In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The original members of Wise Guys met in 1995. From the beginning, the biggest obstacle was getting together for rehearsals. You see, the quartet members have never lived in the same city. Over the history of the quartet, the guys have lived in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Orlando and Gainesville, Florida as well as in Atlanta GA, Raleigh NC, and Columbia SC. Whew! In the fall of 1998, they became Sunshine District (State of Florida) Champions. Wise Guys have continued to compete with the best quartets in the world and are currently ranked 27th internationally. Today, the quartet consists of four experienced performers with a variety of musical backgrounds. As you will read, a couple of the guys are professional musicians. Their comedic flair continues to delight audiences around the globe. As if their music wasn't big enough, with a minimum height of six foot three inches tall, the fingertip-to-fingertip span of this svelte foursome resembles that of Boeing 747. The common thread between them is the love of entertaining audiences, thus these gentle giants have begun carving their own niche in the Barbershop Harmony Society as well as in the hearts of many.
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Review: With a minimum height of 6'-3," the four gentle giants called Wise Guys have earned the title of 1998 SPEBSQSA Sunshine District (Florida) Champions, and are currently ranked 27th internationally, There are 15 songs here, some chestnuts like "Good Old A Cappella," "Come Take Your Place In My Heart," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Happy Go Lucky Lane" "Naturally," "We're Gonna Have Smooth Sailin'," and "Trickle Trickle" are nicely harmonized. But we especially liked the comedic material like "Wacky Intro," "Cow Patti," "The Preacher," "Mississippi Squirrel Revival," "Goodbye, World, Goodbye," and two live out-takes of "Cow Patti" and "Wacky Intro" which are included at the end of the CD. The smooth, confident harmonies--and especially the strong comic sense that make this a standout CD are the same things that are helping this young quartet begin carving a good-sized niche in the Barbershop World, one delighted audience at a time.
Songlist: Wacky Intro, You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me, Good Old A Cappella, Come Take Your Place in My Heart, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Happy Go Lucky Lane, Cow Patti, The Preacher, Mississippi Squirrel Revival, Naturally, We're Gonna Have Smooth Sailin', Trickle Trickle, Goodbye World, Goodbye