Picks and Pans Review: Nothin' on but the Radio
Sheppard, 53, had 14 chart-topping singles during the late 970s and 1980s but then couldn't find a label that would accommodate him. He hadn't recorded in 10 years until promoter Ray Ruff and producer Denny Diante (Sheena Easton, Barbra Streisand, Rosanne Cash) asked him to join their new label, Outwest. The result is this energetic, amiable album that's a good reminder of why Sheppard was so successful. The title song, lifting a famous comment associated with Marilyn Monroe's nude calendar shoot, is by Robert Jetton and W.D. Lord. Sheppard and Diante drew on reliable Nashville writers for the other 11 tracks, one of which even suggests Monroe, or at least Joe DiMaggio's devoted visits to her grave—J. Burek's "I Bring Her Flowers (Every Day)." There's also G.L. Phelps's clever "She's Gettin' the Rock" ("She's gettin' the rock and I'm gettin' stoned, she's tyin' the knot and I'm tyin' one on"). Sheppard's fans will be happy that he basically sounds like his old self—relaxed, robust and capable of an ironic inflection. Now if only someone would find out whatever happened to T.G.'s old duet partner Karen Brooks. (Outwest)
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