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Timeless [Bonus Tracks]
     

Timeless [Bonus Tracks]

by Martina McBride
 

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Timeless refers to the 18 songs Martina McBride covers on her seventh studio albums, classic country tunes every one. Most of the songs date from the '60s and '70s -- the oldest songs here are the opening pair of Hank Williams' "You Win Again" and Ray Price's "I'll Be There," both dating from the '50s, along with

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Timeless refers to the 18 songs Martina McBride covers on her seventh studio albums, classic country tunes every one. Most of the songs date from the '60s and '70s -- the oldest songs here are the opening pair of Hank Williams' "You Win Again" and Ray Price's "I'll Be There," both dating from the '50s, along with Hank Snow's "I Don't Hurt Anymore" and another Price perennial, "Heartaches by the Number" -- and the great majority of these songs are quite familiar. "I Can't Stop Loving You," "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden," "Today I Started Loving You Again," "Satin Sheets," "I Still Miss Someone," "Love's Gonna Live Here," "Make the World Go Away," and "Help Me Make It Through the Night" have all been covered regularly and remain radio staples to this day, and even such comparatively obscure choices as Harlan Howard's terrific "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down" (made into a hit by Charlie Walker) are well-known to hardcore country fans. Instead of being a detriment, the familiarity is a blessing, since these well-known songs illustrate McBride's range, power, and subtlety as a vocalist, as well as her skill as an interpreter. Timeless strikes a tricky and effective balance of being traditional -- the thoroughly annotated, well-detailed liner notes reveal that this extended down to the recording, where mostly vintage equipment, with no digital plug-ins, were used -- and contemporary. The songs and sounds are familiar, and even when McBride does an unexpected arrangement -- the mellow, introspective acoustic-based "I Still Miss Someone" -- they're not wildly unexpected, yet this all feels fresh, due to the excellence of the band, McBride's sterling taste in material, and, best of all, her extraordinary voice. She has always been one of the greatest vocalists in contemporary country, but Timeless is the first time that she's recorded a full-fledged singer's album, one where she not only has the material to showcase her range, but also a sympathetic band, arrangements, and production to highlight her remarkable voice. The result isn't just one of the best country albums of 2005 but her best album since The Way That I Am. [This edition contains bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Sony/Bmg Int'l
UPC:
0828767286624
catalogNumber:
672866
Rank:
14035

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martina McBride   Primary Artist,Cello
Rhonda Vincent   Cello
Dolly Parton   Cello
Dwight Yoakam   Cello
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
John Wesley Ryles   Cello
David Angell   Violin
Eddie Bayers   Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Nashville String Machine   Track Performer
Larry Paxton   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Chris Teal   Violin
Dan Tyminski   Cello
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Bergen White   Cello
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Glenn Worf   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Paul Worley   Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Strings
Russell Terrell   Cello
Lisa Cochran   Cello
Melodie Crittenden   Cello
Marabeth Jordon   Cello
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Cate Myer   Violin
Jon Mark Ivey   Cello
Marty Schiff   Acoustic Guitar
Janet Askey   Violin
Sarighani Reist   Cello

Technical Credits

Marty Stuart   Liner Notes
Bill Anderson   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Loretta Lynn   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer,Liner Notes
Tammy Wynette   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Martina McBride   Producer
Dennis Burnside   String Arrangements
Hank Cochran   Composer
Michael Dumas   Engineer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Bonnie Owens   Composer
Larry Paxton   Tic Tac
George Richey   Composer
Jonathan Yudkin   Composer,String Arrangements
Jack Rollins   Composer
Don Sessions   Composer
Rusty Gabbard   Composer
John Volinkaty   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
John McBride   Engineer
Bruce Allen   Management

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