New Looks from an Old Lover: The Complete Columbia Singles

New Looks from an Old Lover: The Complete Columbia Singles

by B.J. ThomasB.J. Thomas


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After a spell specializing in Christian music -- he'd never fully leave inspirational music behind -- B.J. Thomas returned to secular pop in 1983, signing with Columbia and releasing the New Looks album. Supported by a pair of number one country singles -- "Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love" and "Now Looks from an Old Lover" -- the record was a hit straight out of the gate, and for the next few years he hovered in the Country Top 20 before scoring a pop Top 10 in 1988 with "As Long as We Got Each Other," a duet with Dusty Springfield that served as the theme to the sitcom Growing Pains. Real Gone's 2017 compilation New Looks from an Old Lover: The Complete Columbia Singles chronicles this modest comeback, adding his other hits -- "Two Car Garage," which went to number three in 1983, 1984's "The Whole World's in Love When You're Lonely," and "The Girl Most Likely To," plus the singles "The Part of Me That Needs You Most," "America Is," and "Night Life," which all barely scraped the charts in 1985 and 1986 -- along with other singles and deep cuts. Thomas aged nicely into his voice -- he sounds deeper but not gruff -- but the synthesized gloss grows increasingly brittle just as the songs get decidedly corny. As such, New Looks from an Old Lover serves as a good document of Thomas' '80s output, but it also shows just how bumpy that decade was.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2017
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064005674
catalogNumber: 567


  1. Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love
  2. I Just Sing
  3. New Looks Ffrom an Old Lover
  4. You Keep the Man in Me Happy (And the Child in Me Alive)
  5. Two Car Garage
  6. Beautiful World
  7. The Whole World's in Love When You're Lonely
  8. We're Here to Love
  9. The Girl Most Likely To
  10. From This Moment On
  11. The Part of Me That Needs You the Most
  12. Northern Lights
  13. America Is
  14. Broken Toys
  15. Night Life
  16. Make the World Go Away
  17. Rock and Roll Shoes
  18. Pray for Me
  19. This Love Is Forever
  20. As Long as We've Got Each Other
  21. The Wind Beneath My Wings

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.J. Thomas   Primary Artist
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Marc Cohn   Background Vocals
Jordanaires   Background Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Steve Gibson   Guitar
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Billy Alessi   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Roger Bissell   Horn
John David Boyle   Strings
Larry Byrom   Guitar
Jimmy Capps   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
John Catchings   Strings
Marvin Chantry   Strings
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Roy Christensen   Strings
Bruce Dees   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Daniel Furth   Strings
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Lennie Haight   Strings
Phyllis Hiltz   Strings
Bill Hullett   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Keith   Background Vocals
Jerry Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar
Will Lee   Bass
Mike Leech   Bass
Kenny Malone   Drums
Randy McCormick   Piano
Terry McMillan   Harmonica,Percussion
Dennis Molchan   Strings
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Ron Oates   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Steve Pippin   Background Vocals
Donna Rhodes   Background Vocals
Tom Robb   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano,Keyboards
Thom Rotella   Guitar
Billy Sanford   Acoustic Guitar
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Walter Schwede   Strings
Dale Sellers   Electric Guitar
Denis Solee   Horn
James Stroud   Drums
George Tidwell   Horn
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Pamela VanOsdale   Strings
Pete Wade   Electric Guitar
David Wolfert   Guitar,Conductor
Bob Wray   Bass
James Skipper   Horn
Laurence Harvin   Strings
Angela Innis   Background Vocals
Jimmy Machen   Percussion
Phyllis Mazza   Strings
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Kenny Mimms   Electric Guitar
William Puett   Horn
Perry Rhodes   Background Vocals
Teri Serletic   Background Vocals
Clifford Carter   Synthesizer
Stephanie Woolf   Strings
David Briggs   Piano
Steve Tubin   Piano
George Binkley   Strings
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Jack Solomon   Acoustic Guitar
Carl Gorodetsky   Strings
Roy Huskey   Upright Bass
Kenneth Malone   Drums
Robert Wray   Bass
Elliott Rosoff   Concert Master
Kurt Yahkian   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Ray Charles   Engineer
Dave Loggins   Composer
Pete Drake   Composer,Producer
Larry Henley   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Lewis Anderson   Composer
Randy Best   Engineer
John Bettis   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Steve Buckingham   Producer
Nicky Chinn   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Steve Dorff   Composer
Gene Eichelberger   Engineer
Larry Greenhill   Engineer
Paul Kennerley   Composer
Gary Klein   Producer
Red Lane   Composer
Graham Lyle   Composer
J.D. Martin   Composer
Wood Newton   Composer
Ron Oates   Arranger,String Arrangements
Pachucki   Engineer
Steve Pippin   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer
Mike Reid   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Jeff Silbar   Composer
B.J. Thomas   Composer
Bergen White   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
D. Bergen White   String Arrangements
Aaron Wilburn   Composer
Ernie Winfrey   Engineer
David Wolfert   Arranger
Joe Bogan   Engineer
Mike Chapman   Composer
Gary Harrison   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Gloria Thomas   Composer
Dan Tyler   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
Jeff James   Producer
J. Dawson   Composer
Bob Montgomery   Producer
Fred Knoblock   Composer
Ron "Snake" Reynolds   Engineer
Lathan Hudson   Composer
Paul Bursick   Composer
John Davenport   Engineer,Remixing

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