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Keith Whitley|Don't Close Your Eyes

Don't Close Your Eyes

Keith Whitley

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Don't You Close Your Eyes was more successful than Keith Whitley's two previous albums and it's easy to see why. Though the record still suffered from a handful of mediocre songs and a slightly soft production, the overall album was leaner and more direct than Whitley's earlier solo work, showcasing his talent for heartfelt honky tonk singing and his skill for crafting excellent barroom ballads. "Don't Close Your Eyes," "When You Say Nothing At All," and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" were the hits, but there's a wealth of excellent material here, including a haunting version of Lefty Frizzell's "I Never Go Around Mirrors." The sheer strength of the best numbers make the handful of weaker songs perfectly excusable. After all, country in the late '80s rarely got better than Don't You Close Your Eyes at its best.
© Thom Owens /TiVo

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1
Flying Colors
00:03:35

Keith Whitley, Performer - Keith Whitley, Producer - Kim Morrison, Composer - Kim Morrison, Lyricist - Garth Fundis, Producer - Gary Talley, Composer - Gary Talley, Lyricist

(P) 1987 BMG Music

2
It's All Coming Back to Me Now
00:02:49

Curly Putman, Composer - Curly Putman, Lyricist - Keith Whitley, Performer - Keith Whitley, Producer - Keith Whitley, Composer - Keith Whitley, Lyricist - Garth Fundis, Producer - Don Cook, Composer - Don Cook, Lyricist

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment

3
Lucky Dog (Single (2002 remaster))
00:01:58

Keith Whitley, Performer - Keith Whitley, Producer - Garth Fundis, Producer - Bill Caswell, Composer - Bill Caswell, Lyricist - Verlon Thompson, Composer - Verlon Thompson, Lyricist

(P) 1988 Sony Music Entertainment

4
Don't Close Your Eyes
00:04:12

Bob McDill, Composer - Bob McDill, Lyricist - Keith Whitley, Producer - Keith Whitley, Performer - Garth Fundis, Producer

(P) 1988 Sony Music Entertainment

5
The Birmingham Turnaround (Album (2002 remaster))
00:02:54

Sanger D. Shafer, Composer - Sanger D. Shafer, Lyricist - Warren Robb, Composer - Warren Robb, Lyricist - Keith Whitley, Performer - Keith Whitley, Producer - Garth Fundis, Producer

(P) 1988 Sony Music Entertainment

6
Some Old Side Road (Single (2002 remaster))
00:03:28

Keith Whitley, Performer - Roger D. Ferris, Composer - Roger D. Ferris, Lyricist - Blake Mevis, Producer

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment

7
Would These Arms Be In Your Way
00:03:12

Keith Whitley, Performer - Red Lane, Composer - Red Lane, Lyricist - Vern Gosdin, Composer - Vern Gosdin, Lyricist - Blake Mevis, Producer - Hank Cochran, Composer - Hank Cochran, Lyricist

(P) 1988 Sony Music Entertainment

8
I'm No Stranger to the Rain
00:03:36

Sonny Curtis, Composer - Sonny Curtis, Lyricist - Ron Hellard, Composer - Ron Hellard, Lyricist - Keith Whitley, Performer - Keith Whitley, Producer - Garth Fundis, Producer

(P) 1988 Sony Music Entertainment

9
I Never Go Around Mirrors (Album (2002 remaster))
00:04:28

Sanger D. Shafer, Composer - Sanger D. Shafer, Lyricist - Keith Whitley, Performer - Keith Whitley, Producer - Garth Fundis, Producer - Lefty Frizzell, Composer - Lefty Frizzell, Lyricist

(P) 1988 Sony Music Entertainment

10
When You Say Nothing at All
00:03:43

Don Schlitz, Composer - Don Schlitz, Lyricist - Keith Whitley, Performer - Keith Whitley, Producer - Garth Fundis, Producer - Paul Overstreet, Composer - Paul Overstreet, Lyricist

(P) 1988 Sony Music Entertainment

11
A Day In The Life Of A Fool (Single (2002 remaster))
00:03:41

Keith Whitley, Performer - Keith Whitley, Producer - Byron Hill, Composer - Byron Hill, Lyricist - Mike Dekle, Composer - Mike Dekle, Lyricist - Garth Fundis, Producer

(P) 1988 BMG Music

12
Honky Tonk Heart
00:03:08

Lonnie Wilson, Composer - Lonnie Wilson, Lyricist - Keith Whitley, Performer - Keith Whitley, Producer - John Neel, Composer - John Neel, Lyricist - Garth Fundis, Producer

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Don't You Close Your Eyes was more successful than Keith Whitley's two previous albums and it's easy to see why. Though the record still suffered from a handful of mediocre songs and a slightly soft production, the overall album was leaner and more direct than Whitley's earlier solo work, showcasing his talent for heartfelt honky tonk singing and his skill for crafting excellent barroom ballads. "Don't Close Your Eyes," "When You Say Nothing At All," and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" were the hits, but there's a wealth of excellent material here, including a haunting version of Lefty Frizzell's "I Never Go Around Mirrors." The sheer strength of the best numbers make the handful of weaker songs perfectly excusable. After all, country in the late '80s rarely got better than Don't You Close Your Eyes at its best.
© Thom Owens /TiVo

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