This record, released in 1971, was made during the Killer’s foray into country music. Rock and roll audiences had shunned him since his marriage to his 13 year old cousin and by that point, he had basically either grown out of rock and roll or the scene grew out of him. Take your pick.
How would the marriage scandal play out today? That is a good question. I am sure there would be tons more media coverage of it today for sure. Other than that, I am not sure how people today would act. Anyway, that takes away from the fact that Lewis’s sound played great into country music. This album went to #11 on the country charts. It also yielded a #3 country single, “Touching Home”.
Off the bat, the one thing I did not like about this album is that the piano is really in the background on most of these tracks. I mean, I get it, this is an album of musicians, but Lewis’ signature piano sound is what he is known for. Why would you not want to capitalize on it? Well for what ever reason, this deficit 1s made up for by the number of good session musicians on here including Bob Moore, Buddy Harman. Kenny Lovelace, and on steel guitar, Pete Drake. Lewis is also backed up on vocals by The Nashville Sounds and the Jordanaires. Not too shabby.
Despite of my beef with the piano, this is a pretty decent album. I was leaning towards “Help Me Make It Through The Night” as well as a couple others on side 2, but when I heard “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone”, I knew my choices were over. This is the most piano driven song on the album. It has a call out to Drake as well as Lovelace. Finally, the Killer’s vocals go crazy in the song. So here it is as a sample.
Satisfactory record. There are enough really good tunes to make up for the diminished piano role.