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Essential Original recording remastered

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With 65 million albums sold, Alabama is the best country group of all time, & one of the 20 best selling acts of all time. This 2 CD set features 44 classic songs including 42 # 1 smash hits. BMG. 2005.

Disc: 1
1. Five O'Clock 500 [#]
2. Keepin' Up [#]
3. How Do You Fall in Love [#]
4. Tennessee River
5. Why Lady Why
6. Old Flame
7. Feels So Right
8. Love in the First Degree
9. Mountain Music
10. Take Me Down
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Disc: 2
1. Touch Me When We're Dancing
2. You've Got the Touch
3. Face to Face
4. Fallin' Again
5. Song of the South
6. If I Had You
7. High Cotton
8. Southern Star
9. Jukebox in My Mind
10. Forever's as Far as I'll Go
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0009A3ZH6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jon on July 9, 2005
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This compilation is great, except for the fact that half a dozen of some of the most popular songs are the shorter radio versions, not their extended album versions that most people are probably familiar with.

Here's a run-down of the differences that I've noticed:

1. Removed from the beginning of Mountain Music the harmonica solo and the old man talking about climbing the mountain. Drum solo also removed.
2. Removed the truck sounds from the start and finish of Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler).
3. Cut the two fiddle solos from Dixieland Delight and the fadeout is much shorter, cutting off much of the chorus at the end.
4. Cut the fiddle solo from If You Wanna Play in Texas.
5. Almost two whole minutes stripped from the end of She and I.

There may be more, but these were the most obvious for me.

While including the original radio versions may seem fine to some, others of us are most familiar with the extended-length album versions and the short versions just don't sound right. Also, I feel that a career compilation ought to include the full versions of songs. There's just something that feels less "complete" about this set, at least to this picky listener.

The reason for including the shorter, radio versions is obvious: it's so that RCA could fit three new songs in (new, at least, in '98, when this compilation was first released). Those three songs are quite good and enjoyable, but they put them on to sell the compilation, at the expense of some of the more popular classics.

Aside from the half-dozen shortened songs, this is an otherwise great CD set. As stated, this is a re-release of 98's For the Record set that was available until recently. It may've been digitally remastered; I'm not sure.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Please note that this is a straight re-issue of a previous compilation (For the record - 41 number one hits) with a different title and packaging.

41 number one hits (and they've had a 42nd since then) on the American country charts is an impressive record by any standards. They've also had a lot of other hits which came close. One of my favorite Alabama songs, Pass it on down, peaked at number two, therefore didn't make this collection. Their debut single, My home's in Alabama, only peaked at number 16 and also misses out. I'm not complaining really, but it would be nice to see another compilation - perhaps it could be called Not the number one hits (it would contain a lot of quality songs, and would be better than most Greatest hits collections).

What you get here is three songs recorded especially for this album, one of which made number one when eventually released as singles, together with all those 41 hits.

Alabama were always the champions of the blue collar workers, most clearly illustrated on Forty hour week, in which they pay tribute to all those who keep America going. It's a great song, but there are several others I like even better. One of my favorites, In pictures, is a cover of a song first recorded by Linda Davis. It is about being so busy working that you don't see much of your family except in pictures. Tennessee River, another of my favorites, was Alabama's first number one. Hank Williams Junior did a great cover of it for his Rowdy album, which is one of his best albums. My favorites also include Old flame, Feels so right, Mountain music, Song of the south and Hometown honeymoon - but most of the other songs are not far behind.

Alabama wrote nearly all their own material, but they did occasionally record covers.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Rosenthal Esq on May 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a double CD with 44 cuts - not a single as listed in Amazon

This is a reissue of a previously released Alabama CD "For The Record:41 Number One Hits"

Great CD - but know what you are buying
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier on November 10, 2010
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This Alabama music collection is definitely handy to own if you or someone else close to you enjoys Alabama. My husband is a fan of Alabama's music, and this was one of the reasons for me to have purchased this cd. Many of the songs on the Alabama cd are gems that grow on you each listen. I can personally attest to this. I normally am prone to listen to alot of music from the pop, dance, and rock genres. However, I am open to listen to other musical genres when many of the songs on the cd are great. This is one such cd that has many great songs. My husband's favorite song is "Born Country". My favorite song on the cd is "She and I". If you are a country music fan then definitely get this cd. If you are open minded to good music from many musical genres, then this cd is also for you. What I also love is that there are songs in this collection to appeal to different moods. If you are in a romantic mood some of the songs to listen to are "Dixieland Delight", "Take Me Down", and "There's a Fire In the Night". If you want to listen to happiness booster songs there are songs such as "Forty Hour Week (For a Livin')" and "Down Home". There are other good songs to appeal to the various moods from this wonderful collection, but I wanted to give a sampler from some of their classics. Last but not least, this is definitely one of the musical collections that give you your money's worth.
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