Gene Watson

Memories to Burn

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Memories to Burn was Gene Watson's first album for his new label, Epic Records. Despite producing a Top Five single, the album failed to chart as high as Watson's previous album for MCA, Little by Little. It's hard to know why since the album is full of good songs, from the outstanding title track to the minor hits "Cold Summer Day in Georgia" and "Carmen." Most of the album consists of shuffles and steel-drenched ballads solidly in the honky tonk tradition, but there are a few departures; Watson adds a touch of humor with "I Want My Rib Back" ("I won't let evolution make a monkey out of me"), and gets country-funky with "Get Along Little Doggie." Watson wouldn't have another single as successful as "Memories to Burn" until his Warner Brothers debut in 1988, which shows that his music could still find a large audience if given a promotional push.

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