Today/Don't Let Me Touch You

Today/Don't Let Me Touch You

by Marty Robbins

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Today/Don't Let Me Touch You

Morello's 2016 two-fer combines two Marty Robbins albums from the '70s: 1971's Today and 1977's Don't Let Me Touch You. Separated by seven years, these two records aren't necessarily ideally matched, yet they both showcase Robbins' easy touch. Produced by Robbins himself, Today doesn't contain a hint of the macho swagger suggested by the cover photo of the singer in full NASCAR regalia, but that's not to say that it's an album bound together by syrup. "The Chair," a song that peaked at seven on Billboard's Country Singles chart, is overheated death-row melodrama told from the perspective of the executed prisoner, while "Late Great Lover" and "Thanks, But No Thanks, Thanks to You" are pieces of hardwood Texas honky tonk where all the grit and grain have been sanded away. Elsewhere, there's a heavy hint of folk borrowed from Glen Campbell -- "Early Morning Sunshine," the other Top Ten hit here (it topped out at nine), is an exquisite piece of twinkling early-'70s AM-prog, while "Quiet Shadows" could've fit onto an inquisitive record by an MOR singer -- that meshes well with the bent toward ballads. Ultimately, these different strands combine to form a record that's meant for early mornings: it provides quiet comfort. Billy Sherrill, the king of CBS country in the '70s, produced Don't Let Me Touch You in 1977, and his fondness for majestic string arrangements is a nice fit for a crooner as skilled as Robbins. Sherrill helps bring out Marty's old-fashioned side, having him record a clutch of standards from the Great American Songbook -- "Try a Little Tenderness," "Harbor Lights," and "Return to Me" anchor the middle of the album, with the latter reaching six on Billboard's Country Singles chart, the same position achieved by the title track -- and the whole enterprise carries the unmistakable air of an easy listening crossover. Hints of harder country are apparent -- there's a stride piano and a little steel guitar, a subdued Western gait to a tempo -- but this is quiet, subdued music. If anything, Robbins is responsible for the suggestions of soft rock modernity here: he wrote "The Way I Loved You Best," "More Than Anything I Miss You," and "Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow," each existing at the horizon line where buttoned-up tradition meets the colorful fads of today. It's enough to give Don't Let Me Touch You a slight lift out of its appealing somnolence.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 5013929895430
catalogNumber: 5073633
Rank: 68881

Tracks

  1. Early Morning Sunshine
  2. Late Great Lover
  3. I'm Not Blaming You
  4. Another Day Has Gone By
  5. Thanks, But No Thanks, Thanks to You
  6. Quiet Shadows
  7. Too Many Places
  8. You Say It's Over
  9. Put a Little Rainbow in Your Pocket
  10. Seventeen Years
  11. The Chair
  12. Don't Let Me Touch You
  13. There's No More You and Me
  14. To Get to You
  15. The Way I Loved You Best
  16. Try a Little Tenderness
  17. Return to Me
  18. Harbor Lights
  19. More Than Anything, I Miss You
  20. A Tree in the Meadow
  21. Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow

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