“Mountain of Love”
Written by Harold Dorman
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
February 19 – March 5, 1982
#1 (1 week)
March 20, 1982
Does anything sound better than a veteran artist who’s been reinvigorated?
We heard the new vitality in Charley Pride’s previous chart topper, and perhaps as a product of that record’s success, his confidence is through the roof on his engaging cover of “Mountain of Love.”
There is so much going on with the production here that Stefon could sell it as a NYC tourist destination:
Country radio’s hottest track is “Mountain of Love.” It has everything! Giggly backup singers! Dramatic strings! Mealy mouthfuls of rapid fire lyrics!
It would be an absolute mess with a lesser singer at the mic. But Pride draws on his incredible skill as a pure country vocalist, all while seamlessly incorporating the pop and R&B elements that made this record a hit multiple times by artists of different genres before Pride resurrected the number.
He’s an exceptional ringmaster and he keeps this entire circus running, turning in a performance that practically oozes charisma.
And it’s not even the best No. 1 single from this album. That one’s up next.
“Mountain of Love” gets an A.