Alabama: Jeff Cook (vocals, guitar); Teddy Gentry (vocals, bass); Randy Owen (vocals); Mark Herndon (drums).
Additional personnel: Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitar); J.T. Corenflos (electric guitar); John Jarvis (Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards); David Hungate (fretted & fretless bass); Shannon Forrest (drums, shakers, loops).
When the all the votes are finally tallied, perhaps only Garth Brooks will be able to challenge Alabama for the title of Most Influential Contemporary Country Artist Of All Time. It's easy to forget that before Alabama, country singers were basically divided into two categories: old-style cowboys and new-school popsters. Alabama, however, set a completely new standard by combining slick corporate rock of the R.E.O. Speedwagon variety with just enough good-ol'-boy charm to maintain a core rural audience. IN THE MOOD: LOVE SONGS compiles all of Alabama's best ballads and serves as an excellent showcase for the group's unique appeal. Every song here would fit perfectly on radio playlists right alongside an '80s Lionel Richie hit, yet somehow maintains an undeniable link to the kind of weepy, tear-in-your-beer classics made famous by George Jones. Released in February 2003 just in time for Valentine's Day, IN THE MOOD: LOVE SONGS makes the perfect soundtrack for any romantic liaison that's a little bit country and a little bit rock & roll.