Ronnie Milsap Greatest Hits Vol.2 by Ronnie Milsap

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Ronnie Milsap Greatest Hits Vol.2 by Ronnie Milsap

Album Released: 1985

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1.She Keeps The Home Fires Burning3:55
2.(There's) No Gettin' Over Me3:15
3.I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World3:32
4.It's Already Taken3:38
5.Stranger In My House4:04
6.Lost In The Fifties Tonight4:05
7.Any Day Now3:41
8.Am I Losing You3:35
9.Inside4:02
10.Don't You Know How Much I Love You3:26

Reviews

Ronnie Milsap is typically categorised as a country artist, but - apart from some country-ish inflections to his vocals - on the strength of this album he's more of a 'crossover' singer, here delivering lightweight AM radio-friendly mid-tempo pop songs.

The material here is somewhat formulaic - pleasant enough, but nothing really stands out - partly because the songs are all strictly middle-of-the-road, and partly because Milsap has a rather nondescript voice that lacks any pronounced distinguishing characteristics.

A side-effect of that is that Milsap's vocals on some tracks tend to sound like someone else ... there's often a momentary sense of listening to James Taylor, most obvious on "Inside", where Milsap capably emulates Taylor's nasal tones.

Then - thanks to its arrangement - "Stranger in My House" wouldn't sound at all out-of-place on a Sutherland Brothers album. And "Am I Losing You" is arranged to sound exactly like a Jim Reeves number (which it turned out to be, once I'd checked the credits).

In fact, none of the songs on this collection were penned by Milsap, so it appears he was a singer-for-hire for any songwriter needing an outlet ... five of the tracks did penetrate the Billboard Hot 100 between 1981 and 1983, after which Milsap ceased to make any further appearances there. Still, that in no way discouraged RCA from releasing his Greatest Hits Vol.3 in 1991.

Billboard placings: "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" No.5 1981 / "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World" No.20 1981 / "Any Day Now" No.14 1982 / "Stranger in My House" No.23 1983 (the best track in my view, 4 stars) / "Don't You Know How Much I Love You" No.58 1983. The rest of the material didn't make any impression at all, probably because one track sounds much like any other.

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