Personnel includes: Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire (vocals).
Producers: Tony Brown (tracks 1-7, 9-14); Tony Brown, Reba McEntire (track 8); Steve Buckingham, Dolly Parton (track 15).
Includes liner notes by James Hunter and Vince Gill.
All songs written or co-written by Vince Gill except "The Heart Won't Lie" (Kim Carnes/Donna Terry Weiss), "I Can't Tell You Why" (Don Henley/Glenn Frey/Timothy B. Schmit) and "I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton).
SOUVENIRS covers the beginning of Vince Gill's tenure at MCA Records, which is to say, his golden years. After struggling commercially at RCA in the '80s, the former Pure Prairie League singer and session musician jumped to MCA in 1989. There, he started turning out perfect country-rock ballads, featuring his high-tenor voice and impeccable rootsy pop arrangements. And unlike the Nashville competition, Gill wrote his own songs and played much of his own lead guitar.
He welcomed himself to MCA by co-writing (with Tim DuBois) "When I Call Your Name," an ode to loneliness fashioned as an echo of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." It won the Country Music Association's Song Of The Year award in 1991, and it's included here alongside the next two Song Of The Year winners ("Look At Us" and "I Still Believe In You"), off Gill's two subsequent albums. The CMA has always favored Gill's ballads, but he can rock out when he gets the notion: A perky fiddle and blues-rock guitar make "Liza Jane" a real musician's treat.
Gill is an incurable romantic, pledging everlasting love to women who love him back and even those who've dumped him. The only note that rings less-than-true here is his gool-ol'-boy tribute, "One More Last Chance," which suggests he's been too busy boozing with the boys to take notice of women. You can bet that this is one All-American boy who'd do nothing of the sort.
What the critics say...
Entertainment Weekly (11/24/95, p.107) - "...Whether spinning lightweight rhythm numbers or hotdogging his way around an electric guitar, Gill often repeats himself but seldom bores." - Rating: B+
Journal Of Country Music (Vol.18, No.1, pp.52-54) - "...reveals an ambition and range that belie his doe eyes, shy grin and tremulous voice....he's at his best when he soars alone....It's a measure of Gill's skill that he can take a fairly standard country shuffle...and give it fresh urgency on the strength of his snappy phrasing and curt guitar solo..."
- Never Alone
- Never Knew Lonely
- When I Call Your Name
- Liza Jane
- Look At Us
- Take Your Memory With You
- Pocket Full Of Gold
- Heart Won't Lie, The - (with Reba McEntire)
- Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away
- I Still Believe In You
- No Future In The Past
- Tryin' To Get Over You
- One More Last Chance
- I Can't Tell You Why
- I Will Always Love You - (with Dolly Parton)
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