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Milsap, Ronnie - 1983 Keyed Up

ARTIST: Milsap, Ronnie
ALBUM: Keyed Up
LABEL: RCA Nashville
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1989, RCA, 5993-2-R


LINEUP: Ronny Milsap - vocals, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stranger In My House * 02 Watch Out For The Other Guy * 03 Don't You Know How Much I Love You * 04 Show Her * 05 Don't Your Mem'ry Ever Sleep At Night * 06 I'm Just A Redneck At Heart. * 07 Feelings Change * 08 Like Children I Have Known * 09 Is It Over * 10 We're Here To Love


Ronnie Milsap was one of country music's most popular and influential performers of the 70's and 80's. Milsap became country music's first successful blind singer, and one of the most successful and versatile country 'crossover' singers of his time. Milsap's sound shifted toward string-laden pop and rock during the late 1970s which resulted in success on the pop charts beginning in the early 1980s.'Keyed Up' may be the high water mark for crossover consistency and appeal.

The Songs
The album kicks off with 'Stranger In My House'. The later is Milsap's first two-step into AOR territory, alienating some hard core country bumpkins when it got released as a single that year. 'Show Her' is a typical ballad Milsap is accustomed to and is tolerable. 'Don't Your Memory Ever Sleeps At Night' is a great keyed up version of the Steve Wariner song that was a top forty country hit that year. Standard Milsap fare continues with 'Watch Out For The Other Guy' which is filler imo. Ronnie trots down the AOR pasture slightly for 'I'm Just A Redneck At Heart'. While the horn section sounds dated, it shows Ronnie was flirting with a more contemporary sound at the time. 'Don't You Know How Much I Love You' is a great song even for the non-country fan and one of his bigger hits of the 1980's. 'Feelings Change' is another great ballad, a country crossover triumph for Milsap. The closest thing to traditional country on the album, is 'Like Children I Have Known'. A decent song that one could easily hear Garth Brooks, John Anderson, George Strait, etc. putting a mark on. 'Is It Over' is Ronnie again at his balladeer best. The song became a huge hit in the Philippines despite never being released in the US. The album wraps up with 'We're Here To Love' which kinda meanders at six plus minutes.

In Summary
'Keyed Up' fetches for lofty prices on ebay and has been long out of print. Other crossover successes for Milsap included the Top 5 pop single, '(There's) No Gettin' Over Me', and two Top 20 songs in 'I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World' and 'Any Day Now', the latter which lasted five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on October 13 2014 03:14:15
There is a version of this album with only 7 of the songs that is in the major digital music stores. I remember really liking "Stranger In My House" (it is pretty darn good), and there are some other good tunes on here. This is pretty similar to Barry Manilow to my ears (not a bad thing).
#2 | gdazegod on October 13 2014 07:55:07
True Jeff. The original vinyl came with 7 tracks. The CD reissue 6 years later included 3 extra tracks. I went hunting for this info last night prior to publishing this article.
#3 | gdazegod on October 13 2014 07:56:13
I have this album stashed away somewhere. Might pull it out for a listen.
#4 | swazi on October 14 2014 18:51:03
The RCA1991USA CD release also has only 7 tracks on it.
#5 | englandashes on October 21 2014 22:31:54
This is being released on cd again..actually in early November.....just one issue though, its part of a 21 cd collection, and will set you back £120, i did buy his 78 album, only one love in my life, for a pound, but far too middle of the road for me, although contains a good version of i got the music in me, better than the kiki dee version
#6 | jefflynnefan on October 26 2014 19:24:49
"Stranger In My House" was written by ex NFL player Mike Reid who played for the Bengals. He wrote some other pretty good CandW songs too.
#7 | Eric on October 27 2014 21:52:04
Really cool to see this here. Milsap had an easy going style, rarely twangy and recorded some great stuff, 'Any Day Now' in particular.
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