Don't Close Your Eyes

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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Don't You Close Your Eyes was more successful than Keith Whitley's two previous albums and it's easy to see why. Though the record still suffered from a handful of mediocre songs and a slightly soft production, the overall album was leaner and more direct than Whitley's earlier solo work, showcasing his talent for heartfelt honky tonk singing and his skill for crafting excellent barroom ballads. "Don't Close Your Eyes," "When You Say Nothing At All," and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" were the hits, but there's a wealth of excellent material here, including a haunting version of Lefty Frizzell's "I Never Go Around Mirrors." The sheer strength of the best numbers make the ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Don't You Close Your Eyes was more successful than Keith Whitley's two previous albums and it's easy to see why. Though the record still suffered from a handful of mediocre songs and a slightly soft production, the overall album was leaner and more direct than Whitley's earlier solo work, showcasing his talent for heartfelt honky tonk singing and his skill for crafting excellent barroom ballads. "Don't Close Your Eyes," "When You Say Nothing At All," and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" were the hits, but there's a wealth of excellent material here, including a haunting version of Lefty Frizzell's "I Never Go Around Mirrors." The sheer strength of the best numbers make the handful of weaker songs perfectly excusable. After all, country in the late '80s rarely got better than Don't You Close Your Eyes at its best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078635649420
  • Catalog Number: 6494

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Whitley Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Vern Gosdin Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano
Eddie Bayers Drums
Garth Fundis Background Vocals
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Mitch Humphries Keyboards
Jerry Kroon Drums
Red Lane Acoustic Guitar
Mike Lawler Synthesizer
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar
Larry Paxton Bass
Dave Pomeroy Bass Guitar
Brent Rowan Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Billy Sanford Acoustic Guitar
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Allen Frizzell Vocal Harmony
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Keith Whitley Producer
Garth Fundis Producer, Remixing
Carlos Grier Contributor
Gary Laney Engineer, Remixing
Blake Mevis Producer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Sanger D. Schafer Composer
Mary Hamilton Art Direction
Bill Harris Engineer
Warren Robb Composer
Don Schlitz Composer
Roger D. Ferris Composer
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