Tony Scherman
September 22, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sad Songs & Waltzes

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Keith Whitley
Producers
Rounder
genre
Country

We gave it a B+

Keith Whitley (who died at 33 in 1989) was the last of the great old-time country singers; on, Sad Songs & Waltzes, his prematurely aged voice conveyed gales of sadness. It’s unclear why most of the backing tracks on this 1982 honky-tonk classic were re-recorded — the original sounds just fine. But it’s good to have it on CD, especially with five previously unheard gems. B+

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