Alabama The Closer You Get
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item number: ZSSP 44621
- Released: August 15, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Bmg Special Product
- 1.Closer You Get
- 2.Dixie Boy
- 3.What In The Name Of Love
- 4.Red River
- 5.Lady Down On Love
- 6.Dixieland Delight
- 7.She Put The Sad In All His Son
- 8.Alabama Sky
- 9.Lovin' Man
- 10.Very Special
Alabama: Randy Owen, Jeff Cook (vocals, electric guitar); Teddy Gentry (bass); Mark Herndon (drums).
Additional personnel: Jack Eubanks, George "Leo" Jackson (acoustic guitar); Fred Newell, Dave Kirby (electric guitar); Bruce Watkins (fiddle); Willie Rainsford, Shane Keister (keyboards); Steven Shaffer, Larry Paxton, William Adair (bass); Hayward Bishop (drums); Farrell Morris (percussion).
Recorded at The Music Mill, Nashville, Tennessee.
Recorded during the peak years of Alabama's career, THE CLOSER YOU GET combines pop-rock with country in a very distinctive, always catchy manner. Listening today to this mix of genres, one realizes how truly original and groundbreaking this music once was; with THE CLOSER YOU GET (and other records from this period), Alabama essentially created a new breed of popular music, one that would give birth to artists such as Garth Brooks and even Shania Twain.
Highlights on this CD include "Lady Down on Love," "She Put the Sad in All His Songs" and "What in the Name of Love." These songs revolve around classic themes of love and the lack of it. However, Randy Owens and the boys also perform songs with a stronger rock edge too--examples of this include the title track and the album's closer, "Lovin' Man." Most of the songs on this record, however, are delicate and lush. Replete with many fine ballads and mellow country originals, THE CLOSER YOU GET helped redefine popular music in the latter half of the last century.