Pronto Monto CD on Omnivore Label

Posted July 11th, 2016 by Anna

The long-lost 3rd recording for Warner Bros is now available on CD on the Omnivore label. The initial release of this recording co-incided with the birth of my daughter Lily in early 1979 and when Kate & I set off for Europe to do press and media to support it, 3 month-old Lily came along as did our sister Jane. Pronto Monto was a bit of a departure after our first two Warner recordings which tended to be more folky. It is richly-produced by David Nichtern of ‘Midnight at the Oasis’ fame and sounds quite beautiful, especially Kate’s stately ‘Stella by Artois’. ‘NaCl’ made its first appearance on this recording and it’s nice to hear Kate’s take on the romance between handsome Sodium and fun-loving Chlorine resulting in table salt. Lot was a pillar of the community, his wife a pillar of salt. ‘Bundle of Sorrow, Bundle of Joy’ written about son Sylvan’s arrival into the World sure brings back a lot of very sweet memories. By the end of 1979, Kate and I had split with Warners.

4 Responses:

  1. Delgado says:

    July 11th, 2016 at 9:09 am


  2. Campbie says:

    July 11th, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I got along with Harry Warner, but I found Jack an SOB. Too bad Sam died so young. My contract with RKO was a godsend, in spite of competing with Orson Welles.

  3. Julien says:

    August 9th, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    ‘Fixture in the park’ may be one of your finest song, Anna.

  4. John says:

    January 15th, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Dear Jane and Anna,
    I am reading and enjoying your book of mémoires. I laughed out loud when I read how Sister Emile-Arthur said “Pour qui tu t’prends Laury Jane Mcgarrigle ? Parle comme du monde !” I’m old enough to have been taught by nuns as well and I lived the scene as Jane told it.. After many years at UQAM I hope I’ve learned to ‘parler comme du monde” too. I’m very happy to be in Montreal : I arrived too late to see your sister perform with you, but I have most of your recordings.

    I’d like to purchase your remastered recording of Pronto Monto in a HD format, and any other of your later recordings that you might remaster. Perhaps you might see if HDtracks or some other service would be interested ?

    Bonne année,


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