just the principals of this amazing project...! They all tour extensively and often -- see them in any combination wherever and whenever you can. The music is always of the highest quality -- and fun!"
A Wonderful Album
Judith Lindenau | Traverse City, MI USA | 05/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anne Hills and Cindy Magsen are a wonderful pair of singers. This album is a collection of folk songs in the true sense of the word: most of the choices are classic ballads and traditional songs...even a shape-note hymn. The close harmonies of Ann and Cindy, and Priscilla Herdman, are intricate and impeccable. Add to that mix some great backup artistry: Laurie Lewis, Pete Sutherland, Steve Rosen, John Hartford..and you have it all! If you like folk music, you should include this album in your collection."
rayjc | Raleigh, NC United States | 11/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My grandfather, Rev. James C. Moore, wrote the title song of this recording when he returned to his parents' home after an extended time away and first noticed that his parents were getting older. My family and I are very grateful for Anne and Cindy's true performance of his music."