Alabama – The Closer You Get… (1983/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:22 minutes | 832 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RCA Records Label Nashville

On their fourth album The Closer You Get, Alabama gets further away from the country roots and down-home charm responsible for their incredible chart success. One may be surprised at the unusual number of ballads, but popular country in the early ’80s, in hindsight, seems more suited to adult easy listening than country with the popularity of Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, and Dolly Parton. The songwriting is strong, and the vocal harmonies still blend unlike any other country band — in fact, the members of Alabama trade lead vocal roles throughout the album. However, this album suffers from glossy production and the use of synthesizers. The use of a drum machine on the opening title track is nearly unforgivable, and the arrangement distracts the listener from an otherwise good song. However, Alabama shines when they use more traditional country arrangements. Upbeat songs like “Red River” and “Dixieland Delight” are great additions to their catalog and demonstrate how they became one of country’s most successful groups. This is not the place to start, but most fans should eventually own this album. ~ Vik Iyengar

01. The Closer You Get
02. Lady Down On Love
03. She Put the Sad In All His Songs
04. Red River
05. What In the Name of Love
06. Dixieland Delight
07. Very Special Love
08. Dixie Boy
09. Alabama Sky
10. Lovin’ Man

Randy Owen – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Teddy Gentry – bass, vocals
Jeff Cook – lead guitar, vocals
Mark Herndon – drums, percussion
William Adair – bass
Hayword Bishop – drums
Jack Eubanks – acoustic guitar
George ‘Leo’ Jackson – acoustic guitar
Shane Keister – keyboards
Dave Kirby – electric guitar
Farrell Morris – percussion
Fred Newell – electric guitar
Larry Paxton – bass
Willie Rainsford – keyboards
Stephen Schaffer – bass
Bruce Watkins – fiddle
Kristin Wilkinson – strings arrangement