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Gene Watson has been singing professionally since the late 1950s & has been a country music (album) recording artist since the late 1960s.
Gene Watson steps into a recording studio and, like a great chef, uses the perfect ingredients to create an aural feast. When Gene Watson takes a step behind the microphone, magic happens.
Gene Watson's contribution to the country music genre is immeasurable and it is here that you have an opportunity to read reviews of Gene Watson's albums, as published in Country Music People.
Country Music People is the United Kingdom's No. 1 Award Winning Country Music Magazine, and was the recipient of the Country Music Association's 2003 Wesley Rose International Achievement Award.
Country Music People was first published in 1970 and protects its integrity fiercely. The magazine has always brought its readers detailed, honest record reviews untainted by advertising considerations, as well as genuine interviews with country stars that are not faked from interview discs sent out by publicists and record labels.
Country Music People have long ago nailed its colours to the mast where Gene Watson is concerned. The magazine has rigorously championed Gene's cause down through the years and have published a number of reviews of his album releases.
All reviews have been reproduced with the kind permission of Country Music People.
This CMP review by Craig Baguley, which was published in the February 1994 issue of Country Music People, is reproduced here with the kind permission of the publishers.
Album Review by Craig Baguley
(8 out of 10)
'Another label change for this great country singer following his traumatic time with Bugs Bunny and his regrettably less than successful last album on Canadian Broadland/Mercury. Uncharted Mind is a fine album with Gene's voice in cracking form, as he proves on the power ballad 'You Gave Me A Mountain', the Marty Robbins song that was a big hit for the fabulous Johnny Bush back in '69 (does anyone know how Bush is getting on?). Watson also pulls off a riveting vocal on 'Mirrors Don't Lie' that is probably better than the song itself.
There are a couple of below average numbers in the set - the title track and 'Glass Hearts' could get lost - but the standard of material is fairly sound. 'Simple Minded Heart' is a tasty ballad, 'Snake In The House' treads the Ronnie Milsap country-soul path, 'He's Back In Texas Again' is a rare old swinger, and 'Give Her My Best' is an easy shuffle with unlikely references to caviar and string quartets as singer's ex gets to marry above her station: 'Give her my best, 'cause I never did'.
Best track, however, is the wonderful 'Hold That Thought' written by Canadian Ray Griff whose 'Where Love Begins' gave Watson one of the most memorable hits of his career. This time around Griff serves up a delicate shuffle ballad that, in song, feel and vocal performance, harks back to the singer's glory days on Capitol. Heavenly.
Aided by quality sessioners like Buddy Emmons, Rob Hajacos, Jerry Kroon and Roger Ball, this outing proves that Gene remains an awesome vocalist and it pisses me off that current trends, where youth and looks override talent, confine such greatness to the sidelines. Keep with him, Step One'.
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