ⓘ Always Remember
Always Remember is a studio album by American country singer-songwriter Bill Anderson. It was released in April 1971 on Decca Records and was produced by Owen Bradley. His sixteenth studio effort, it was also Andersons only studio album to be released in 1971. The title track became a single and a top ten hit on the Billboard country chart. The album would also reach peak positions on the albums chart too.
1. Background and content
Always Remember was recorded at Bradleys Barn, which was studio located in Mount Juliet, Tennessee and owned by Owen Bradley, Andersons producer. It was Andersons sixteenth studio recording with Bradley and sixteenth album released in his career. A total of 11 tracks were recorded for the album. The albums compositions were intended to focus on the themes of "love, loss and lasting love." Andersons wife at the time was featured on the album cover. The album included a cover version of Sammi Smiths hit single, "Help Me Make It Through the Night". The album also included a cover version of Anne Murrays "A Stranger in My Place", which was co-written by Kenny Rogers. Anderson also composed five of the albums tracks. Kris Kristofferson is also a featured writer in the project.
2. Release and reception
Always Remember was released in April 1971 on Decca Records. It was issued as a vinyl record, with six songs on side one and five songs on side two. The album spent a total of 13 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums before peaking at number 13 in June. The title track was the only single issued from the album. It peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in April 1971. The single also became a major hit in Canada, reaching number five on the RPM Country Singles chart. In later years, the album was reviewed by Greg Adams of Allmusic, who gave the collection three out of five stars. Adams described Andersons vocal style as having "an aura of honesty", mentioning "Help Me Make It Through the Night" to be his best example of this. He also commented that listeners may be surprised by the album. "Always Remember confounds expectations not only because it is a very good album, but because it achieves this out of seemingly ordinary materials," Adams said.
All credits are adapted from the liner notes of Always Remember.
- Owen Bradley – record producer
- Hal Bauksbaum – photography
- Bill Anderson – lead vocals