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"Mountain Music"

© RCA Records

Year of Release: 1982

track listing
  • Mountain Music
  • Close Enough
    To Perfect
  • Words At
    Twenty Paces
  • Changes Comin' On
  • Green River
  • Take Me Down
  • You Turn Me On
  • Never Be The One
  • Lovin' You Is Killin' Me
  • Gonna Have A Party

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    "Mountain Music"

    As Memorial Day kicks off Summer 2000, what a great way to celebrate the outdoors for this holiday, with barbecues, and most especially, music. Country music. Alabama music. Alabama -- Mountain Music.

    If you're a common fan of country music, there's no doubt that the title track should be no stranger. It's one of the best well-known Alabama songs, and quite frankly, it defines true country, where today's country is more pop. The title track reached Number 1 on the country chart. Likewise, two other songs on this album also reached Number 1: "Close Enough To Perfect, " and "Take Me Down."

    "Words At Twenty Paces" is a bit moody; not the normal honky-tonkin' country sound. Yet this song is country, it's another great album track. "Changes Comin' On" is your typical country ballad, with a medium uptempo beat.

    Alabama does a cover tune by recording Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Green River," having a definite country sound to it. Even CCR's version does rock much better than Alabama's version, I can easily see/hear another country act, Brooks & Dunn, perform this song almost in the same style as Alabama. No complaints; anyone who records any of CCR/John Fogerty's music will bring a smile to anyone's face, especially to those of the die-hard fans of CCR and John Fogerty. (Speaking of Green River and Brooks & Dunn -- doesn't the beginning guitar riff at the beginning of B&D's "Rock My World Little Girl" sound JUST LIKE the intro to Green River???)

    "You Turn Me On" and "Never Be One" are slow ballads in country sound fashion. "Lovin' You Is Killin' Me" has a more pop/rock sound, yet, like the whole album, it's country. The album's closer, "Gonna Have A Party" returns the common Alabama country sound.

    Yet the 1980s country is somewhat different in sound as the late-1990s and today's country, Mountain Music defines Alabama as a true country band. It's country, it's pop, it's Alabama. Their music no doubt should always bring a smile to everyone's face. Mountain Music, like any other Alabama original album, is definitely entertaining, country style.

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