Dancin' on the Boulevard

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Dancin' on the Boulevard
Studio album by Alabama
Released April 8, 1997
Recorded October 1996
Genre Country
Length 42:05
Label RCA Nashville
Producer Alabama and Don Cook[1]
Alabama chronology
Christmas Vol. II
(1996)
Dancin' on the Boulevard
(1997)
Born Country
(1997)

Dancin' on the Boulevard is the fourteenth studio album by country music band Alabama. It was released on April 8, 1997, via RCA Nashville. The album includes the singles "Dancin, Shaggin' on the Boulevard", "Sad Lookin' Moon," "She's Got That Look in Her Eyes" and "Of Course I'm Alright". Also included on the album are cover versions of The Temptations' "My Girl" and Bruce Channel's "Hey! Baby".

Content[edit]

Dancin' on the Boulevard was produced by the band, along with Don Cook.[1] "Sad Lookin' Moon" was the first single release from the album, peaking at #2 on the U.S. country singles charts in 1997. Following it was the title track which, like "Sad Lookin' Moon", was co-written by lead singer Randy Owen along with bass guitarist Teddy Gentry and frequent collaborator Greg Fowler.[1] This song reached #3 on the same chart late that year.[2] "Of Course I'm Alright" followed late in the year and reached #22.[2] Finishing off the single releases was "She's Got That Look in Her Eyes", an Owen-Gentry collaboration which peaked at #21.[2]

Two covers are included on the album as well: "Hey! Baby" and "My Girl", originally Number One pop hits for Bruce Channel and The Temptations, respectively.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Thom Owens of Allmusic gave the album a two-star rating out of five, calling it "a fairly predictable and routine record that only catches fire on its singles".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard" (Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, Greg Fowler) - 4:43
  2. "Sad Lookin' Moon" (Owen, Gentry, Fowler) - 3:33
  3. "Anytime (I'm Your Man)" (Owen, Gentry, Fowler, Ronnie Rogers) - 3:52
  4. "She's Got That Look in Her Eyes" (Owen, Gentry) - 3:18
  5. "My Girl" (Ronald White, Smokey Robinson) - 3:08
  6. "Of Course I'm Alright" (Billy Kirsch) - 3:44
  7. "I Just Couldn't Say No" (Owen, Gentry, Fowler) - 4:35
  8. "Is the Magic Still There" (Owen, Gentry, Fowler) - 3:14
  9. "Calling All Angels" (Jeff Jones) - 4:37
  10. "Hey! Baby" (Bruce Channel, Margaret Cobb) - 3:06
  11. "One More Time Around" (Owen, Gentry, Fowler, Tim Briggs, Larry Hanson) - 4:15

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[1]

Alabama[edit]

Alabama's drummer, Mark Herndon, does not play on the album.

Additional musicians[edit]

String section[edit]

  • Carl Gorodetzky, Pamela Sixfin, Lee Larrison, Conni Ellisor, Alan Umstead, David Davidson, David Angell, Catherine Umstead – violins
  • Kris Wilkinson, Gary Vanosdale, Jim Grosjean – violas
  • Bob Mason, John Catchings – cellos

Strings arranged by Dennis Burnside.

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 5
U.S. Billboard 200 55
Canadian RPM Country Albums 2

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1997 "Sad Lookin' Moon" 2 1
"Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard" 3 4
"Of Course I'm Alright" 22 23
1998 "She's Got That Look in Her Eyes" 21 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Dancin' on the Boulevard (CD insert). Alabama. RCA Records. 1997. 67426. 
  2. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 20. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ Owens, Thom. "Dancin' on the Boulevard review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-17.