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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
True to its name, Timeless finds Martina McBride reviving indisputable country moments from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Producing the disc and supporting herself with small combos populated by an all-star Nashville cast, McBride delivers a clinic in soulful, emotionally engaged vocalizing that honors the spirit and style of the original numbers, even as she puts her own heartfelt stamp on them. She covers a wide swath of turf while belting out foot-stompers such as Buck Owens's "Love's Gonna Live Here," seductively cooing Kris Kristofferson's sensual plea, "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and putting a torchy hurt on pop-influenced heartbreakers, notably "I Can't Stop ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
True to its name, Timeless finds Martina McBride reviving indisputable country moments from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Producing the disc and supporting herself with small combos populated by an all-star Nashville cast, McBride delivers a clinic in soulful, emotionally engaged vocalizing that honors the spirit and style of the original numbers, even as she puts her own heartfelt stamp on them. She covers a wide swath of turf while belting out foot-stompers such as Buck Owens's "Love's Gonna Live Here," seductively cooing Kris Kristofferson's sensual plea, "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and putting a torchy hurt on pop-influenced heartbreakers, notably "I Can't Stop Loving You," which retains the Ray Charles–style background singers but otherwise takes shape as a stark, honky-tonk tear-jerker. Dolly Parton sits in for a tremulous harmony vocal on a delicate, deliberate folk-style reading of Johnny Cash's exquisite but wrenching "I Still Miss Someone"; Dwight Yoakam drops by for the Harlan Howard–penned honky-tonk gem "Heartaches by the Number"; and Dan Tyminski and Rhonda Vincent team up on the jubilant chorus of Ray Price's loping western swing workout, "I'll Be There." McBride makes Buddy Holly's "True Love Ways" a singular moment among the many powerful, well-considered performances here, luxuriating in an elegant string arrangement and caressing the lyrics with a breathtaking balance of precision and restrained ache. Timeless, indeed, are the songs, but so are McBride's loving, straightforward interpretations.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Mandy St. Amand
[Grade: A+] McBride's voice soars and gets brilliant backup.... The results are nearly perfect.

[Grade: A+] McBride's voice soars and gets brilliant backup.... The results are nearly perfect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767242521
  • Catalog Number: 72425

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martina McBride Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Rhonda Vincent Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Dolly Parton Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Dwight Yoakam Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Steve Gibson Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
John Wesley Ryles Vocal Harmony
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, Hammond B3
Larry Paxton Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Chris Teal Violin
Dan Tyminski Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Bergen White Vocal Harmony
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Glenn Worf Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Paul Worley Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin Strings
Russell Terrell Vocal Harmony
Lisa Cochran Vocal Harmony
Melodie Crittenden Vocal Harmony
Marabeth Jordon Vocal Harmony
Karen Winkelmann Violin
Cate Myer Violin
Jon Mark Ivey Vocal Harmony
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, Author
Tammy Wynette Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Joe South Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Martina McBride Producer, Author, Audio Production
Dennis Burnside String Arrangements
Hank Cochran Composer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Michael Dumas Vocal Engineer
Harlan Howard Composer
The Nashville String Machine Contributor
Bonnie Owens Composer
Larry Paxton Tic Tac
George Richey Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Jonathan Yudkin String Arrangements
S. Wade Hunt Art Direction
Jack Rollins Composer
Don Sessions Composer
Rusty Gabbard Composer
John Volinkaty Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
John McBride Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Ever-Ever-Ever

    If you like traditional country, this is the most outstanding CD I have ever heard. Maybe no one can, or will ever again, be able to sing like Patsy Cline or Emmylou Harris. But Martina singing traditional country music is real close to the best ever. Maybe the best ever-you decide. I think Emmylou has the best voice ever, but you have to hear this CD. What a voice Martina has.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Cd!

    "Timeless" is an amazing cd! I went from hating every song to lovin' 'em all! This cd has grown on me alot. It doesn't leave my cd player all day! If you don't already have it BUY IT! You won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    McBride will keep these songs alive for decades.

    "Timeless" is one of the best recordings of country music I have heard in over 50 years. Martina McBride does more than honor the greatest writers and singers of the past 50 years, she becomes some of them. She can copy the slightest charming touch in Dolly Parton's voice. She breathes like Buck Owens. "Love's Gonna Live Here Again," when Martina does it, is the happiest country song I have ever heard. McBride gives breathtaking performances on many of these songs. She now "owns" songs that have been recorded by 60 other singers. Imus actually understated how good Martina is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Country from a Classy Songstress

    I have long been a fan of Martina McBride and enjoy her contemporary music with strong women and inspirational themes. But as an old timer and fan of the "old" country music often wondered how well her strong voice would work with some of the old Classic sounds of country music. This album provides a 5 star answer to that question. I have recently added many of the available compilations of classic country and Bluegrass from the 30's-'80's to my library so I have a decent basis for comparison to the original sounds. Not only does Martina "knock it out of the park" with her performance on TIMELESS, but as Producer she took pains to recreate the authenticity of using vintage acoustic instruments and recording equipment to faithfully recreate the "old time sound". I also found the liner notes on this CD to be worth the price of admission. She carefully describes the backstory and explains her reasons for each included track. I wish the CMA had an award catagory for "Best Liner Notes" This is a sure winer. Here in one small package you have good reading and great listening. I sincerely hope she does more of this kind of recording.

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