Bill Foreman

La Petite Orange

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The first official recorded collaboration between Bill Foreman and Pete Giuliano, La Petite Orange is a fun workout in warm, organic songs. Featuring some of Foreman's best early compositions ("Footsteps," "What Would Ever," "No Cause Fer Grievin'"), the set is well balanced with Giuliano's sweetly innocent songwriting. Even with the light-hearted Tex-Mex tones of "How Would You Know?" and the strong Celtic quality of "Planxty Vincent Sebastian," much of Giuliano's songwriting has an Eastern European bent. The dueling accordion and tin whistle of "She's on That Train" create a definite klezmer vibe, just as "By the Light of the Fire" chugs along with a similarly non-Western engine. Overall, a solid set of tunes that are as fun as they are sincere and an interesting precursor to the work the two would go on to do in the House Carpenters.

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