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Essentials Original recording remastered


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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, April 22, 2003
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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Strat. Mkt.
  • ASIN: B00008VGKW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Drivin' My Life Away
2. I Love A Rainy Night
3. Kentucky Rain
4. You And I
5. You Don't Love Me Anymore
6. Suspicions
7. Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)
8. Gone Too Far
9. You Can't Run From Love
10. The Best Year Of My Life
11. Every Which Way But Loose
12. I Just Want To Love You

Editorial Reviews

2003 compilation featuring 12 digitally remastered tracks, detailed liner notes, & great photos. Highlights include, 'Drivin' My Life Away', 'I Love A Rainy Night', & 'You & I' feat. Crystal Gayle. Warner Brothers.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love the music of eddie rabbitt. Having said that, I wish Electra / Warner Brothers / RCA would put out a 2 CD set of all his hits. These CD's are more or less combinations of the vinyl greatest hits one and two. There are also a few hits from the 1986 CD Rabbitt Tracks showing up here and there. I have the vinyl 1982 release of Eddie Rabbitt's Greatest Hits on Warner Brothers and I've never seen it on CD. And while this CD covers the same hits as a lot of the other "best of" CD's out there. They all seem to fall short of being a true Greatest Hits package. Where are hits like 'I Don't Know Where To Start, 'You Put The Beat In My Heart, and 'Nothing Like Falling In Love. It seems that they keep taking the same 15 hits, reworking the tracks in different orders and slapping a new cover and title on it. I just wish someone would put a two CD set together of all his hits and be done with it. Anyone at Rhino Records listening?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zub VINE VOICE on June 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With over 40 country charting hits and 14 top-100 pop hits, Eddie Rabbitt's catalog is criminally ignored in the CD marketplace. Though inexcusable, this misstep may be part of the controversy stemming from Rabbitt's seamless transitioning between country and pop material leaving his repertoire being ignored by the pop compilers as belonging to "country" and being shunned by the country purists as being "too pop". This arrogance notwithstanding, with his degree of chart success, Eddie Rabbitt CD's should be prominent in any decent country or pop sales rack.

This greatest hits package, one in the line of WEA's "Essential" mid-line series, merely skims the cream of the crop by presenting a sampling of his number one country hits along with one other track, his original "Kentucky Rain", the song that went top-20 for Elvis in 1970. With that single exception, being a collection of number one hits, there isn't much one can argue with the song selection on the basis of chart performance but omitting "Step By Step", a number five pop chart hit as well as number one country is a bit of a mystery.

For a mid-price piece, this is reasonably well done with some background on the artist included in the liner notes booklet along with decent sound quality. Importantly, these are original versions of these tunes, not the rerecorded ones that have shown up on other label compilations of Rabbitt's tunes done originally for Electra.

For the newcomer to Rabbitt's catalog, this is a good place to start but for the true fan, there is not much new here to get excited about. Hopefully, someone - and Rhino would be the obvious choice as they have access to the Electra, and therefore Rabbitt's catalog - will properly compile the music of this sorely underrepresented performer, and soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have read all the reviews on this website. I just wish someone would actually listen to these reviews. I'm just like the rest of these people. Why don't they come out with a box set of Eddie Rabbitt. I'm talking about songs like "Singing In The Subway," "Letter From Home," "When We Make Love," "Step By Step," "Threw It Away," just to name a few. Sure this compact disc would be huge, but think of the people who would buy it. Please if any of you guys at the record companies read this do something.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Warren Mullin on January 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Eddie Rabbitt wrote some very catchy and popular tunes that crossed the boundaries of genre in the 80's. It is quite unfortunate that many of Eddie's earlier masterpieces did not cross over. "I Just Want To Love You", "You Don't Love Me Anymore", "Song Of Ireland", and yes, his very own version of his very own composition "Kentucky Rain", to name just a few, would have been monster hits for pop radio. Interestingly, it was a more traditional country arrangement that Eddie first bridged the gap with: "Every Which Way But Loose". (Of course, when one's song appears on the big screen with Clint Eastwood, that doesn't hurt either.)
I am in absolute agreement with almost the entire music consuming world that WEA / Warner / Rhino (the latter who was given license to release their catalogue) are being cheap and dragging their feet compared to every other US label (with the possible exception of Capitol Records who also has a tremendous problem putting their artists on CD's.) Eddie's discs would do just fine - there were so many hits from them, and there are so many of us out here - country and pop fans - who still remember the great music. This set is a nice start - and it is the first time I know of Eddie's version of "Kentucky Rain" on disc. Now if we could ever hear all the rest of the songs...
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