New Moves/Traces

New Moves/Traces

by Don WilliamsDon Williams


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This 2011 BGO collection pairs Don Williams' 1986 album New Moves and its 1987 follow-up, Traces, the two albums he recorded for Capitol after a long, long stretch at Dot/ABC/MCA. Produced by Williams and his longtime associate Garth Fundis, New Moves is decidedly on the pop side of the country-pop scale, particularly in its smoothly addictive lead single "Heartbeat in the Darkness," a Dave Loggins and Russell Smith co-write. This slickness extends to the purer country moments here, including the sprightly two-step "Send Her Roses," and the album's appeal is its polish, how Williams glides along the surface and lends this collection of strong tuneful pop some genuine warmth. Arriving just a year later, Traces strips away much of the gloss of New Moves, leaving behind a soft, gentle country-pop record where the acoustic guitars are in the forefront and the synthesizers are used as background coloring. This isn't always true -- the soft rock crossover "Running Out of Reasons to Run" relies on every production trick of the mid-'80s, complete with punchy horns, insistent keyboards, and squawking echoing guitars -- but overall, Traces feels more intimate than its predecessor, both in its production and its selection of songs, which emphasizes dreamy ballads over tuneful hooks. Generally, this means Traces fades into the background, never quite catching the ear like the candied New Moves, but as romantic relaxation, it isn't bad, and this BGO two-fer is a nice roundup of Williams' lone two albums for Capitol.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261209894
catalogNumber: 6120989
Rank: 35715

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Williams   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Background Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle,Viola
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Dave Loggins   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Green   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Pat McLaughlin   Mandolin
Charles Cochran   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Bruce Dees   Background Vocals
Garth Fundis   Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Jim Foglesong   Vocal Harmony
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Jim Horn   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Dave Kirby   Guitar
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas,Tambourine
Mark O'Connor   Mandolin
Dave Pomeroy   Bass,Background Vocals
Billy Sanford   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Biff Watson   Organ,Guitar,Background Vocals
Jimmy Colvard   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Shane Seister   Electric Piano
Danny Flowers   Harmonica,Electric Guitar
Joe Allen   Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Don Williams   Composer,Producer
Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Charles Cochran   String Arrangements
Garth Fundis   Producer,Engineer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Gary Laney   Engineer
Mark Miller   Engineer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Roy Kohara   Art Direction
Mark Shoolery   Sleeve Design

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