In The Mood: The Love Songs

In The Mood: The Love Songs

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Released to coincide with the kickoff of Alabama's farewell tour, the two-disc, 23-track I'm in the Mood: The Love Songs assures that the country juggernaut goes out not with a whimper but with a bang. For starters, it gets rolling with two new songs recorded specifically for this collection: the soft, slinky ballad "I'm in the Mood," on which lead singer Randy

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Released to coincide with the kickoff of Alabama's farewell tour, the two-disc, 23-track I'm in the Mood: The Love Songs assures that the country juggernaut goes out not with a whimper but with a bang. For starters, it gets rolling with two new songs recorded specifically for this collection: the soft, slinky ballad "I'm in the Mood," on which lead singer Randy Owen coaxes his woman into a mind-body summit with his robust baritone, and the contemporary country "The Living Years," a mid-tempo advisory to appreciate our lifelines while they're still here. Then the hit parade starts, and it's pretty impressive. To Alabama's credit, their love songs are less formulaic than their up-tempo blockbusters, and even daring at times, as on "Touch Me when We're Dancing," in which the arrangement blends contemporary country with an '80s R&B approach. Disc 2 features some especially strong cuts. "Here We Are," co-written by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Vince Gill, kicks mightily behind stinging rock guitars and those soaring Alabama harmonies as the guys sing of everlasting love. The lilting, spare "Forever's as Far as I Will Go" is a well-observed account of how a bruised man learned to love, set to the ringing tones of an electric piano and Owen's open-hearted testimony. The 'N Sync boys even make an appearance here, adding some velvety harmonies and vocal fills to a mid-tempo valentine, "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You." Alabama have plenty of toe-tappers in their repertoire, but this set aims straight for the heart, and hits its target every time.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Spanning two discs and over two decades' worth of music, Alabama's In the Mood: The Love Songs collects the most romantic moments from the band's body of work, including "Close Enough to Perfect," "Feels So Right," "How Do You Fall in Love," and "The Closer You Get." Indeed, love songs play a fairly significant part in the band's career -- many of the tracks included here, such as "Fallin' Again," "Touch Me When We're Dancing," "Lady Down on Love," and "In Pictures," also appear on For the Record, Alabama's collection of chart-topping singles. All of this means In the Mood: The Love Songs is a consistent collection of the band's easygoing, sentimental songs, and while it doesn't replace a more straightforward greatest-hits compilation, it should please the band's fans as well as anyone partial to romantic country.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974857327
catalogNumber:
748573
Rank:
21939

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I'm In The Mood
  2. The Living Years
  3. When We Make Love
  4. Touch Me When We're Dancing
  5. Feels So Right
  6. How Do You Fall In Love
  7. Fallin' Again
  8. Lady Down On Love
  9. The Closer You Get
  10. If I Had You
  11. We Can't Love Like This Anymore
  12. Then Again

Disc 2

  1. Here We Are
  2. Face To Face
  3. Take Me Down
  4. In Pictures
  5. Close Enough To Perfect
  6. Forever's As Far As I'll Go
  7. Love In The First Degree
  8. There's No Way
  9. God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You
  10. Nothing Comes Close
  11. Once Upon A Lifetime

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alabama   Primary Artist
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Cook   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums,Shaker
Theodore Gentry   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Herndon   Drums
David Hungate   Electric Bass
John Jarvis   Hammond Organ
Randy Owen   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alabama   Producer
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
J.P. Pennington   Composer
Evan Rogers   Composer
Mark Gray   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Rick Bowles   Composer
Kerry Chater   Composer
Lewis Anderson   Composer
Gary Baker   Composer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Ken Bell   Composer
Mike Bradley   Engineer
Mark Capps   Pro-Tools
Carl Chambers   Composer
Don Cook   Producer
Tim DuBois   Composer
Garth Fundis   Producer
Shannon Forrest   Loop
Theodore Gentry   Composer
Vince Gill   Composer
Emory Gordy   Producer
Jackie King   grooming
Josh Leo   Producer
Larry MacBride   Producer
Frank J. Myers   Composer
Randy Owen   Composer
Lisa Palas   Composer
Mike Reid   Composer
Ronnie Rogers   Composer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
Harold Shedd   Producer
Jeff Silbar   Composer
Carl Sturken   Composer
Mentor Williams   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Larry Michael Lee   Producer
Ron Rogers   Composer
J.L. Wallace   Composer
Kenny Bell   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Terry Skinner   Composer
John Jarrard   Composer
Danny Bear Mayo   Composer
William Soule Robinson   Composer
Jim Hunt   Composer
Joe Doyle   Composer
Greg Fowler   Composer
Bobby Boyd   Composer
Astrid Herbold May   Art Direction
Michael Barry Reid   Composer

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In The Mood: The Love Songs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JudysK9kids More than 1 year ago
The title says it all. Some of Alabamas greatest love songs compiled into one CD. Fabulous, A Must for any Alabama love song fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this Alabama CD, collection of love songs. It always makes me feel good. I love all of Alabama's music but this CD is my favorite. Brings back memories and creates new ones. I would give this more than 5 stars, if I could. Enjoy!!