Monday, July 25, 2016

Trini Lopez – Welcome To Trini Country

Trini Lopez – Welcome To Trini Country
Label: Reprise Records – RS 6300
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album 
Country: US
Released: 1968
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Gentle On My Mind
Written-By – John Hartford
A2 Crazy Arms
Written By – C. Seals, R. Mooney
A3 DevIl Woman
Written-By – M. D. Robinson
A4 Once A Day
Written-By – Bill Anderson 
A5 Green, Green Grass Of Home
Written-By – Curly Putman
A6 Good Old Mountain Dew
Written By – T. L. Garrett
Written-By – J. Clement, T. Lopez
B1 Flowers On The Wall
Written By – Lewis DeWitt
B2 If The Whole World Stopped Lovin'
Written-By – Ben Peters
B3 Lonely Weekends
Written-By – C. A. Rich
B4 Four Strong Winds
Written-By – Ian Tyson
B5 Shanghied
Written By – Wilkin
Written-By – Tillis
B6 Mental Journey
Written-By – Leon Ashley, Margie Singleton


Arranged By – Don Tweedy
Producer, Liner Notes – Snuff Garrett
Recorded at Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
Vocal accompaniment by The Jordanaires

AllMusic Review by Greg Adams  
Trini Lopez is one eclectic guy. Starting out as a would-be teen idol before becoming a purveyor of folk hits and oldies in the raucous, stripped-down style that brought him fame, Lopez further added to his melting pot of styles by cutting this country album in 1968. Traveling to Nashville with Snuff Garrett, a producer known for his work with pop acts like Bobby Vee and Gary Lewis, Lopez made a surprisingly straightforward and serious country record. On Welcome to Trini Country, Lopez mostly covers recent country hits and classics like "Flowers on the Wall," "Crazy Arms," and "Devil Woman," sticking to a recognizably country sound that, on "Good Old Mountain Dew," could even pass for bluegrass. Kudos to Lopez for cutting "Shanghied," an excellent Webb Pierce B-side that never became a hit for anyone. The series of cover photos that show Lopez wearing cowboy duds and posing with Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, and Floyd Cramer might give the impression that Lopez intends to hang his saddle in Trini Country for keeps, but when he interjects a lusty "sock it to me" in the middle of "Lonely Weekends," you know he's only passing through.

LP from my personal collection.