Pete Fountain

Country

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Pete Fountain's "country" album is a thoroughly entertaining, laid-back affair on which he applies his smooth, melodic clarinet stylings to a program of country classics including "Born to Lose," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "San Antonio Rose," "Crazy," and more. Co-produced by Owen Bradley, Country is comparable to Lawrence Welk or Ray Anthony's forays into the genre. "Walking the Floor Over You" really swings and makes good use of a vocal chorus. Just for fun, Fountain puts down the clarinet and actually sings on the closer, "Sunday in the Country." Country probably won't make anyone's desert island list, but it's a pleasant enough diversion.

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