New Horizons (Connie Smith album)


New Horizons (Connie Smith album)
New Horizons
Studio album by Connie Smith
Released March 1978
Genre Country pop
Label Monument
Producer Ray Baker
Connie Smith chronology
The Best of Connie Smith
(1977)
New Horizons
(1978)
Greatest Hits on Monument
(1993)
Singles from New Horizons
  1. "I Just Want to Be Your Everything"
    Released: September 1977
  2. "Lovin' You Baby"
    Released: February 1978
  3. "They'll Never Be Another for Me"
    Released: June 1978

New Horizons is the thirty first studio album by American country music artist, Connie Smith. The album was released in March 1978 on Monument Records and was produced by Ray Baker. It was Smith's final studio album released under Monument and contained four singles released between 1977 and 1978, including "I Just Want to Be Your Everything."

Contents

Background

New Horizons consisted of ten tracks new material recorded by Connie Smith. The album included three cover versions: "The Wayward Wind" originally by Gogi Grant, "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb and "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone. Like her previous album for Monument, Pure Connie Smith, New Horizons was recorded with material that had a softer Country pop sound. Under Monument Records, Smith's musical style changed from Pure Country (which she had recorded under RCA Victor and Columbia) to Adult Contemporary and Disco. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic reviewed Smith's 1993 compilation, Greatest Hits on Monument (which included seven tracks from New Horizons) and did not receive her musical sound well, stating, "Smith still sings well throughout it, but it's not a very good showcase for her talents, nor is it very good as crossover pop -- it's too square and middle of the road, making the urban cowboy bubbling up at the time seem risky and edgy." Erlewine did find Smith's cover of "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," "relatively faithful" to the original version.[1] It was issued on a LP album, with five songs on each side of the record.[2]

Release

New Horizons spawned four singles to the Billboard Country Chart between 1977 and 1978. The first single was Smith's cover of "I Just Want to Be Your Everything." Released in September 1977, the song became the album's biggest hit, reaching #14 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs chart and #23 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart, becoming her final Top 20 hit. The second single, "Lovin' You Baby" reached the Billboard Country Top 40 at #34, becoming her final Top 40 single.[3] The third single, "They'll Never Be Another for Me" peaked only at #68 on the Billboard Country Chart. The album itself "stiffed," according to Stephen Thomas Erlewine, meaning it did not chart the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[1]

Track listing

Side one

  1. "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" – (Barry Gibb)
  2. "All of a Sudden" – (Steve Collom)
  3. "They'll Never Be Another for Me" – (John Colley, Dan Seals, Parker McGee)
  4. "Too Good to Be True"
  5. "The Wayward Wind" – (Stanley Lebowsky, Herb Newman)

Side two

  1. "Your Smiling Face"
  2. "Lovin' You Baby" – (Ann C. Seals, Troy Seals)
  3. "You Light Up My Life" – (Joe Brooks)
  4. "Loving You Has Sure Been Good to Me" – (Dallas Frazier, Earl Montgomery)
  5. "It's Not Easy to Say Goodbye"

Sales chart positions

Singles
Year Song Chart positions
US Country CAN Country
1977 "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" 14 23
1978 "Lovin' You Baby" 34
"They'll Never Be Another for Me" 68
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References


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