CBN.com After more than two decades in the spotlight, virtually all of that time at the top of their game and the top of the charts, you’d think Alabama had done it all. After all, they were country music’s first supergroup … they’ve sold millions of albums … and they’ve received nearly every award and accolade. But there was one thing that remained—one thing Alabama had to yet to attempt … and it was the one thing no one ever thought they would do—say “goodbye.”
In May 2002, Alabama stunned the world, announcing plans for a Farewell Tour in 2003. Fixtures on the scene—four men who, as a group, were contemporary superstars before George Strait or Reba McEntire ever achieved such stature—are leaving? It hardly seems possible. But, true to the form we’ve come to expect from Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, Jeff Cook and Mark Herndon, they’re planning to make their departure from touring with class and grace…and with one last note—a musical one—to be left behind for their fans. In the Mood: The Love Songs.
Romance and love have given Alabama some of their most enduring—and endearing—hits. So it was only natural that the foursome would turn to them as they compiled this collection of love standards. Billed as “the final chapter” in the band’s unparalleled RCA recording career, In the Mood: The Love Songs, features 23 tracks—21 of their best known love songs and two new recordings.
Two newly-recorded tracks, “I’m in the Mood” and “The Living Years,” lead off the album. The former is a smoky love song that glows with the trembling intensity of smoldering embers, recalling the sensuality of “Feels So Right” 20 years earlier. The latter may be a new take on Mike and the Mechanics’ 1989 number-one pop anthem, but Randy’s plaintive vocal backed by Teddy and Jeff’s signature harmonies convey the same love between a parent and child that made “In Pictures” a number-one hit.
The classics that fill out In the Mood: The Love Songs represent love in nearly every form and stage—that first spark of interest and desire illuminated in “Touch Me When We’re Dancing,” “If I Had You” and “Fallin’ Again”…the passion of “When We Make Love” and “Face to Face”…the surrender of “Love in the First Degree”…the pledge made by “There’s No Way”…the security found in “Nothing Comes Close”…the fading romance of “We Can’t Love Like This Anymore”…the seeds of love that save a relationship in “Then Again”…the needs that send a “Lady Down on Love” in search of it again…the warm reflection on a shared lifetime in “Here We Are.”
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