Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology

Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology

by Randy Travis

This is one stunning collection. If Randy Travis doesn't have as high a profile now as he did in the mid-'80s, when he was spearheading the New Traditionalist movement, it's not because he hasn't been making first-rate music. In 44 cuts spanning the years 1986 (which saw the release of his first solo album, Storms of Life)…  See more details below


This is one stunning collection. If Randy Travis doesn't have as high a profile now as he did in the mid-'80s, when he was spearheading the New Traditionalist movement, it's not because he hasn't been making first-rate music. In 44 cuts spanning the years 1986 (which saw the release of his first solo album, Storms of Life) through 1999, Trail of Memories illustrates the breathtaking consistency and impeccable song selection that has made every Travis album a memorable event, even if country radio begs to differ. Disc 1 contains the critical early tracks -- "Diggin' Up Bones," "On the Other Hand," "Forever and Ever, Amen," "Deeper than a Holler," et al. -- but Disc 2 wears well on the strength of "Better Class of Losers," "Memories of Old Santa Fe," "Look Heart, No Hands," and other gems. Sounding like a clone of Lefty Frizzell, Travis invests his lyrics with heart and soul -- his smooth, crooning baritone can wrap itself around a tearjerker like no one else's, and his good-natured personality shines through when he get holds of a lighthearted, upbeat lyric. The set is rounded out with several duets Travis cut with the likes of George Jones, B. B. King, Tammy Wynette, and fellow Frizzell acolyte Merle Haggard, along with single remixes of "It's Just a Matter of Time" and "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" and a long single edit of "Heroes and Friends." Travis probably wouldn't want to be called a national treasure, but he's something special all the same. Take this trail to wherever it leads; it'll do your spirit good.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology is a welcome, needed addition to his catalog. Although he's had hits collections before, nothing has come close to offering as much music as this two-disc, 44-track collection, nor has anything else made as strong a case for his musical accomplishments -- in this light, he truly sounds like the heir to such classic country singles as Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, and George Jones. Part of the reason that might not have been apparent to some listeners during the '80s is that even a new traditionalist like Travis was recorded according to the state-of-the-art standards of the time. So, even his grittiest material has a clean, sparkling surface, big drums, and a lot of instrument separation, all the hallmarks of mainstream production in the '80s. Years later, it's easier to listen past the production and hear the songs and Travis' singing, which, as this collection proves, is remarkably sturdy and consistent throughout his career. And Trail of Memories touches on each aspect of his career, from his early hits like "Diggin' Up Bones" to his late-'90s recordings for DreamWorks. Throughout it all, what's surprising is how little Travis has changed -- the best of his songs are always strong, simple, memorable, sung in a similar fashion, while dressed in pretty, clean production that disguises how close to classic late-'50s/'60s hardcore country this really is. He was heralded as a keeper of the flame in the '80s, and in 2002, when this collection was released, his music sounds purer than ever. Needless to say, this is an essential cornerstone in any contemporary country collection.

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Disc 1

  1. Diggin' Up Bones
  2. On the Other Hand
  3. Reasons I Cheat
  4. 1982
  5. Send My Body
  6. No Place Like Home
  7. Anything
  8. Forever and Ever, Amen
  9. I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)
  10. Too Gone Too Long
  11. I Told You So
  12. What'll You Do About Me
  13. Honky Tonk Moon
  14. Deeper Than the Holler
  15. Is It Still Over?
  16. It's Just a Matter of Time
  17. Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart
  18. He Walked on Water
  19. Card Carryin' Fool
  20. A Few Ole Country Boys
  21. Waiting on the Light to Change  - B.B. King
  22. We're Strangers Again  - Tammy Wynette
  23. All Night Long

Disc 2

  1. Heroes and Friends
  2. Allergic to the Blues
  3. Point of Light
  4. Forever Together
  5. I'm Gonna Have a Little Talk
  6. Better Class of Losers
  7. Look Heart, No Hands
  8. If I Didn't Have You
  9. Memories of Old Santa Fe
  10. Cowboy Boogie
  11. Before You Kill Us All
  12. Whisper My Name
  13. Gonna Walk That Line
  14. This Is Me
  15. Honky Tonk Side of Town
  16. The Box
  17. Would I
  18. Highway Junkie
  19. Stranger in My Mirror
  20. The Hole
  21. No Reason to Change

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Travis   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Paul Overstreet   Background Vocals
Verlon Thompson   Background Vocals
Tammy Wynette   Track Performer
Paul Davis   Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano,Keyboards
David Thomas   Background Vocals
Carol Chase   Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Cindy Walker   Background Vocals
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Blaine Sprouse   Fiddle
Troy Seals   Background Vocals
Gary Prim   Keyboards
Curtis Wright   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Kathie Baillie   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Piano
Michael Bonagura   Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Thomas Brannon   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Michael Brook   Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan   Piano
Dennis Burnside   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Dave Carpenter   Acoustic Bass
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Alvin Chea   Background Vocals
Cherry Sisters   Background Vocals
Doug Clements   Background Vocals
Bruce Dees   Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Cedric Dent   Background Vocals
Mark Douglas   Dobro
Dan Dugmore   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Phil Forrest   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Pedal Dobro
Roy Galloway   Background Vocals
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Doyle Grisham   Pedal Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Mark Hembree   Acoustic Bass
Hoot Hester   Fiddle
Jim Hoke   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sherilyn Huffman   Background Vocals
David Hungate   Bass
Teddy Irwin   Acoustic Guitar
John Jarvis   Piano,Keyboards
Greg Jennings   Electric Guitar
Wendy Suits Johnson   Background Vocals
Joey Kibble   Background Vocals
Mark Kibble   Background Vocals
B.B. King   Guitar
Alan LeBoeuf   Background Vocals
Kyle Lehning   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Paul Leim   Drums
Chris Leuzinger   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Lindsey   Synthesizer,Kurzweil Strings
Dennis Locorriere   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar
Jay Dee Maness   Steel Guitar
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,6-string bass
Claude V. McKnight   Background Vocals
Terry McMillan   Harmonica,Percussion
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Craig Nelson   Bass
Fred Newell   Electric Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle,Mandolin
Cyril Pahinui   Slack Key Guitar
James Bla Pahinui   Ukulele
Martin Pahinui   Bass
Dean Parks   Solo Instrumental,Acoustic Guitar
Richard Perry   Bass (Vocal)
Billy Puett   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Suzy Ragsdale   Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Cindy Richardson Walker   Background Vocals
Tom Roady   Percussion
Kayton Roberts   Steel Guitar
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Tom Rutledge   Fiddle
Darrell Scott   Background Vocals
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Allen Shamblin   Background Vocals
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Milton Sledge   Drums
Denis Solee   Clarinet
Jay Spell   Electric Piano
Keith Stegall   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Harry Stinson   Drums
James Stroud   Drums
Bobby Thompson   Acoustic Guitar
Diane Tidwell   Background Vocals
Diane Vanette   Background Vocals
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mervyn Warren   Background Vocals
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Bergen White   Background Vocals
Jack Williams   Bass
John Willis   Electric Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Curtis Young   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Roy Huskey   Acoustic Bass
David Johnson   Fiddle
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Larrie Londin   Drums
Dick Tunney   Accordion
Don Jackson   Clarinet
Lib Hatcher   Background Vocals
Mike Shapiro   Drums
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica,Percussion
Martha Sharp   Background Vocals
Diane Stegall   Background Vocals
Don Schlitz   Background Vocals
Gary Carter   Steel Guitar
Gary "Bud" Smith   Piano,Keyboards
Greg Walker   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Skip Ewing   Composer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
Randy Travis   Composer,Producer
Michel Camilo   Composer
Max D. Barnes   Composer
Steve Gibson   Producer
Chris Lord-Alge   Engineer
Buddy Blackmon   Composer
Joseph Bogan   Engineer
Jim Cotton   Engineer
Gene Eichelberger   Engineer
Paul Ericksen   Engineer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Gore   Composer
Alan Jackson   Composer
Julian King   Engineer
Tom Knox   Engineer
Greg Laney   Engineer
Kyle Lehning   Producer,Engineer
Howie Lindeman   Engineer
Steve Lindsey   String Arrangements
Marshall Morgan   Engineer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Richard Perry   Producer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Eric Prestidge   Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Rich Schirmer   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
David Schober   Engineer
Toby Seay   Engineer
Russell Smith   Composer
Keith Stegall   Producer
James Stroud   Producer
Vip Vipperman   Composer
Bergen White   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Richard Hanson   Engineer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Kirt Odle   Engineer
Nat Stuckey   Composer
Keith Odle   Engineer
Trey Bruce   Composer
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Steven Chean   Editorial Research
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Ben Harris   Engineer
Max T. Barnes   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Tim Scanlin   Liner Note Coordination
Keith Follesé   Composer
Dennis O'Rourke   Composer
James Paul O'Hara   Composer
Carl Vipperman   Composer

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