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George Strait 9/12/1995

Review

A truly comprehensive four-CD compilation covering the years 1976-1995, including all 31 of his number one hits, 11 more chart singles of great musical significance, 19 LP tracks, and 11 more rare tracks, plus a brace of unreleased songs that are anything but leftovers. The opening three tracks, all written by Strait and dating from 1976-1979, show a lot of potential on his part as a singer fronting a competent band. 1981's "Unwound" was where his career lifted off, and his singing takes on serious depth and range. Beyond "Unwound," there's a lot here that could've done well as singles, displaying his early sound as a mix of traditional country and country-pop. Strait ultimately rebelled against the latter, but the songs off of his first two LPs show a prodigious talent in any milieu he'd have chosen to work. Disc two opens with the Bob Wills number "Right or Wrong," which became central to Strait's sound and image and, in the early '80s, was a reminder that as smooth as those early MCA songs had been, Strait had a genuine commitment to Western swing and traditional country music. Disc three divides its space between ballads and honky tonk numbers, with some comedy and some bracing Western swing. Disc four is all '90s material, right up through 1995. The cut that helped sell this set is Strait's never-issued 1993 duet with Frank Sinatra on "Fly Me to the Moon," which never should have been left off the Duets album -- the two singers' voices sound right together, and the song works as is. The producers have provided a booklet with an extensive biographical essay, a full sessionography, and comments from Strait himself on each of the songs included. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I Just Can't Go on Dying Like This George Strait 2:42
  3. 2 (That Don't Change) The Way I Feel About You George Strait 2:8
  4. 3 I Don't Want to Talk It over Anymore George Strait 3:9
  5. 4 Unwound George Strait 2:23
  6. 5 Blame It on Mexico George Strait 2:47
  7. 6 Her Goodbye Hit Me in the Heart George Strait 3:2
  8. 7 If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home) George Strait 2:54
  9. 8 Any Old Love Won't Do George Strait 3:0
  10. 9 Fool Hearted Memory George Strait 2:37
  11. 10 Marina del Rey George Strait 2:58
  12. 11 I Can't See Texas from Here George Strait 2:28
  13. 12 Heartbroke George Strait 3:32
  14. 13 What Would Your Memories Do George Strait 3:15
  15. 14 Amarillo by Morning George Strait 2:50
  16. 15 I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name George Strait 2:43
  17. 16 Fire I Can't Put Out George Strait 2:58
  18. 17 You Look So Good in Love George Strait 3:9
  19. 18 80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopper George Strait 2:10
  20. 1 Right or Wrong George Strait 2:3
  21. 2 Let's Fall to Pieces Together George Strait 2:53
  22. 3 Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind George Strait 3:13
  23. 4 The Cowboy Rides Away George Strait 3:19
  24. 5 The Fireman George Strait 2:33
  25. 6 Chair George Strait 2:48
  26. 7 You're Something Special to Me George Strait 3:17
  27. 8 Haven't You Heard George Strait 2:53
  28. 9 In Too Deep George Strait 2:35
  29. 10 Lefty's Gone George Strait 3:12
  30. 11 Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her George Strait 2:49
  31. 12 It Ain't Cool to Be Crazy About You George Strait 2:49
  32. 13 Ocean Front Property George Strait 3:5
  33. 14 Rhythm of the Road George Strait 2:14
  34. 15 Six Pack to Go Hank Thompson 3:0
  35. 16 All My Ex's Live in Texas George Strait 3:17
  36. 17 Am I Blue George Strait 3:4
  37. 18 Famous Last Words of a Fool George Strait 3:33
  38. 1 Baby Blue George Strait 3:30
  39. 2 If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin') George Strait 2:17
  40. 3 Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye George Strait 3:27
  41. 4 Bigger Man Than Me George Strait 2:48
  42. 5 Hollywood Squares George Strait 2:41
  43. 6 What's Going on in Your World George Strait 3:25
  44. 7 Ace in the Hole George Strait 2:35
  45. 8 Love Without End, Amen George Strait 3:4
  46. 9 Drinking Champagne George Strait 3:33
  47. 10 I've Come to Expect It from You George Strait 3:42
  48. 11 If I Know Me George Strait 2:39
  49. 12 You Know Me Better Than That George Strait 3:0
  50. 13 The Chill of an Early Fall George Strait 3:29
  51. 14 Lovesick Blues George Strait 2:53
  52. 15 Milk Cow Blues George Strait 5:9
  53. 16 Gone as a Girl Can Get George Strait 3:13
  54. 17 So Much Like My Dad George Strait 3:22
  55. 18 Trains Make Me Lonesome George Strait 3:43
  56. 1 Wonderland of Love George Strait 2:53
  57. 2 I Cross My Heart George Strait 3:28
  58. 3 Heartland George Strait 2:15
  59. 4 When Did You Stop Loving Me George Strait 2:46
  60. 5 Overnight Male George Strait 2:32
  61. 6 The King of Broken Hearts George Strait 3:6
  62. 7 Where the Sidewalk Ends George Strait 3:7
  63. 8 Easy Come, Easy Go George Strait 2:59
  64. 9 I'd Like to Have That One Back George Strait 3:50
  65. 10 Lovebug George Strait 2:48
  66. 11 The Man in Love With You George Strait 3:21
  67. 12 Just Look at Me George Strait 3:8
  68. 13 Stay Out of My Arms George Strait 2:34
  69. 14 Big Ball's in Cowtown George Strait 2:39
  70. 15 Big One George Strait 2:5
  71. 16 Fly Me to the Moon George Strait 2:6
  72. 17 Check Yes or No George Strait 3:18
  73. 18 I Know She Still Loves Me George Strait 3:6

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