April 30, 1982
Nashville, TN (January 1982)
In Black and White (1982)
He Set My Life to Music (1982)
...In Black and White is the twelfth studio album by American country artist Barbara Mandrell. The album was released in April 1982 on MCA Records and was produced by Tom Collins. It was Barbara Mandrell's first studio album in two years since the release of Love Is Fair.
Background and content
...In Black and White was recorded in January 1982 in Nashville, Tennessee and consisted of ten tracks of new material. Greg Adams of Allmusic compared the fourth track, "'Till You're Gone" to Ronnie Milsap's number one country single "Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)", saying that the track anticipated the "oily nostalgia...with its classic doo wop chord progression." The album mainly contained Country pop-influenced ballads such as "'Till You're Gone". Adams gave the album three out five stars, calling the album "uneven" in parts. He stated, "The album is marred by synthetic production and uneven material, particularly with regard to the preponderance of generic ballads that aren't rooted in any particular genre of music. Unless you're a completist, enjoy "Till You're Gone" on a greatest-hits collection and skip the rest."
...In Black and White was released on a LP album, with five songs on each side of the record.
...In Black and White spawned two singles during the course of 1982. The lead single "'Till You're Gone" was released in August 1982 and peaked at number one on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs chart, while also reaching #25 on Billboard 's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. "'Till You're Gone" peaked also at #3 on the Canadian RPM Country chart. The second and final single "Operator, Long Distance Please" was released in December 1982 and reached #9 on Billboard 's Country Singles chart and on Canada's RPM Country Tracks chart. ...In Black and White was issued in 1982 and reached #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart and #153 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.