If That Ain’t Country March 29, 2019 (Conway Twitty – I’ve Already Loved You In My Mind)

Conway Twitty - I've Already Loved You In My Mind ( Cover LP )
Conway Twitty - I've Already Loved You In My Mind ( Cover LP )

Conway Twitty – I’ve Already Loved You In My Mind

In this week’s episode, we’re featuring an album from the tail end of Conway Twitty’s hard country period: I’ve Already Loved You In My Mind (1977). As was the way at that point, there was only one single (the title track), which duly went #1 and then MCA moved on to the next project. However, when you dive a little deeper, there’s plenty of album gold here. There are few singers who would write 80% of their album cuts after 10 years in country music and 20 #1s to their name – but that’s where we find Conway Twitty here. Eight of the ten tracks on I’ve Already Loved You In My Mind were from the pen of Twitty, which really speaks to the country music genius that man was. Side A has a few songs clearly influenced by Conway’s rock ‘n’ roll roots, but the very next track – I’m Used To Losing You – we’re right back with the oh-so-country steel guitar of John Hughey embracing Conway’s growl. A heartbreaking cheating ballad with a lyrical twist in The Reason Why I’m Here, the upbeat My First Country Song (which also became Dean Martin’s first and only solo country single in 1983) and the semi-profound Come See About Me contribute to a very strong album. Even if it may look like Conway was just going through the motions in 1977, the Twitty bird was chirping as good as ever on our feature album this week.