Mountain Music (album)

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Mountain Music
Studio album by Alabama
Released February 25, 1982
October 25, 1990 (re-release)
Recorded 1981
Genre Country
Length 39:21
Label RCA Records
Producer Alabama
Harold Shedd
Alabama chronology
Feels So Right
Mountain Music
The Closer You Get...
Singles from Mountain Music
  1. "Mountain Music"
    Released: January 22, 1982
  2. "Take Me Down"
    Released: May 6, 1982
  3. "Close Enough to Perfect"
    Released: August 20, 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Mountain Music is the sixth studio album by country music group Alabama, released in 1982. 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 5× 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.



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

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Hayward 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, Synclavier II, Emulator, Prophet 5
  • Fred Newell - guitar
  • Larry Paxton - bass guitar
  • William Rainsford - keyboards
  • Dale Sellers - guitar
  • W. David Smith - bass guitar
  • Bruce Watkins - banjo, violin

String arrangements by Kristin Wilkinson


Chart performance[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
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 14
Canadian RPM Top Albums 38


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


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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
Succeeded by
Don't Cheat in Our Hometown by Ricky Skaggs