got to admit Im a pushover for all things British. Back in the
60s, songs like Winchester Cathedral and A
Well Respected Man were a huge influence on the pop music world.
Of course most Americans got over their Anglo-phobia when the Beatles
hit U.S. shores for the first time in 1964. That ultra British music
hall sound so big in the 60s is in fine fettle on the 2009 reissue
of I Never Go Out In The Rain by U.K. art-poppers High Society.
Group members Richard Hudson and John Ford were great
in the early 70s lineup of The Strawbs and for those following
the lineage of Strawbs-related groups and lineups, Hudson and Ford
joined with singer-clarinetist Terry Cassidy in 1980. Cassidy
first joined in with the pair for an album with the first Monks lineup
but the sound for High Society was somewhere else than rock, sounding
very tongue in cheek, sort of like Penguin Cafe Orchestra meets Rudy
Vallee! Angel Air have both The Monks and High Society albums, reissued
out on CD in March of 2009. Like the Monks CDentitled Suspended
AnimationHigh Societys CD on Angel Air features
a bounty of studio tracks from the 1980 High Society lineup with the
inclusion of several tracks from the current High Society lineup.
As always with Angel Air, the packaging, graphics and notations are