In My Wildest Dreams

In My Wildest Dreams

by Kenny Chesney


On his 1994 debut album In My Wildest Dreams, Kenny Chesney was pretty much packaged and presented as a new Garth Brooks, complete with a big hat and a big production that had its eye on crossover but was still planted within the sound of new traditionalist. And this is indeed the most traditional that Kenny Chesney ever sounded, as he sings Keith Whitley's wry "I Want My Rib Back" and spends his time kicking out lean, hooky country-rockers like the title track, "Whatever It Takes," and "Somebody's Callin," or the swinging Texas barroom anthem "High and Dry." Even the ballads -- "The Tin Man," which he later revived, and "When She Calls Me Baby" -- aren't quite as shellacked with gloss as they would be just a year later, making them feel more country even if their heart is already in pop, something that can't quite be said for the rest of the album, which sounds and feels like a full-on new traditionalist country record. And it's very appealing too -- the album is sprightly, a giddy good time, and Chesney already shows signs of being a good writer. The only thing that doesn't quite feel right is Chesney's singing; his twang sounds a bit affected, as if he's trying too hard, which is odd since he'd later make a career out of casual, but that's something that can be discerned only in retrospect. Apart from that, this is a thoroughly appealing debut, although, to be honest, its heavy country vibe doesn't have all that much to do with what he did later.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2006
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886970084024
catalogNumber: 700840

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Chesney   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
High and Dry Party Choir   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Tammy Pierce   Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Bass Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Keyboards
Brent Rowan   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Barry Beckett   Producer,Audio Production
Marcia Beverley   Art Direction
Kenny Chesney   Composer
Pete Greene   Engineer
Csaba Petocz   Engineer
Ron Keith   Cover Photo
Ken Fredette   Reissue Design
Carole Ann Jarusinsky   Creative Assistance
David Lowe   Composer
Mike Geiger   Composer
Stacey Slate   Composer

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In My Wildest Dreams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Indy-girl More than 1 year ago
I love "Whatever It Takes", but I prefer the version on NFL Country with Peyton Manning. "The Tin Man" echoes my failed marriage, and "In My Wildest Dreams" makes me feel that someone is out there waiting for me, even if it is in my wildest dreams. I love to sing out loud to "I Want My Rib Back", "Angel Loved The Devil", "I'd Love To Change Your Name", along with the other tracks mentioned earlier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago