Chipmunks in Low Places

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Chipmunks In Low Places
Studio album by John Boylan and Alvin and the Chipmunks
Released September 29, 1992 (US)
Recorded August 1992
Genre Children's music, country
Length 42:20
Label Chipmunk Records/Sony Wonder (US)
Producer John Boylan,
Janice Karman and
Ross Bagdasarian
John Boylan chronology
The Simpsons Sing the Blues
(1990)
Chipmunks In Low Places
(1992)
Kermit...Unpigged
(1995)
Alvin & the Chipmunks chronology
The Chipmunks Rock the House
(1991)
Chipmunks In Low Places
(1992)
Greatest Hits
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Chipmunks in Low Places is a country album written by John Boylan and Andrew Gold and performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks. It features cover songs as well as original material. Released on September 29, 1992, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA, becoming the group's first platinum record and making it the Chipmunks' best-selling album. The album reached number 21 on the Billboard 200, becoming their first album to chart in ten years. The album also managed to peak at No. 6 on Billboard's Top Country Albums, making it the highest peaking album for the group on the chart.

Storyline[edit]

Alvin is broke and is feeling "so blue" about life in general. He cheers himself up to his favorite country songs [track 1]. He brings in his favorite singers to sing with him in his latest album, but every duet ends with an argument [tracks 2-3]. His girlfriend Brittany is in the final process of breaking up with him [tracks 4 and 10]. Coming home to a dirty room, he is so depressed after seeing his guests imitate his mischief that he loses touch with reality and sinks into fairy tale addiction [track 5], refusing to clean his room in the process. At Charlie Daniels's urging, he starts to be nice to his brothers, but the conversation between them results in the unloading of a lot of unpleasant memories [track 6]. He does a concert in Nashville, but cannot resist destroying his and his brothers' instruments [tracks 7-8]. Grounded for his recent acts of mischief, he tries to hook up with Waylon Jennings, but Mr. Jennings turns down his overtures and badmouths his natural behavior [track 9]. Having scared everyone else away, he utters one final, futile act of self-indignation [track 11].

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Country Pride"   Paul Peterson, John Boylan 3:23
2. "Achy Breaky Heart" (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) Don Von Tress 4:49
3. "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio" (feat. Aaron Tippin) Aaron Tippin, Buddy Brock 4:17
4. "Stand by Your Man" (feat. Tammy Wynette) Tammy Wynette, Billy Sherrill 4:46
5. "Gotta Believe in Pumpkins"   Ross Bagdasarian, Andrew Gold 3:13
6. "Brothers and Old Boots" (feat. Charlie Daniels) Bagdasarian, Janice Karman, Boylan 4:27
7. "Don’t Rock the Jukebox" (feat. Alan Jackson) Alan Jackson, Roger Murrah, Keith Stegall 3:44
8. "Down at the Twist and Shout"   Mary Chapin Carpenter 3:28
9. "Outlaws" (feat. Waylon Jennings) Waylon Jennings 3:51
10. "I Feel Lucky"   Carpenter, Don Schlitz 3:09
11. "I Ain't No Dang Cartoon"   Bagdasarian, Karman, Gold 3:06

Source: allmusic[2]

Musicians and vocalists[edit]

  • B. James Lowry – guitar
  • Roy Huskey, Jr. – bass guitar
  • Eddie Bayers – drums
  • Steve Nathan – keyboards
  • Owen Hale – percussion
  • Buddy Emmons – steel guitar
  • Rob Hajacos – fiddle
  • Andrew Gold – keyboards, guitars, and backing vocals
  • John Boylan – keyboards and guitars
  • Billy Burnette – guitar and backing vocals
  • Rainy Haynes – backing vocals
  • Sherwood Ball – backing vocals
  • Gerry Beckley – backing vocals

Production credits[edit]

  • John Boylan – producer
  • Janice Karman – producer
  • Ross Bagdasarian – producer
  • Warren Peterson – engineer (Nashville unit)
  • Greg Parker – assistant engineer (Nashville unit)
  • Traci Sterling – production coordinator (Nashville unit)
  • Paul Grupp – engineer (Los Angeles unit)
  • Richard Markowitz – assistant engineer (Los Angeles unit)
  • Denice Ferguson – production coordinator (Los Angeles unit)
  • Teri Wegel – production coordinator (Los Angeles unit)
  • Steve "Boots" Karman – art direction
  • Tony Le Bruno – cover photo
  • Sandra – cover animation art
  • Kim Ellis – cover animation art

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 6
U.S. Billboard 200 21
Canadian RPM Country Albums 9

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Chipmunks in Low Places > Overview". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-07-29.