Always & Forever (Randy Travis album)

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Always & Forever
Always&Forever.jpg
Studio album by Randy Travis
Released April 4, 1987
Recorded 1986 at StarGem and Audio Media – Nashville, TN
Genre Country
Length 30:33
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer Kyle Lehning
Randy Travis chronology
Storms of Life
(1986)
Always & Forever
(1987)
Old 8×10
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times 1/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]

Always & Forever is the second album by country music singer Randy Travis. It was released on April 4, 1987 by Warner Bros. Records. Released from this album were the singles "Too Gone Too Long", "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)", "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "I Told You So", all of which reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

The track "What'll You Do About Me" has been covered by several artists, including single releases by Steve Earle, The Forester Sisters and Doug Supernaw. "I Told You So" was covered by Carrie Underwood as a duet with Travis on her 2007 album Carnival Ride, from which it was released as a single in January 2009.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Too Gone Too Long" (Gene Pistilli) – 2:24
  2. "My House" (Al Gore, Paul Overstreet) – 2:54
  3. "Good Intentions" (Marvin Coe, Merle Haggard, Randy Travis) – 3:37
  4. "What'll You Do About Me" (Dennis Linde) – 2:38
  5. "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)" (Max D. Barnes, Troy Seals) – 3:08
  6. "Forever and Ever, Amen" (Overstreet, Don Schlitz) – 3:31
  7. "I Told You So" (Travis) – 3:40
  8. "Anything" (Ronny Scaife, Phil Thomas) – 2:41
  9. "The Truth Is Lyin' Next to You" (Susan Longacre, Kent Robbins) – 3:24
  10. "Tonight We're Gonna Tear Down the Walls" (Jim Sales, Travis) – 2:38

Production[edit]

  • Engineer Outboard Gear Service: Studio Equipment Rental (co owner: Pamela M Jones)

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Albums 16
US Billboard Top Country Albums 1
US Billboard 200 19

Reception[edit]

On episode #1515 of the award-winning podcast Never Not Funny, comedian Jimmy Pardo revealed this album as his #2 favorite album of 1987, behind Don Dixon's Romeo at Juilliard. Pardo admits, however, that he has never seen Travis in concert.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Always & Forever at AllMusic
  2. ^ Hochman, Steve (May 3, 1987). "Hollow Homage". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Randy Travis". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  4. ^ Pardo, Jimmy (November 13, 2014). "Never Not Funny 1515". Earwolf Studios. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
Preceded by
Hillbilly Deluxe by Dwight Yoakam
Top Country Albums number-one album
June 20, 1987 – August 29, 1987
Succeeded by
Born to Boogie by Hank Williams, Jr.
Preceded by
Born to Boogie by Hank Williams, Jr.
Top Country Albums number-one album
September 5, 1987 – November 7, 1987
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits Volume Two by George Strait
Preceded by
Greatest Hits Volume Two by George Strait
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 14, 1987
Succeeded by
Just Us by Alabama
Preceded by
Just Us by Alabama
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 28, 1987 – February 20, 1988
Succeeded by
80's Ladies by K.T. Oslin
Preceded by
If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin' by George Strait
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 7, 1988 – June 11, 1988
Succeeded by
Reba by Reba McEntire
Preceded by
Storms of Life
by Randy Travis
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
1988
Succeeded by
Loving Proof
by Ricky Van Shelton