Picks and Pans Review: The Nashville Sessions

updated 08/01/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/01/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Dean Martin

Whatever prompted Martin, at 66, to try to be a country singer? It's clearly a mistake. His diction is slurry (even worse than usual), and his voice sounds less casual than weak. Martin's version of Ivory Joe Hunter's Since I Met You Baby is the most soulless ever, and his duets with two of Nashville's top male singers, Merle Haggard and Conway Twitty, only accent his vocal inadequacies. The title's pretensions are lived up to in one regard. People will be talking about this album for years to come, or at least until Pia Zadora Goes Country comes out.

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