Juice (Juice Newton album)

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Juice
Studio album by Juice Newton
Released February 1981
Genre Country, pop
Length 34:42
Label Capitol
Producer Richard Landis
Juice Newton chronology
Take Heart (1979) Juice
(1981)
Quiet Lies
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Juice is the multi-Platinum 1981 breakthrough album by American country-rock singer Juice Newton. The album was Newton's third solo album and her first major international success.

Hits[edit]

Newton remade the 1968 Merrilee Rush hit at the suggestion of Steve Meyer, who promoted Capitol Records product to radio stations and felt it would be a strong candidate to attain airplay for Newton.[2]

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The album features two #1 hits "Angel of the Morning" and "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)". It also contains "Queen of Hearts," the biggest-selling single of Juice Newton's career, which peaked at #2 on both Billboard's Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts[3] ("Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie prevented the song from reaching #1). "Queen of Hearts" was a popular music video during the summer of MTV's debut. Newton would go on to have more hit songs and albums, but this remains the album for which she is best known.

Awards[edit]

Juice garnered Juice Newton two "Best Female Vocalist" Grammy Award nominations (in the Pop and Country categories, respectively) neither of which she won. But she did win her first Grammy for her follow-up album Quiet Lies.

Greatest Hits[edit]

In 1984, a fourth track from Juice titled "Ride 'Em Cowboy" was released in support of Newton's first "Greatest Hits" album. The single reached #32 on the U.S. Billboard Country charts.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Angel of the Morning"   Chip Taylor 4:12
2. "Shot Full of Love"   Bob McDill 3:22
3. "Ride 'Em Cowboy"   Paul Davis 3:30
4. "Queen of Hearts"   Hank DeVito 3:29
5. "River of Love"   Juice Newton, Otha Young 2:53
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All I Have to Do Is Dream"   Felice and Boudleaux Bryant 3:10
2. "Headin' for a Heartache"   Byron Hill, J. Remington Wilde 2:46
3. "Country Comfort"   Elton John, Bernie Taupin 4:17
4. "Texas Heartache"   Keith Stegall, Chris Waters 2:59
5. "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)"   Otha Young 4:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Juice Newton - guitar, vocals
  • Chuck Martin, George Doering, Mitch Holder, Otha Young, Tim May - electric guitar
  • Billy Walker, Dennis Budimir, Fred Tackett - acoustic guitar
  • Dan Dugmore, Doug Livingston, Jay Dee Maness - pedal steel guitar
  • Phil Aaberg - keyboards
  • Neil Stubenhaus, Scott Chambers - bass
  • Rick Shlosser - drums
  • Steve Forman - percussion
  • Brad Felton - banjo
  • Andrew Gold, Brock Walsh, Harry Stinson, Jim Haas, Jon Joyce, Kenny Edwards, Lewis Morford, Stan Farber - background vocals

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Richard Landis
  • Associate Producer: Otha Young
  • Engineered By Joe Chiccarelli
  • Assistant Engineers: David Cole, Hugh Davies, Mitch Gibson, Karen Siegel
  • Mixing: Michael Verdick
  • Mastering: Wally Traugott

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4 [4]
U.S. Billboard 200 22 [4]
Canadian RPM Top Albums 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ Juice at AllMusic
  2. ^ Campbell, Mary (April 15, 1981). "Juice Newton is into Pop". Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, Maine). p. 6. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Juice - Juice Newton AllMusic.com Singles charts and awards
  4. ^ a b Juice - Juice Newton AllMusic.com Album charts and awards