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Early Years, The

LeAnn RimesAudio CD
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Doing the unexpected has almost become expected of LeAnn Rimes. From her hit “Blue” nearly 15 years ago to her impressive new concept album of classic country standards, Lady & Gentlemen, LeAnn has always bravely followed her own inner compass and consistently maintained her musical integrity rather than simply following the musical trends of the day.

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  • Audio CD (July 22, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CURB
  • ASIN: B000000DGG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Early Years, The by Leann Rimes

This product is manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

This album consists of material recorded prior to Rimes's best-selling 1996 national debut, Blue. The program includes such time-tested staples of Rimes's live show as "Cowboy's Sweetheart," "I Will Always Love You," "Blue Moon of Kentucky," and "Unchained Melody." As amazing as it is to hear a voice this powerful and polished coming from a 15-year-old girl in 1997, it's even more amazing to consider that she was only 10 or 11 when most of these recordings were done. What's not so amazing are the five contemporary country numbers, which point to the problem Rimes continues to face in finding new material worthy of her once-in-a-generation vocal abilities. --Bill Holdship

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible for one so young March 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
LeAnn was about 11 when these recordings were made, so she was still learning her craft. Even so, this is a fascinating collection that showcases her wonderful voice. Of the songs, there are five oldies, three of which are so well known that it is difficult to imagine that there is any adult in Britain or America who has not heard them countless times.
I will always love you is Dolly Parton's classic song that eventually became Whitney Houston's biggest hit ever. Yesterday is the Beatles song that has been covered more times than any other pop song. Unchained melody was originally a hit for several singers in the fifties, but is perhaps most closely identified with the Righteous brothers. They had a hit with it in the sixties but an even bigger hit in 1990 when it was featured in the Ghost movie soundtrack. Blue moon of Kentucky is less famous than those three, but this Bill Monroe classic has been covered many times, including by Elvis Presley. The oldest song, I wanna be a cowboy's sweetheart, on which LeAnn demonstrates her skills as a yodeller, was a million-seller for Patsy Montana in the thirties.

LeAnn stamps her identity on all those oldies, but also shows her skills on contemporary material, including Share my love, a song she co-wrote. To my ears, this is a wonderful album. Of course, it's not quite up to the standard of her official debut album, but anybody who enjoys that may be surprised at just how good this is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is not my favourite LeAnn Rimes album November 27, 1999
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LeAnn Rimes is capable of better works.

For those who are fortunate to have th "All That" album, then maybe this one isn't good, and certainly for others who don't have "All That", it isn't that good.

LeAnn re-recorded most of the tracks she did for "All That". Her yodelling is good in "I Want to Be A Cowboys Sweetheart", the acapella portion of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and the song itself is fabulous, the song she wrote "Share My Love" is a great ballad that is fast and catchy. In "Broken Wing", she sings beautifully and that rendition is extremely heartfelt. I didn't like "I Will Always Love You" and "Yesterday". They are classics that she should have left out. They are good songs but they seemed out of place in this album. "Unchained Melody", the Grand Finalé is performed excellently.

This album is a good one, but isn't her best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This album shows off her voice August 16, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
After listening to this album, you could tell that it was designed to show off her voice, not the quality of the material. The songs are all remakes anyway. Obviously, she has the strongest and most confident voice in country today. She gladly shows off her versatile vocal ability with "I Will Always Love You" and "Unchained Melody." But aside from that, these songs do not convey emotion, or any type of depth whatsoever. This album is all about showcasing LeAnn's voice. Oh well. I suppose that's why it was released in the first place. By the way, the best song is "Unchained Melody." It's much smoother and more flowing than The Righteous Brothers' (Were they the ones who sang it?) version. It's a wonderful song to listen to over and over, plus you can hear LeAnn reach the hightest note I've ever heard from a country singer. She also shows just how long she can sing before having to pause to take a breath. Wow, what a song.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Considering that Rimes cut her first album at 11, and reached country music stardom at 13, the notion of "early years" is a bit difficult to grasp. Featured on this disc are reworked versions of her first release, recorded just before her major label debut, "Blue," conquered the charts. This prenatal offering showcases a polished amateur with tremendous promise. Rimes voice is powerful, though often uncontrolled, and her phrasing shows a preternatural maturity.
Covers of Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky," and Joyce Harrison's "Sure Thing" benefit from Rimes retro-country singing style. While versions of Dolly Parton's (by way of Whitney Houston's) "I Will Always Love You," the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody," and The Beatles' "Yesterday" find Rimes out of her element stylistically, and out of her depth emotionally.
Perhaps this release was a rushed-to-the-stores cash-in on Rimes' extraordinary popularity, but her fans will find it an interesting peek into the formation of a very young star.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully amazing! January 1, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I love this album because it shows LeAnn's growing voice through her singing years. In "Cowboy's Sweetheart" it shows off LeAnn's yodel. She sings "Broken Wing" and "Unchained Melody" beautiful. It was a #1 chart success, and it's a great CD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A look at the Early Years October 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The release of Rimes' second album, Unchained Melody - The Early Years, came as a shock to many. The title of the album itself was ludicrous, after all, wasn't she living those exact years?. Surprisingly enough, this album presented Rimes with natural young talent as opposed to a little girl with a exceptional voice. The way Rimes rolls her voice around the good old songs proved a growing talent that could only get better with years.
4 stars... Always Mirren.
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3.0 out of 5 stars almost 4 stars
Titled The Early Years. This cd was put together after Blue. The songs were recorded before Blue. And they put this cd together to cash in on her at the time. It's a good cd. Read more
Published 1 month ago by john thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice spunk and enthusiasm
Has a good listening voice even so young. Hesitant to buy it at first but glad I Did. Buy it.
Published 7 months ago by Jtp
4.0 out of 5 stars Her Voice makes the album powerful.
The reason that I rated this album 4/5 was not because of the songs but because of her voice. She has a powerful voice that makes this album really great. Read more
Published on April 15, 2011 by jchawk
4.0 out of 5 stars She is very good
I like many of her pieces. She is very mod for my taste but I like most of her songs.
Published on January 30, 2010 by Robert E. Hadik
4.0 out of 5 stars Good songs and such a pure voice!
She's very young here but her voice is clear as a bell.

A friend of ours plays harmonica on one of the cuts! Rest in peace, Ray Carl.
Published on February 28, 2006 by Kay L. Kennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Much better than "Inspirational Songs" but.....
.....this collection of done-to-death songs is little more than an attempt to cash in on LeAnn's fame. Read more
Published on August 25, 2004 by Fruit Loop
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzie's favorites
I love this cd very very much when I listened to it on my cd player. All the songs on this cd goes way back in 50's and 60's
that has the Beatles song "Yesterday", Dolly... Read more
Published on March 25, 2003 by Suzie Mundy
3.0 out of 5 stars Early LeAnn
This album chronicles LeAnn's early career before she hit it big in 1996 with BLUE. Basically it is touch and go here. Read more
Published on October 8, 2002 by J. M. Zuurbier
2.0 out of 5 stars LeAnn Rimes's unchained melody
I was very disappointed with this album. It wasn't as good as it should have been. I realize that it was something that was made before she hit the big time, and there is a... Read more
Published on January 13, 2002
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