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Classic Album Review-Lynn Anderson “From The Inside”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Your Classic Album Review takes a look back at a 1978 release from Lynn Anderson. From The Inside was Lynn’s thirty-second release (excluding releases on budget labels such as Pickwick and Harmony), issued by Columbia in July. The album turned out to be a transitional work for Lynn Anderson, All of her previous albums since joining Columbia in 1970, had been produced by her husband, Glenn Sutton. However, they had divorced, the previous year, and now, Steve Gibson, who was listed as co-producer with Sutton on the previous release, was now in charge. A new producer meant a different sound, as well, as one can hear on this album, compared to the earlier efforts. Unfortunately, the results didn’t strike much of a chord with the Country audience, as From The Inside would turn out to be Lynn Anderson’s worst performing album, during her Columbia tenure, failing to chart, while the two single releases, “Rising Above It All” and “Last Love Of My Life”, both failed to break into the Country 40.

“Rising Above It All” is also the opening track on the album. A slower ballad, it’s not a bad track, though not the same level as her biggest hits. As a single, it could only reach forty-four.

I actually like “Touch And Go” a little more; a little stronger melody, here.

Had Ava Barber not scored with “Bucket To The South”, perhaps it could have been a hit for Lynn. I like this version and think it’s nearly as good as the hit version. Bouncy, swinging, feel-good sound.

Lynn Anderson’s take on the Dan Hill hit “Sometimes When We Touch” may well be the best track on the side. Outstanding vocal work, here, and one has to wonder who decided that this shouldn’t be a single. While it has a strong Pop-influence to the arrangement, here, it works well with the track.

Side one ends with the title cut, “From The Inside”. There’s not anything particularly special about this track, it’s simply a solid piece of music. I like this track; very easy to listen to.

Side two opens with “I Know You’re The Rain”, a mid tempo piece of music that I would have to state a similar statement as that of the previous track. It’s a highly likable track.

“Fairytale” has a Disco-influenced beat and sound that wasn’t all that unusual for 1978 country music (remember Nat Stuckey’s “Days Of Sand And Shovels” or Bill Anderson’s “I Can’t Wait Any Longer”?). This is not the same song that the Pointer Sisters had recorded in 1974, by the way. Okay, maybe Lynn couldn’t have made it as a Disco singer, but she performs this track pretty well, in my opinion.

While the melody and arrangement are nice, overall, “When You Marry For Money” doesn’t do much for me; it couldn’t hold my attention for very long.

Another track that stands out, here, is “Love Me Back”. Great song, with a near-flawless combination of melody, lyric, and arrangement, along with a great piece of vocal work by Lynn Anderson.

“Last Love Of My Life” wraps the album. A pure Pop ballad that has more in common with Adult Contemporary sounds of the time, than Country, which may well be a part of the reason it only peaked at forty-three as a single. The song, itself, is a fine piece of writing, while Lynn’s vocal work is outstanding. Good lyrics, as well. I can’t help but wonder if the arrangement had been scaled back a little and given a little more Country feel to it, perhaps, it becomes a bigger hit.

Long out of print, I actually was able to find several used copies of this album, in both vinyl and 8-track, mainly under $15.

My Standout Track goes to “Last Love Of My Life”, while my Hidden Gem is Lynn’s take on “Sometimes When We Touch”. “When You Marry For Money” gets The Weakest Track nod.

Overall, this is a good album that somehow got lost in the shuffle. Her best album? No, but it’s far from a weak effort, possessing several good tracks, even with a couple of spots of overproduction. I rate it a 3 out of 5.

As always, you are welcome to leave a comment about the review or the album. Would love to know what you think.

Tomorrow, it’s the King Of The Cowboys.

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