Friday, March 2, 2007

High Society - Pickwick Records

High Society

1972 Pickwick Records SPC-3201 Stereo / PC-3201 Mono

Side One
1. High Society
2. That's A Plenty
3. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
4. Margie

Side Two
1. Up A Lazy River
2. Mahogany Hall Stomp
3. I'm Goin' Home
4. Farewell Blues

Liner Notes:

It's funny how words come to have different meanings. For example, when you're a kid, licorice means long, chewy, black candy. When you grow up, licorice means low, moaning, mellow clarinet music. And if you're a fan of really good clarinet music, licorice means Pete Fountain.

There's an effortless quality to the way Pete licks his licorice stick. Folks got to like it back when he stood out in the Lawrence Welk crowd and they continued to like it, to love it, when Pete started making records.

The tunes on this album are comfortable ditties that are either from the twenties or sound as if they should be. They have that lazy, zesty feel that music had when jazz was just getting started, when musicians were just beginning to dandle songs on their instruments as if they were babies on their knees.

The jazz babies here include "Margie," "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise," "I'm Going Home," "Farewell Blues" and the album title tune, "High Society."

Pete Fountain lifts that licorice to his lips and lets these sweet, sweet melodies float through the air with the greatest of ease.

Why not catch them?

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