Randy Travis’ first new country album in four years (not eight, mind you) is out today. I’m too much of a fan to write an objective review, so here’s part two in my Talking Around the Album Without Actually Reviewing It series.
Legendary Country Singer Randy Travis has re-emerged in full force on Around the Bend, but a different Randy Travis doesn’t appear at all. The Other Randy Travis has shown up on past albums, but usually just in fleeting moments, never making his presence felt too strongly. In 2000, this Other Randy Travis quietly put out an album of his own. You probably won’t find it on most Randy Travis discographies.
What on earth am I talking about? Well, since you asked (just play along), the Randy Travis entry in the Super Hits series is particularly noteworthy in that it is the only commercially available disc spotlighting Singer-Songwriter Randy Travis. The collection consists of ten songs written or co-written by Travis. On three, he is the sole writer. On the other seven, he shares a pen with the likes of Don Schlitz, John Lindley, and Alan Jackson.
Super Hits doesn’t collect every song Travis has had a hand in over the years, but it does offer a worthwhile glimpse into a side of him absent on his latest release and only sporadically evident elsewhere. It’s a good compilation even for those who already have these recordings spread out over Randy’s regular albums, as hearing them all together gives you a much better sense of his distinctive songwriting sensibilities.
Here is the track list:
1. Heroes and Friends (Randy Travis/Don Schlitz)
2. I Told You So (Randy Travis)
3. No Stoppin’ Us Now (Randy Travis)
4. Better Class of Losers (Randy Travis/Alan Jackson)
5. Promises (Randy Travis/John Lindley)
6. The Box (Randy Travis/Buck Moore)
7. Future Mister Me (Randy Travis/John Lindley)
8. Oh, What a Time to Be Me (Randy Travis/Don Schlitz)
9. Good Intentions (Randy Travis/Marvin Coe)
10. Reasons I Cheat (Randy Travis)
What’s your favorite Travis-(co)penned original?