First Listen: Janis Ian – Fly Too High (Columbia)
Inspired by the work of folk singer Joan Baez vocally speaking, Janis Ian started learning piano at the age of 6. Then by 10, she got to the organ, harpsichord, French horn, flute and guitar. Eventually writing her first song two years later.
Did she happen to ‘Fly Too High’ (run too fast) regarding her incursion into Disco territories?!? To this, I would say certainly no. As the lady released some eleven albums before teamin’ up with producer Giorgio Moroder.
Ironically, she would deliver her biggest classic with the latter along with Harold Faltermeyer responsible for the arrangements. This under the form of the bumpin’ 4X12 driven Disco jazzy joint ‘Fly Too High’. Thus displaying the whole range of her talents. Meanwhile sharing the duties with Keith Forsey on drums. But also Gary Herbig and Steve Madaio, respectively on saxophone and trumpet. Not to mention Harold Faltermeyer on keybords.
From her 1979 ‘Night Rains’ album, ‘Fly Too High’ unsurprisingly remains one of the highlights of the 1980 ‘Foxes’ OST along with Donna Summer‘s ‘On The Radio’.