Best Of Country

July 30, 1990 | Format: MP3

$9.49
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
2:52
2
4:12
3
4:10
4
3:46
5
3:23
6
4:22
7
3:34
8
4:12
9
4:14
10
5:10


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 30, 1990
  • Label: Curb Records
  • Total Length: 39:55
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B004QDYDYQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,474 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on August 28, 2000
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This is a wonderful compilation of an artist who has done a number of interesting career turns since crashing onto the popular charts thirty years ago with the folk-country crossover hit, "Wildfire". Many of the songs included here were in a terrific album released early in the 1980s, with the hit song "What's Forever For" propelling it up the charts. Murphey is always delightful and surprising, and from a guy who has done everything from "Geronimo's Cadillac" to cowboy albums, this album is a provocative turn toward more contemporary music, which may be difficult to classify, but is absolutely impossible to resist. From the opening "What's Forever For" to the intriguing "Ring Of Truth", Murphey's songwriting, singing, and arrangement talents are wonderfully showcased, and each of the songs provides an interesting look at the nature of contemporary lives and relationships as seen by someone with common sense, an earthy appreciation for the values of the simple life, and an ardent celebrant of life. Although I like all the songs included here, my special favorites are "Heart's In The Right Place", "Lost River", and the absolutely captivating "Crystal", an absorbing word picture of a man recollecting a love affair with unbelievably stunning lyrics and a lovely, memorable and artfully delivered melody. Believe me when I say this one song is worth the price of the album, and compares well to anything by James Taylor, Van Morrison, or Paul Simon. I love this album, and it is permanently installed in my new 100 CD player for my convenience. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!
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I bought this CD for his big hits such as "Wild Fire" and "Carolina in the Pines" but I was absolutely taken with "Crystal" which may be one of the most haunting and beautiful songs I've ever heard. I've been listening to it for years and I guess the highest tribute I can give it is to state that I always feel as if I am hearing it for the first time. If this CD had cost me ten times as much I would feel I had received the bargain of my life because of "Crystal."
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Michael's career has gone through several changes culminating in his switch to cowboy music in the nineties, but this compilation highlights the easy-listening country love songs that he recorded for EMI in the eighties.

Michael wrote most of his own material but the best song here, What's forever for, is from the pen of Rafe Van Hoy. The only other song here that Michael didn't have a hand in writing, What she wants, is another fine song.

Of the songs that Michael wrote or co-wrote, I particularly like Carolina in the pines, The two-step is easy and Lost river, but the others are all of a high quality.

Ultimately, it seems that Michael will go down in history as the man who revived cowboy music in the nineties, but this very different, mellow country music is well worth listening to.
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