“I Wouldn’t Change You if I Could”
Written by Paul Jones and Arthur Smith
#1 (1 week)
March 19, 1983
Ricky Skaggs revives a vintage country song with solid results.
“I Wouldn’t Change You if I Could” was originally recorded by Jim Eanes in the late fifties, an artist who was better known for his contributions to bluegrass than to country music, though he recorded and performed both styles.
Skaggs does little to modernize the song for the eighties, but he performs it decently and the arrangement is strong. Indeed, the most interesting thing about the record is it instrumentation, which is where Skaggs has always shined the brightest.
This one doesn’t approach the heights of his best records from the era, but it is still a better listen than its neighbors on the radio that were running the Urban Cowboy sound into the ground by this point in time.
“I Wouldn’t Change You if I Could” gets a B.
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