Always & Forever

Always & Forever

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by Randy Travis
     
 

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Randy Travis' first album, 1986's Storms of Life was one of those rare debuts that was nearly perfect: a confident, assured statement of purpose that set expectations for a follow-up almost too high. Remarkably, his second album Always & Forever -- delivered just a year later -- met those expectations and rivaled itsSee more details below

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Randy Travis' first album, 1986's Storms of Life was one of those rare debuts that was nearly perfect: a confident, assured statement of purpose that set expectations for a follow-up almost too high. Remarkably, his second album Always & Forever -- delivered just a year later -- met those expectations and rivaled its predecessor in its quality. If there's just a slightly increased inclination to slick, radio-ready productions and an emphasis on ballads, the songs themselves are sturdy, classically styled country tunes, whether they're tales of heartache or devotion and they're grounded by Travis, whose nuanced baritone -- bearing a definite Lefty Frizzell influence but possessing his own distinctive idiosyncrasies -- cuts through whatever production glaze there is here. But that glaze is slight -- it's just a hallmark of the era and when compared to other records in the charts in 1987, Always & Forever sounds positively lean -- and the songs (including the chart-toppers "Forever and Ever, Amen," "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever") and "Too Gone Too Long") are great, and through it all Travis proves that he's one of the great country singers of the '80s, if not the greatest.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Rhino Flashback
UPC:
0081227993290
catalogNumber:
25568
Rank:
16826

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Travis   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Russ Barenberg   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Paul Overstreet   Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kathie Baillie   Background Vocals
Michael Brook   Background Vocals
Dennis Burnside   Keyboards
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Pedal Dobro
Doyle Grisham   Pedal Steel Guitar
Sherilyn Huffman   Background Vocals
David Hungate   Bass
Alan LeBoeuf   Background Vocals
Kyle Lehning   Overdubs
Dennis Locorriere   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Terry McMillan   Harmonica,Percussion
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
James Stroud   Drums
Diane Tidwell   Background Vocals
Jack Williams   Bass
Kirt Odle   Overdubs
Larrie Londin   Drums
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Michael Brooks   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson Quintet   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Randy Travis   Composer
Kyle Lehning   Producer
Marshall Morgan   Engineer
Mike Reese   Mastering
Joe Bogan   Engineer
WCI Record Group   Mastering
Don Schlitz   Composer
Marvin Coe   Composer

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