RELEASE
September 12, 1995
LABEL
MCA
GENRES
Country, Contemporary Country, Western Swing Revival, New Traditionalist

Album 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, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I Just Can't Go on Dying Like Thishttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=329582723&id=309389
  2. (That Don't Change) The Way I Feel About Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=329582725&id=309389
  3. I Don't Want to Talk It over Anymorehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=329582727&id=309389
  4. Unwoundhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/unwound/id309389?i=309387&uo=5
  5. Blame It on Mexicohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blame-it-on-mexico/id309389?i=309251&uo=5
  6. Her Goodbye Hit Me in the Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/her-goodbye-hit-me-in-the-heart/id309389?i=309287&uo=5
  7. If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)http://itunes.apple.com/album/if-youre-thinking-you-want/id309389?i=309289&uo=5
  8. Any Old Love Won't Do [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/any-old-love-wont-do/id309389?i=309291&uo=5
  9. Fool Hearted Memoryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/fool-hearted-memory/id309389?i=309293&uo=5
  10. Marina del Reyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/marina-del-rey/id309389?i=309295&uo=5
  11. I Can't See Texas from Herehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-cant-see-texas-from-here/id309389?i=309297&uo=5
  12. Heartbrokehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/heartbroke/id309389?i=309299&uo=5
  13. What Would Your Memories Do [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/what-would-your-memories-do/id309389?i=309301&uo=5
  14. Amarillo by Morninghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/amarillo-by-morning/id309389?i=309303&uo=5
  15. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/i-thought-i-heard-you-calling/id309389?i=309305&uo=5
  16. Fire I Can't Put Outhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  17. You Look So Good in Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-look-so-good-in-love/id309389?i=309309&uo=5
  18. 80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopperhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/80-proof-bottle-tear-stopper/id309389?i=309311&uo=5
  19. Right or Wronghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  20. Let's Fall to Pieces Togetherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  21. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  22. The Cowboy Rides Awayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  23. The Firemanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  24. Chairhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  25. You're Something Special to Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  26. Haven't You Heardhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  27. In Too Deephttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  28. Lefty's Gonehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  29. Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Herhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  30. It Ain't Cool to Be Crazy About Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  31. Ocean Front Propertyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  32. Rhythm of the Roadhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  33. Six Pack to Gohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  34. All My Ex's Live in Texashttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  35. Am I Bluehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  36. Famous Last Words of a Foolhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  37. Baby Bluehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  38. If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')http://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  39. Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbyehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  40. Bigger Man Than Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  41. Hollywood Squareshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  42. What's Going on in Your Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  43. Ace in the Holehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  44. Love Without End, Amenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  45. Drinking Champagnehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  46. I've Come to Expect It from Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  47. If I Know Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  48. You Know Me Better Than Thathttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  49. The Chill of an Early Fallhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  50. Lovesick Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  51. Milk Cow Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  52. Gone as a Girl Can Gethttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  53. So Much Like My Dadhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  54. Trains Make Me Lonesomehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  55. Wonderland of Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  56. I Cross My Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  57. Heartlandhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  58. When Did You Stop Loving Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  59. Overnight Malehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  60. The King of Broken Heartshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  61. Where the Sidewalk Endshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  62. Easy Come, Easy Gohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  63. I'd Like to Have That One Backhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  64. Lovebughttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  65. The Man in Love With Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  66. Just Look at Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  67. Stay Out of My Armshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  68. Big Ball's in Cowtown [With Asleep at the Wheel]http://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  69. Big Onehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  70. Fly Me to the Moon [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  71. Check Yes or No [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
  72. I Know She Still Loves Me [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5
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