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Read My Mind
     

Read My Mind

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by Reba McEntire
 
The opening blast of saxophone on Read My Mind's opening cut, "Everything You Want," and its Dire Straits-style atmosphere tell you that Reba (no last name needed) is no ordinary country artist. She continues her adventurous ways throughout the album, delving into a Chicago blues swagger on "Why Haven't I Heard From You" and

Overview

The opening blast of saxophone on Read My Mind's opening cut, "Everything You Want," and its Dire Straits-style atmosphere tell you that Reba (no last name needed) is no ordinary country artist. She continues her adventurous ways throughout the album, delving into a Chicago blues swagger on "Why Haven't I Heard From You" and insightful folk-pop on "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter." Then there's the rockabilly kick of "I Won't Stand in Line," which shifts into overdrive with a smoking gospel chorus. But the real strength of Read My Mind is in its ballads. The title tune is a masterful statement of longing. "She Thinks His Name Was John" is strong stuff -- the tragic tale of a one-night stand that leaves the song's narrator HIV-positive. Being a Reba record, there's heartbreak in "I Wish that I Could Tell You" and obsessive love in "Till You Love Me," and few singers can convey those feelings better than Reba. More importantly, few country artists are willing to take similar emotional chances, which is why Reba is still queen.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Charlotte Dillon
This 1994 album, Read My Mind, is another wonderful offering of songs performed by the gifted country singer Reba McEntire. Half of the tunes on this album became hits. Many carry a deep emotional impact, with themes that move from a wife confronting a cheating husband in "I Won't Stand in Line" to lost love in "And Still" to a young woman dealing with AIDS while her friends and family face her nearing death in "She Thinks His Name Was John." There are also a couple of good everyday love ballads on this offering, and the fun and fast-paced song "Why Haven't I Heard From You." Mixed in with the expected country styling on this album you'll find a little soul, a little swing, and some pop, too. This is one of the few albums music lovers will find out there where almost every song is a good one, and worth repeated listening.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/1994
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0008811099428
catalogNumber:
10994

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Reba McEntire   Primary Artist,Vocals
Linda Davis   Background Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer
Lisa Bevill   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Terry Crisp   Steel Guitar
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Lisa Glasgow   Background Vocals
John Guess   Overdubs
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Mark Heimermann   Background Vocals
Yvonne Hodges   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Joe McGlohon   Saxophone
Michael Mellett   Background Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Michael Omartian   Conductor
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Lang Scott   Background Vocals
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Carlos Vega   Drums
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Marty Williams   Overdubs
Melissa Coleman   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Chris Harris   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Reba McEntire   Producer,Liner Notes
Van Stephenson   Composer
Derek Bason   Contributor,Overdub Assistant
Tony Brown   Producer
Steve Diamond   Composer
John Guess   Engineer
Anthony Martin   Composer
Michael Mellett   Contributor
Todd Moore   Composer
Jessie Noble   Contributor
Michael Omartian   Arranger
Melissa Coleman   Composer
Kim Williams   Composer
Tommy James   Composer
Cindy Owen   Art Direction
Lonnie Williams   Composer
Keith Thomas   Composer

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Read My Mind 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this cd. it has great songs. my favorite's are Till you love me ,read my mind,and many more. if you like Reba you will love this cd!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a HUGE Reba fan ever practically since birth, and she's a huge inspiration to my singing. Read My Mind is a rare CD for me that I can just put on and listen to....no skippin around LOL. Every song on here is a aboslute hit, Reba's at her best. My personal favorites are 'Why Haven't I Heard From You' (which I have sentimental attachment to since that's the first song I ever remember hearing!), 'Till You Love Me', 'I Won't Stand In Line' & 'She Thinks His Name Was John'. Reba is a true musical genius, if there were more like her the music world'd be a much better place. Keep it up girl!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The song ''She Thinks His Name Was John'' is reason enough to buy this CD. HIV/AIDS is not a subject you expect country singers to address. Not only is it an incredible song, it also has an important message.I admire someone of Reba's stature in the country music world for singing this song.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago