Mountain Music (album)

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Mountain Music
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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
(1981)Feels So Right1981
Mountain Music
(1982)
The Closer You Get...
(1983)The Closer You Get...1983
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
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 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 studio album. In 1998, the album was certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

Early LP pressings of this album were mastered at a slower speed. Reissues made after have corrected this error.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead singerLength
1."Mountain Music"Randy OwenRandy Owen, Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry4:12
2."Close Enough to Perfect"Carl ChambersRandy Owen3:34
3."Words at Twenty Paces"Hugh MoffattRandy Owen3:54
4."Changes Comin' On"Buddy Cannon, Jimmy Darrell, Dean DillonRandy Owen6:51
5."Green River"John FogertyJeff Cook2:51
6."Take Me Down"Mark Gray, J.P. PenningtonRandy Owen4:53
7."You Turn Me On"Teddy Gentry, Randy OwenRandy Owen3:11
8."Never Be One"Teddy GentryTeddy Gentry2:46
9."Lovin' You Is Killin' Me"Jeff CookJeff Cook3:00
10."Gonna Have a Party"Bruce Channel, Cliff Cochran, Kieran KaneRandy Owen, Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry4:09

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]

  • 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

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

Certifications[edit]

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

Notes[edit]