Live Like You Were Dying

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Live Like You Were Dying
Studio album by Tim McGraw
Released August 24, 2004 (2004-08-24)
Genre Country
Length 64:00
Label Curb
Producer Byron Gallimore
Tim McGraw
Darran Smith
Tim McGraw chronology
Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors
(2002)
Live Like You Were Dying
(2004)
Tim McGraw Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2
(2006)
Singles from Live Like You Were Dying
  1. "Live Like You Were Dying"
    Released: June 7, 2004 (2004-06-07)
  2. "Back When"
    Released: August 30, 2004 (2004-08-30)
  3. "Drugs or Jesus"
    Released: January 17, 2005 (2005-01-17)
  4. "Do You Want Fries with That"
    Released: May 23, 2005 (2005-05-23)
  5. "My Old Friend"
    Released: September 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (61/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 5/5 stars [2]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [3]
Billboard Positive [4]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars [5]
Entertainment Weekly B [6]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars [1]
Mojo 1/5 stars [1]
The New York Times Mixed [7]
Plugged In (average) [8]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars [9]

Live Like You Were Dying is the eighth studio album by American country music artist Tim McGraw. It was released on August 24, 2004, by Curb Records and was recorded in a mountaintop studio in upstate New York. It entered the Billboard 200 chart at number one, with sales of 766,000 copies in its first week.[10] The album was certified 4 x Platinum by the RIAA for shipping four million copies,[11] and was nominated for two Grammies in 2005 for Best Country Vocal Performance Male and Best Country Album, winning for Best Country Vocal Performance. Five singles were released from the album, all were top 15 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, two of which hit #1.

Content[edit]

The title track was the first single from the album. The song peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, held it for seven weeks, and peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.[12] The song won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. The music video for the title track prominently featured McGraw's father, former baseball player Tug McGraw, who had died of brain cancer. This song was also the number one country song of 2004 according to Billboard Year-End.

The next single from this album is "Back When", which also reached #1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The third single, "Drugs or Jesus" peaked at #14, making it the first McGraw single since 1993 not to reach the country Top 10 (not counting "Tiny Dancer"). "Do You Want Fries with That" was the fourth single and peaked at #5, and the fifth and final single, "My Old Friend", peaked at #6.

"How Bad Do You Want It" was featured as the theme song to CMT's Trick My Truck. "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" was previously recorded by Travis Tritt on his 2002 album Stroung Enough.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "How Bad Do You Want It" (Jim Collins, Bill Luther) - 3:44
  2. "My Old Friend" (Craig Wiseman, Steve McEwan) - 3:37
  3. "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" (Steve Bogard, Rick Giles) - 3:08
  4. "Old Town New" (Bruce Robison, Darrell Scott) - 5:00
  5. "Live Like You Were Dying" (Wiseman, Tim Nichols) - 4:58
  6. "Drugs or Jesus" (Brett James, Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Troy Verges) - 4:39
  7. "Back When" (Jeff Stevens, Stan Lynch, Stephony Smith) - 4:59
  8. "Something's Broken" (Casey Beathard, Kevin Horne) - 3:42
  9. "Open Season on My Heart" (Rodney Crowell, James T. Slater) - 3:39
  10. "Everybody Hates Me" (Beathard, Ed Hill) - 3:28
  11. "Walk Like a Man" (Tom Douglas) - 3:35
  12. "Blank Sheet of Paper" (Don Schlitz, Brad Warren, Brett Warren) - 4:07
  13. "Just Be Your Tear" (Wiseman, Tony Mullins) - 4:47
  14. "Do You Want Fries with That" (Beathard, Kerry Kurt Phillips) - 3:59
  15. "Kill Myself" (Bob DiPiero, Anthony Smith, Bobby Terry) - 3:07
  16. "We Carry On" (Slater, Douglas) - 4:12

Personnel[edit]

The Dance Hall Doctors[edit]

Background vocals[edit]

  • Robert Bailey – track 6
  • Greg Barnhill – tracks 4, 5, 6, 11, 16
  • Kim Carnes – tracks 4, 6
  • Rodney Crowell – track 9
  • Kim Fleming – track 6
  • Vicki Hampton – track 6
  • Wes Hightower – tracks 10, 15, 16
  • Faith Hill – track 12
  • Steve McEwan – track 2
  • Gene Miller – tracks 13, 16
  • Chris Rodriguez – track 13
  • Russell Terrell – tracks 1, 3, 4, 8, 14
  • Brett Warren – track 12

Strings on tracks 5, 6, 11, 16[edit]

  • Charlie Bisharat, Darius Campo, Susan Chatman, Mario deLeon, Berj Garabedian, Armen Garabedian, Natalie Leggett, Sara Parkins – violins
  • Evan Wilson, Bob Becker - violas
  • Larry Corbett, Suzie Katayama – cellos
  • David Campbell – string arrangements
  • Steve Churchyard – string engineer
  • Suzie Katayama – string contractor
  • Greg Lawrence – other string engineer

Chart positions[edit]

Live Like You Were Dying debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at # 1, his third #1 album, and on the Top Country Albums number-one album, his seventh album at #1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Critic Reviews for Live Like You Were Dying". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  2. ^ Rondinella, Penny. "Tim McGraw - 'Live Like You Were Dying'". About.com. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom (2004-08-24). "Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Live Like You Were Dying". Billboard. September 4, 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-08-28. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  5. ^ Rimmer, Mike (2005-03-01). "Review: Live Like You Were Dying". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  6. ^ Chris Willman (2004-09-03). "Live Like You Were Dying Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  7. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2004-09-20). "CRITIC'S CHOICE/New CD's - Mamas, Trains, Prisons and a Wink". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  8. ^ Eaton, Loren; Smithouser, Bob. "Tim McGraw: Live Like You Were Dying". Plugged In. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  9. ^ Mansfield, Brian (2004-08-23). "Tim McGraw, Live Like You Were Dying". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  10. ^ "Tim McGraw Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  11. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  12. ^ a b c "Tim McGraw Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  13. ^ http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Tim+McGraw&titel=Live+Like+You+Were+Dying&cat=a
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 12, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Now 16 by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 5—September 18, 2004
Succeeded by
What I Do by Alan Jackson
Preceded by
Horse of a Different Color by Big & Rich
Top Country Albums number-one album
September 11–24, 2004
Succeeded by
What I Do by Alan Jackson
Preceded by
What I Do by Alan Jackson
Top Country Albums number-one album
October 2–8, 2004
Succeeded by
Be Here by Keith Urban