Takin' the Country Back

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Takin' the Country Back
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Studio album by John Anderson
Released July 29, 1997
Genre Country
Label Mercury Records
Producer Keith Stegall
John Anderson chronology
Greatest Hits
(1996)Greatest Hits1996
Takin' the Country Back
The Encore Collection
(1997)The Encore Collection1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Takin' the Country Back is the seventeenth studio album of country music artist John Anderson. It was released in 1997 under the Mercury Records label. The album produced the singles: "Somebody Slap Me", which peaked at 22 on Country charts, "Small Town", which peaked at 44 and the title track, which peaked at 41. Also included on the album was a cover of the Van Morrison's 1967 hit "Brown Eyed Girl" from his album Blowin' Your Mind!.

Takin' the Country Back charted at 19 for country albums and reached 138 on the United States Billboard 200. Allmusic stated that it was "one of John Anderson's best latter-day efforts, thanks to his impassioned vocals and the clean, muscular production from Keith Stegall" despite "suffering" from "uneven material."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Somebody Slap Me" (Bob McDill, Roger Murrah) - 3:24
  2. "South Moon Under" (J. Anderson, George Anderson, Lionel Delmore) - 3:10
  3. "Sara" (Anderson, Dave Colwell) - 4:55
  4. "Brown Eyed Girl" (Van Morrison) - 3:46
  5. "Small Town" (Anderson, Gary Scruggs) - 4:58
  6. "Takin' the Country Back" (Marty Stuart, Curtis Wright) - 3:30
  7. "Who's Who" (Wesley Dennis, Michael White) - 3:24
  8. "The Fall" (J. Anderson, Donna Anderson, Michael Anderson) - 2:38
  9. "I Used To Love Her" (J. Anderson, Kent Robbins) - 3:15
  10. "Jump On It" (Pamela Terry, Pat Terry) - 3:55
  11. "Its a Long Way Back" (J. Anderson, Craig Wiseman) - 3:14


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 19
U.S. Billboard 200 138


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
1997 "Somebody Slap Me" 22 115 35
"Small Town" 44
1998 "Takin' the Country Back" 41 69