David Ball: Thinkin' Problem - 25th Anniversary (CD)
25th Anniversary reissue of double platinum album.
• Contains the smash title cut, "Thinkin' Problem."
• Remastered with seven bonus tracks.
• Remarks from country stars Kix Brooks, The Bellamy Brothers, Terri Clark & more!
• Currently on tour
Omnivore Recordings has been making it's way through the wildly underappreciated catalog of Uncle Walt's Band, first releasing Anthology: Those Boys From Carolina, They Sure Enough Could Sing..., the first comprehensive career overview to reintroduce the band, then moving on to the self-titled debut album, adding eight bonus tracks. Now Omnivore takes a slight detour to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Thinkin' Problem, the first solo album by Uncle Walt's alum David Ball.
Ball had grown up in South Carolina and joined Uncle Walt's Band members Walter Hyatt and Champ Hood in relocating to Austin, Texas in hopes of attaining a recording deal and wider exposure beyond the regional success they had enjoyed. That breakthrough was not to be. After releasing three albums, the band broke up in 1983 with the individual members going their own directions to pursue solo careers.
David Ball moved to Nashville where he spent most of the '80s looking for a hit much like he had with his partners in Uncle Walt's Band. After three singles for RCA failed to ignite a spark, he moved on to Warner Bros. And 1994's Thinkin' Problem was the result. The title track was the lead single and shot to number 2 on the Billboard Country Music Charts and number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.
More hit singles followed, "When The Thought Of You Catches Up With Me" "Look What Followed Me Home," "What Do You Want With His Love" and "Honky Tonk Healin'," eventually driving the album to double platinum status and landing Ball with a Male Vocalist of the Year Grammy® nomination the following year. Two more albums for Warner Bros. #followed, as well as albums for Dualtone, Wildcatter, Shanachie and E1.
To this day, David Ball is out on the road crossing the country, artistically pushing forward at every turn, but now ready to take a look back at Thinkin' Problem for it's 25th Anniversary. The reissue is fully remastered and features seven previously unissued tracks. A 1993 demo of "Give Me Back My Heart" sits alongside a new 2019 recording of "What Do You Want With This Love" and five additional new recordings.
Additionally, the booklet contains vintage photos and remarks from original producer, Blake Chancey, Kix Brooks, The Bellamy Brothers, Terri Clark and more, plus David's track-by-track comments. It sure ain't no Thinkin' Problem to celebrate 25 years of this great album.
Article properties:David Ball: Thinkin' Problem - 25th Anniversary (CD)
|Ball, David - Thinkin' Problem - 25th Anniversary (CD) CD 1|
|01||Thinkin' Problem||David Ball|
|02||Look What Followed Me Home||David Ball|
|03||Blowin' Smoke||David Ball|
|04||When the Thought of You Catches Up with Me||David Ball|
|05||Honky Tonk Healin'||David Ball|
|06||A Walk on the Wild Side of Life||David Ball|
|07||Down at the Bottom of a Broken Heart||David Ball|
|08||What Do You Want with His Love||David Ball|
|09||Don't Think Twice||David Ball|
|11||What Do You Want with This Love (2019 Version)||David Ball|
|12||I've Got a Heart with Your Name on It||David Ball|
|13||Give Me Back My Heart (1993 Demo)||David Ball|
|14||Goodbye Heartache, Hello Honky Tonk||David Ball|
|15||Circle of Friends||David Ball|
|16||I've Got My Baby on My Mind||David Ball|
|17||The King of Jackson Mississippi||David Ball|
|18||Thinkin' Problem (Long Version)||David Ball|
Riding With Private Malone
David Ball, a Rock Hill, South Carolina native, was born on July 9, 1953. He showed early signs of a career in music when he performed a self-written tune for a junior high talent show. In high school he played upright bass and began performing at bluegrass and country festivals. Following graduation he played professionally in a trio called Uncle Walt's Band.
Ball moved to Nashville in the late '80s. Three singles on RCA, languished in the middle of the Country Chart. A move to Warner Bros. in 1993 led to a platinum album, 'Thinkin' Problem' and a title-track single that charted for 5 months and peaked at #2. Nine singles later Ball would again reach #2 [Country] with Riding With Private Malone.
The song invokes the war in a unique way. Prior to entering the service in 1966, Andrew Malone owned a new, red Corvette. Before he shipped out to Vietnam he left a note in the car's glove compartment saying, "If you're reading this, then I didn't make it home." The Corvette's new owner also reads that though the car is now his, he'll "always be Riding With Private Malone."Later, when he crashes the car, someone tells him they though they saw a soldier pull him out of the burning wreck.
In 2004 Private Malone… received a BMI award for having a million airplays on radio and TV. The song was co-written by Wood Newton, a Nashville songwriter with previous credits such as Bobbie Sue, a #1 hit for The Oakridge Boys and Twenty Years Ago, a #2 song for Kenny Rogers. Newton and Ball collaborated on 'Freewheeler,' a 2004 album, but were unable to duplicate their success.
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