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&at=11l9vR
  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&at=11l9vR
  3. I Don't Want to Talk It over Anymorehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=329582727&id=309389&at=11l9vR
  4. Unwoundhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/unwound/id309389?i=309387&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Blame It on Mexicohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blame-it-on-mexico/id309389?i=309251&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Her Goodbye Hit Me in the Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/her-goodbye-hit-me-in-the-heart/id309389?i=309287&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  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&at=11l9vR
  8. Any Old Love Won't Do [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/any-old-love-wont-do/id309389?i=309291&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Fool Hearted Memoryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/fool-hearted-memory/id309389?i=309293&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Marina del Reyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/marina-del-rey/id309389?i=309295&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. I Can't See Texas from Herehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-cant-see-texas-from-here/id309389?i=309297&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Heartbrokehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/heartbroke/id309389?i=309299&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. What Would Your Memories Do [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/what-would-your-memories-do/id309389?i=309301&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Amarillo by Morninghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/amarillo-by-morning/id309389?i=309303&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  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&at=11l9vR
  16. Fire I Can't Put Outhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. You Look So Good in Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-look-so-good-in-love/id309389?i=309309&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. 80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopperhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/80-proof-bottle-tear-stopper/id309389?i=309311&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Right or Wronghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Let's Fall to Pieces Togetherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. The Cowboy Rides Awayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. The Firemanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Chairhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. You're Something Special to Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Haven't You Heardhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. In Too Deephttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Lefty's Gonehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Herhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. It Ain't Cool to Be Crazy About Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Ocean Front Propertyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Rhythm of the Roadhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Six Pack to Gohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. All My Ex's Live in Texashttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Am I Bluehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Famous Last Words of a Foolhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. Baby Bluehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')http://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbyehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Bigger Man Than Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Hollywood Squareshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. What's Going on in Your Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. Ace in the Holehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Love Without End, Amenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. Drinking Champagnehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. I've Come to Expect It from Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. If I Know Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  48. You Know Me Better Than Thathttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  49. The Chill of an Early Fallhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  50. Lovesick Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  51. Milk Cow Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  52. Gone as a Girl Can Gethttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  53. So Much Like My Dadhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  54. Trains Make Me Lonesomehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  55. Wonderland of Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  56. I Cross My Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  57. Heartlandhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  58. When Did You Stop Loving Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  59. Overnight Malehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  60. The King of Broken Heartshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  61. Where the Sidewalk Endshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  62. Easy Come, Easy Gohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  63. I'd Like to Have That One Backhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  64. Lovebughttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  65. The Man in Love With Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  66. Just Look at Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  67. Stay Out of My Armshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  68. Big Ball's in Cowtown [With Asleep at the Wheel]http://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  69. Big Onehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  70. Fly Me to the Moon [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  71. Check Yes or No [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  72. I Know She Still Loves Me [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/strait-out-of-the-box/id309389?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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