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Classic Rewind: John Anderson – ‘Wild and Blue’

Album Review: John Anderson – ‘I Just Came Home To Count The Memories’

ijustcamehomeJohn Anderson’s third outing for Warner Brothers found him sharing production duties with a new co-producer, Frank Jones, and showcasing a slightly more polished sound. This is most apparent on songs such as the title track and “When Lady Is Cloudin’ Your Vision”, which feature a string section, something that hadn’t been typical of Anderson’s recordings up to that time.

The title track had previously been recorded by Bobby Wright in 1975 and had been a moderate hit for Cal Smith in 1977. Anderson’s 1981 version, in addition to the string section, finds him toning down the twang just a bit, possibly as a concession to country radio’s tastes at the time. It seems to have paid off; “I Just Came Home To Count The Memories” reached #7 on the Billboard country singles chart, helping Anderson rebound nicely after his previous single “I Love You A Thousand Ways” had stalled at #54. His inconsistent performance at radio continued, however, when the next single, “I Danced With The San Antone Rose”, failed to chart. Despite a poor reception at radio, it is a beautiful song, penned by Anderson and Lionel A. Delmore, and it is one of my favorites on the album.
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