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Reba McEntire 10/28/2008

Review

Only three years after the 35-track, two-disc compilation Reba #1's, Reba McEntire presents a slightly more generous examination of her successful recordings with the three-disc 50 Greatest Hits. But despite being longer, it actually covers less ground chronologically, adding only one new hit since 2004, "Because of You," a duet with Kelly Clarkson, and lopping off the first eight years of McEntire's career. She started out with Mercury Records (which, like MCA, is now an imprint of Universal, its catalog readily available to the compilers), which built her up to the point of scoring two consecutive number-one hits, "Can't Even Get the Blues" and "You're the First Time I've Thought About Leaving," in 1983. Neither of those tracks is counted among her "50 greatest hits" here; instead, the collection starts with her first MCA chart-topper, "How Blue," from 1984-1985. From there, things progress chronologically over more than two decades, with each hit presented in the order it marched up the Billboard country singles chart. Along the way, a few editorial adjustments are made, at least below the level of Top Five hits. Left out are "Little Girl" (which reached number seven in 1990) and "They Asked About You" (number seven in 1994), while, for instance, "She Thinks His Name Was John" (number 15 in 1994), "Starting Over Again" (number 19 in 1996), and "What If It's You" (number 15 in 1997) are included. Otherwise, however, the album lives up to its title, and in its sheer bulk, it makes a case for McEntire's song choices, which, in addition to proving hits year after year, also enabled her to portray and describe a variety of modern women struggling to get by, sometimes being cheated on, sometimes doing the cheating themselves, but always trying to reconcile love with life's travails. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 How Blue Reba McEntire 2:40
  3. 2 Somebody Should Leave Reba McEntire 3:31
  4. 3 Have I Got a Deal for You Reba McEntire 2:44
  5. 4 Only in My Mind Reba McEntire 3:37
  6. 5 Whoever's in New England Reba McEntire 3:21
  7. 6 Little Rock Reba McEntire 3:5
  8. 7 What Am I Gonna Do About You Reba McEntire 3:28
  9. 8 Let the Music Lift You Up Reba McEntire 4:22
  10. 9 One Promise Too Late Reba McEntire 3:25
  11. 10 The Last One to Know Reba McEntire 3:14
  12. 11 Love Will Find Its Way to You Reba McEntire 3:36
  13. 12 Sunday Kind of Love Reba McEntire 3:2
  14. 13 I Know How He Feels Reba McEntire 3:17
  15. 14 New Fool at an Old Game Reba McEntire 3:46
  16. 15 Cathy's Clown Reba McEntire 3:0
  17. 16 'Til Love Comes Again Reba McEntire 3:41
  18. 17 Walk On Reba McEntire 3:11
  19. 1 You Lie Reba McEntire 3:54
  20. 2 Rumor Has It Reba McEntire 3:44
  21. 3 Fancy Reba McEntire 4:52
  22. 4 Fallin' out of Love Reba McEntire 4:31
  23. 5 For My Broken Heart Reba McEntire 4:15
  24. 6 Is There Life out There Reba McEntire 3:50
  25. 7 The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia Reba McEntire 4:13
  26. 8 The Greatest Man I Never Knew Reba McEntire 3:12
  27. 9 Take It Back Reba McEntire 3:13
  28. 10 The Heart Won't Lie Reba McEntire 3:19
  29. 11 It's Your Call Reba McEntire 3:7
  30. 12 Does He Love You Reba McEntire 4:17
  31. 13 Why Haven't I Heard from You Reba McEntire 3:26
  32. 14 She Thinks His Name Was John Reba McEntire 4:16
  33. 15 Till You Love Me Reba McEntire 3:48
  34. 16 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Reba McEntire 3:48
  35. 17 And Still Reba McEntire 3:26
  36. 1 Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands Reba McEntire 4:11
  37. 2 Starting Over Again Reba McEntire 4:9
  38. 3 The Fear of Being Alone Reba McEntire 3:0
  39. 4 How Was I to Know Reba McEntire 3:37
  40. 5 I'd Rather Ride Around with You Reba McEntire 3:27
  41. 6 What If It's You Reba McEntire 4:5
  42. 7 If You See Him, If You See Her Reba McEntire 3:55
  43. 8 Forever Love Reba McEntire 3:50
  44. 9 Wrong Night Reba McEntire 2:48
  45. 10 One Honest Heart Reba McEntire 3:51
  46. 11 What Do You Say Reba McEntire 3:27
  47. 12 I'll Be Reba McEntire 4:26
  48. 13 I'm a Survivor Reba McEntire 3:2
  49. 14 Somebody Reba McEntire 3:47
  50. 15 He Gets That from Me Reba McEntire 3:36
  51. 16 Because of You Reba McEntire 3:41

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