Mountain Music (Remaster) Alabama
Label: Legacy Recordings
Subgenre: Contemporary Country
Composer: Randy Owen, Carl Chambers, Bruce Channel, Kieran Kane, Hugh Moffatt, Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen, J.P. Pennington, Mark Gray, John Fogerty, Jimmy Darrell, Buddy Cannon
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- 1Mountain Music04:11
- 2Close Enough to Perfect03:33
- 3Words at Twenty Paces03:50
- 4Changes Comin' On06:47
- 5Green River02:56
- 6Take Me Down03:43
- 7You Turn Me On03:07
- 8Never Be One02:42
- 9Lovin' You Is Killin' Me02:59
- 10Gonna Have a Party04:07
Info for Mountain Music (Remaster)
Recorded when Alabama was in its prime, „Mountain Music“ combines pop rock with country in a very distinctive, always catchy manner. Comprising a variety of tunes ranging from slick rockers to soft, lush ballads, „Mountain Music“ creates a nice contrast and engages the listener from the very first note to the last. Some of the guitar rock tunes include a meritorious version of John Fogerty's 'Green River,' and Alabama's own 'Never Be One.'
However, the most poignant songs on „Mountain Music“ are the slow dances. Songs such as 'You Turn Me On,' and 'Close Enough To Be Perfect' are strong country ballads perfect for cuddling up with a loved one. While the production on this album is very much of its time, the music itself stands up well to contemporary scrutiny.
„On their third album, 1982's Mountain Music, Alabama hit their stride, streamlining the rough edges out of their sound and turning into a well-oiled hit machine. Here, when they stretch out it's on the nearly seven-minute 'Changes Comin' On,' which doesn't jam like Southern rock but instead has a smooth groove that veers close to soft rock. Of course, that soft rock quality was not only a large reason why Alabama crossed over to the pop charts ('Take Me Down,' one of three number one country singles here -- the other two being the anthemic title cut and 'Close Enough to Perfect' -- crossed over into the pop Top 20, which is no small feat), it was also instrumental in defining the group's own brand of 'mountain music.' If their country music didn't sound too down-home -- it didn't twang, it didn't have mandolins, it was built on electric guitars -- it was nevertheless pure country in its own modern way, borrowing on Western mythos ('Words at Twenty Paces' has an implied swagger, even if it is never menacing) and early Americana-rock (a strong cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Green River'), playing up both sentiment (both the slow devotional 'You Turn Me On' and the family celebration 'Never Be One') and revelry ('Gonna Have a Party') to create the template for contemporary country. If there's just a touch too much of the slow stuff here, it's all expertly executed and almost all the songs click, with the best (all the aforementioned tracks, minus 'Never Be One') standing among the band's best material, helping to make Mountain Music not only one of their best albums, but a record that -- despite its big, slick production -- still sounds like modern country even decades after its initial release.“ (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)
Jeff Cook, vocals, guitar
Teddy Gentry, vocals, bass
Mark Herndon, drums, percussion
Randy Owen, vocals, rhythm guitar
Hayword Bishop, drums
Mark Casstevens, background vocals, guitar
Michael Douchette, harmonica
David Hanner, guitar
David Humphreys, drums
George Leo Jackson, guitar
Jerry Kroon, drums
Rodger Morris, keyboards, Synclavier II, Emulator, Prophet 5
Fred Newell, guitar
Larry Paxton, bass
William Rainsford, keyboards
Dale Sellers, guitar
W. David Smith, bass
Bruce Watkins, banjo, violin
Kristin Wilkinson, string arrangements
Recorded 1981 at The Music Mill, Nashville, Tennessee
Engineered by Paul Goldberg, Harold Shedd, Gene Rice
Produced by Alabama, Harold Shedd
was highly regarded for its southern-style rock tunes and edgy country songs from their beginnings in the late 1960s until the band parted ways after their Farewell Tour that ended in 2004. Fortunately for the band's fans, the Alabama Revival gives them a chance to relive the glory days of this popular group by joining in as experienced tribute artists take the stage, imitating the 'Alabama' artists' every move! On your trip to Branson be sure to check out the entertaining show at the God and Country Theatre.
Enjoy your favorite Alabama hits live and on stage including, 'Song of the South,' 'The Closer You Get,' 'Love in the First Degree,' 'Tennessee River,' 'Mountain Music,' and 'Dixieland Delight.' You may hear other hits from their long list of albums including songs from My Home’s in Alabama and Feels So Right. Fans of Alabama will enjoy the unique sound of southern rock combined with traditional country music.
This album contains no booklet.