Mountain Music (album)

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Mountain Music
Studio album by Alabama
Released February 25, 1982
October 25, 1990 (re-release)
Genre Country
Length 39:21
Label RCA Nashville
Producer Alabama
Harold Shedd
Alabama chronology
Feels So Right
(1981)
Mountain Music
(1982)
The Closer You Get...
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Mountain Music, released in 1982, is the award-winning third studio album by country music group Alabama. A crossover success, it ranked well as an album on both country and pop charts and launched singles that were successful in several markets. This is Alabama's most successful non-compilation album. In 1998, the album was certified 5x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

Track listing[edit]

A Side[edit]

  1. "Mountain Music" (Randy Owen) – 4:12
  2. "Close Enough to Perfect" (Carl Chambers) – 3:34
  3. "Words at Twenty Paces" (Hugh Moffatt) – 3:54
  4. "Changes Comin' On" (Buddy Cannon, Jimmy Darrell, Dean Dillon) – 6:51
  5. "Green River" (John Fogerty) – 2:51

B Side[edit]

  1. "Take Me Down" (Mark Gray, J.P. Pennington) – 4:53
  2. "You Turn Me On" (Teddy Gentry, Owen) – 3:11
  3. "Never Be One" (Gentry) – 2:46
  4. "Lovin' You Is Killin' Me" (Jeff Cook) – 3:00
  5. "Gonna Have a Party" (Bruce Channel, Cliff Cochran, Kieran Kane) – 4:09

Note: The BMGSP reissue of this album replaces the full versions of "Mountain Music" and "Take Me Down" with their single edits.

Personnel[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Owen, Cook and Gentry share lead vocals on "Gonna Have a Party" and one verse of "Mountain Music"

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Hayword Bishop - drums
  • Mark Casstevens - background vocals, guitar
  • Michael Douchette - harmonica
  • David Hanner - guitar
  • David Humphreys - drums
  • George Leo Jackson - guitar
  • Jerry Kroon - drums
  • Rodger Morris - keyboards
  • Roger Morris - keyboards, Synclavier II, Emulator, Prophet 5
  • Fred Newell - guitar
  • Larry Paxton - bass guitar
  • William Rainsford - keyboards
  • Dale Sellers - guitar
  • Walter Smith - bass guitar
  • Bruce Watkins - banjo, violin

String arrangements by Kristin Wilkinson

Production[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Mountain Music charted No. 1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart in 1982 and reached No. 14 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart the same year. It won 1982's Grammy Award for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals".

Chart (1982) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 14
Canadian RPM Top Albums 38

Singles[edit]

The album produced three hit singles, with the title song "Mountain Music" reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The other two singles were successful in several markets: "Take Me Down", a No. 1 country hit, reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart. "Close Enough to Perfect" charted No. 1 on the Hot Country Singles and No. 65 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US AC CAN Country CAN AC
1982 "Mountain Music" 1 101 1 1
"Take Me Down" 1 18 5 1 1
"Close Enough to Perfect" 1 65 1

Notes[edit]

Preceded by
Bobbie Sue by The Oak Ridge Boys
Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
Highways & Heartaches by Ricky Skaggs
Top Country Albums number-one album
April 17 - May 15, 1982
June 5, 1982
June 26 - July 10, 1982
November 27, 1982 - April 2, 1983
Succeeded by
Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
Pancho & Lefty by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
Preceded by
Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
1983
Succeeded by
Don't Cheat in Our Hometown by Ricky Skaggs