Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart

by Reba McEntire

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Overview

Heart to Heart

Reba McEntire's gradually developing career marked another milestone with the honky tonk ballad "Today All Over Again," which was her first single to peak in the Top Five of the country charts. Mercury Records naturally included it on her next album, Heart to Heart, released as the single was on its way up, and that connection enabled the LP to be McEntire's first to reach the country album chart after her previous three albums had failed. The ten-song collection with a running time under 30 minutes (standard for country LPs) demonstrated that McEntire remained a promising, but not yet accomplished country artist. "Today All Over Again" was the most traditional sounding track, but producer Jerry Kennedy was able to take some stylistic risks with McEntire because her distinct Oklahoma accent and personable, throaty delivery made everything she sang sound country, no matter what arrangement was backing her. Thus, the string-filled "There Ain't No Love," essentially a soft pop ballad, seemed as authentically country as "How Does It Feel to Be Free," which McEntire sang with only a piano as accompaniment. And while she definitely put emotion into her voice, McEntire was able to give a relatively understated reading to the sad story-song "Small Two-Bedroom Starter" that prevented it from becoming overly sentimental. But all of this meant that the artist was triumphing over the material; most country artists, as non-writers, are at the mercy of what they or their producers can find from the publishing houses, and McEntire wasn't getting the pick of the best new songs in Nashville at this point in her career. No wonder that Mercury chose as the album's second single a cover of the Platters' 1955 pop hit "Only You (And You Alone)," going for something familiar over the mediocre new compositions. That the single rose into the Top 20 was an indication that country fans were starting to be interested in anything McEntire chose to record, which boded well for her future.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/1993
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0042282628329
catalogNumber: 826283

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Reba McEntire   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Vocals,Background Vocals
Martin Katahn   Strings
George Binkley   Strings
John David Boyle   Strings
Thomas Brannon   Background Vocals
Marvin Chantry   Strings
Roy Christensen   Strings
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Yvonne Hodges   Background Vocals
Sheldon Kurland   Strings
Martha McCrory   Strings
Susie McEntire   Background Vocals
Dennis Molchan   Strings
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Ricky Page   Background Vocals
Samuel Terranova   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
D. Bergen White   Background Vocals
Trish Williams   Background Vocals
Stephanie Woolf   Strings
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Buck Ram   Composer
Jerry Carrigan   Contributor
Chip Young   Contributor
Ray Christensen   Contributor
Dean Dillon   Composer
Ray Edenton   Contributor
Bobby Harden   Composer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer,Contributor
Gordon Kennedy   Contributor
Brent King   Engineer
Mike Leech   Contributor
Weldon Myrick   Contributor
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Contributor
Pete Wade   Contributor
D. Bergen White   Arranger
Bob Heimall   Artwork
Ande Rand   Composer
James Peterik   Composer

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