Huey Lewis & the News (featuring Stan Getz): Small World, Pt. 2


Small World, Part Two


Huey Lewis & the News


Small World (VK-41622)

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Huey Lewis (vocals, harmonica), Stan Getz (tenor sax),

Lee Thornburg, Greg Adams (trumpets), Emilio Castillo (tenor sax), Stephen “Doc” Kupka (baritone sax), Sean Hopper (keyboards, vocals), Chris Hayes (guitar, vocals), Mario Cipollina (bass), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion, vocals), Peter Michael (percussion)


Composed by Chris Hayes & Huey Lewis


Recorded: probably 1988


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

"Small World, Part One" was a minor hit for Huey Lewis, peaking at 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988 and coming at the end of a nice run of hits for one of the more well-liked pop acts of the Reagan era. It's typically big, bodacious '80s pop, with a catchy keyboard riff, pulsing rock beat and big-haired rock guitar to match.

Separated from the single by three tracks on the album with the same name as the bisected song, "Part Two" is a straight continuation of "Part One," fading in where "Part One" faded out, right in the middle of guitarist Chris Hayes's solo. When he's done, everyone stops on a dime, signaling the great tenorman's entrance. As Getz gains traction so does the supporting cast, which includes the Tower of Power horns supplying some Chicago-styled charts. He gets to blow away for nearly the entire four minutes of this extended coda turned into a jam. At age 61, Getz showed a surprising amount of vitality and, even more surprisingly, easily adapted his cool West Coast style to Lewis's mainstream pop tune.

Here's where Stan Getz could have easily mailed it in. Instead, he decided to have some fun.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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