New Moves/Traces

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This 2011 BGO collection pairs Don Williams' 1986 album New Moves and its 1987 follow-up, Traces, the two albums he recorded for Capitol after a long, long stretch at Dot/ABC/MCA. Produced by Williams and his longtime associate Garth Fundis, New Moves is decidedly on the pop side of the country-pop scale, particularly in its smoothly addictive lead single "Heartbeat in the Darkness," a Dave Loggins and Russell Smith co-write. This slickness extends to the purer country moments here, including the sprightly two-step "Send Her Roses," and the album's appeal is its polish, how Williams glides along the surface and lends this collection of strong tuneful pop some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This 2011 BGO collection pairs Don Williams' 1986 album New Moves and its 1987 follow-up, Traces, the two albums he recorded for Capitol after a long, long stretch at Dot/ABC/MCA. Produced by Williams and his longtime associate Garth Fundis, New Moves is decidedly on the pop side of the country-pop scale, particularly in its smoothly addictive lead single "Heartbeat in the Darkness," a Dave Loggins and Russell Smith co-write. This slickness extends to the purer country moments here, including the sprightly two-step "Send Her Roses," and the album's appeal is its polish, how Williams glides along the surface and lends this collection of strong tuneful pop some genuine warmth. Arriving just a year later, Traces strips away much of the gloss of New Moves, leaving behind a soft, gentle country-pop record where the acoustic guitars are in the forefront and the synthesizers are used as background coloring. This isn't always true -- the soft rock crossover "Running Out of Reasons to Run" relies on every production trick of the mid-'80s, complete with punchy horns, insistent keyboards, and squawking echoing guitars -- but overall, Traces feels more intimate than its predecessor, both in its production and its selection of songs, which emphasizes dreamy ballads over tuneful hooks. Generally, this means Traces fades into the background, never quite catching the ear like the candied New Moves, but as romantic relaxation, it isn't bad, and this BGO two-fer is a nice roundup of Williams' lone two albums for Capitol.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261209894
  • Catalog Number: 6120989
  • Sales rank: 40,474

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Williams Primary Artist, Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Beth Nielsen Chapman Background Vocals
Buddy Spicher Fiddle, Viola
Donna McElroy Background Vocals
Dave Loggins Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Green Dobro, Steel Guitar
Pat McLaughlin Mandolin
Charles Cochran Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Bruce Dees Background Vocals
Garth Fundis Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Pat Flynn Acoustic Guitar
Jim Foglesong Vocal Harmony
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Jim Horn Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Dave Kirby Guitar
Kenny Malone Percussion, Drums, Marimbas, Tambourine
Mark O'Connor Mandolin
Dave Pomeroy Bass, Background Vocals
Billy Sanford Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Biff Watson Organ, Guitar, Background Vocals
Jimmy Colvard Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Shane Seister Electric Piano
Danny Flowers Harmonica, Electric Guitar
Joe Allen Bass, Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Don Williams Composer, Producer
Pat McLaughlin Composer
Charles Cochran String Arrangements
Garth Fundis Producer, Engineer
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements
Gary Laney Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Mark Miller Engineer
John Tobler Liner Notes
Roy Kohara Art Direction
Mark Shoolery Sleeve Design
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Hendricks Composer
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