Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227818425
  • Catalog Number: 78184

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 Jr. 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, 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 III Background Vocals
Terry McMillan Harmonica, Percussion
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Gene Miller Background Vocals
The 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, 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Al 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
Pat Kraus Remastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Timeless Classics

    Nearly 2 decades have gone bye, since the release of Randy's first album, the "Storms Of Life". This Anthology album, is a stark reminder of just how far removed the genre has become since that Classic debut. Listening to these songs anew, they are amazingly as effecting today, as they were at the time of their release. The humor of "Better Class Of Losers", "Before You Kill Us All" "Stranger In My Mirror", still has the ability to bring a chuckle to the throat area. Then there's the songs that get to the very core of your being in their undieing devotion .Such as "Deeper Than The Holler", "Forever And Ever,Amen" "Forever Together","Look Heart, No Hands", "If I Didn't Have You" " This Is Me". Songs that give even the biggest cinic a reason to hope that there is love to be had after all. One can't help but wonder,the direction the country music industry has taken,over the last several years,just how many of todays hot artists, will have a catolog as enduring as this collection on "Trail Of Memories"

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