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  • Audio CD (September 6, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B005CGN1TE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2011 release, the 39th studio album from the King of Country Music. The Country Music Hall of Famer co-wrote seven of the album's 11 tracks with his son Bubba and legendary songwriter Dean Dillon. Strait co-produced the album with his long-time friend and legendary producer Tony Brown. It was recorded at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, FL - the same studio where Strait recorded his last three award-winning albums. The title track "Here For A Good Time," written by Strait, his son Bubba Strait and songwriter Dean Dillon, is Strait's 89th career single and his second highest debut in his storied career on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

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Simply one of the best songs on the CD.
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Can't wait to see George sing this one live in concert.
J D
He has the voice, a great band and great lyrics.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J D on September 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD
George is having fun.

You can tell it in his live performances, in the picture on the cover of this latest CD, and in the songs and lyrics on this CD. I think his style and his singing have improved (if that is possible) with the addition of his son Bubba (George Jr.) writing songs with him. George has always had a wicked dry sense of humor and always includes songs that are tongue-in-cheek, and this CD is no exception.

Love's Gonna Make It Alright - Classic up-tempo George Strait. Wouldn't be surprised if this song is released as a single.

Drinkin' Man - Slower song from the perspective of an alcoholic who wants to quit drinking but can't or won't, and the damage his drinking causes to his life and personal relationships.

Shame On Me - Mid-tempo song about a man who is repeatedly made a fool of by his love interest.

Poison - A slow, haunting song about a being in a bad situation or relationship but living with it regardless of how bad it gets.

Here For A Good Time - Great up-tempo song about living for the moment.

House Across The Bay - Song from the perspective of a man trying to get over a failed relationship.

Lone Star Blues - The funniest song on the CD. From the perspective of a man having a continuous streak of bad luck. Can't wait to see George sing this one live in concert.

A Showman's Life - Mid-tempo song about the down side of life on the road.

Three Nails And A Cross - Slower tempo song about finding forgiveness in life.

Blue Marlin Blues - Up-tempo song about a man having a run of bad luck when he goes fishing. Not the best song on the CD (in my opinion), but the ending is kind of funny.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andrew H. Lee on September 6, 2011
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George Strait has a smooth, classic country voice that never falters. Perhaps that is one reason why he holds the world record for the most number one hit singles - more than Elvis, The Beatles, Mariah Carey, more than anyone you can think of in any genre of music. Strait is often called "The King of Country Music" but perhaps he should be called The King of the Hit Single. The man has been churning out top shelf product for thirty years now - if you saw the last season of American Idol, this is the kind of iconic country superstar that little ol' Scotty McCreery could become if he plays his cards right...

So here comes a new album from the man who has made thirty-eight albums already - an average of more than one per year for the last thirty years (he is prolific like the country superstars of old). Son Bubba Strait comes along for the ride this time and for seven of the eleven tracks here he helps make sure that we're all "Here For A Good Time."

Summaries and descriptions of the album's content seem unnecessary at this point - there are other reviewers and there is Amazon's editorial content for that. The man's legendary reputation and a simple scan of the song titles here probably tell you what you need to know anyway. For my part I'd like to keep it simple and say here are three reasons to buy HERE FOR A GOOD TIME by George Strait:

1. You are a casual or a committed George Strait fan already - if you've liked anything about this legendary singer and his songs in the past then you are sure to find plenty to like here.

2. You enjoy classic and/or contemporary country music - Strait does both well and often he does both well at the same time.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 6, 2011
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Prime Cuts: House Across the Bay, A Showman's Life, I'll Always Remember You

"Here for a Good time" is a relative phrase. For a lesser artist to name an album "Here for a Good Time" might suggests a lame excuse for creating a soundtrack of mindless partying music. But not for this 59 year-old country megastar--on his 39th album, Strait shows us that having a good time means living a life reflected, treasured and lived to its full. Each of these 11 songs deftly expound on such a theme from various vantages and scenarios exploring its variegated emotional nuances. This is what makes "Here for a Good Time" one of Strait's most cohesive discs in years. Rather than offering a pieced together package of songs, each song tells stories of life and relationships palatable enough for us to soak our lives into. And such a unity comes about perhaps because 7 out of these 11 entries come from the pens of Strait, his son Bubba and old collaborator Dean Dillon. Again long time producer Tony Brown an Strait himself take on the reins continuing Strait's trademark style of neo-traditional country: country that is contemporary to be played on the radio yet still not divorced from its rustic roots of fiddles, steel, and piano.

Songs that do make the strongest impressions are the ballads. Unlike his last album "Twang," here the ballads are more reflective and sung with more emotional cadence. The best of them is the album closer "I'll Always Remember You"---almost like a swan song, here Strait does not want to take his fans for granted by offering a special "thank you" over a gorgeous piano-driven ballad that is enough to drive one over to tearsville. "A Showman's Life," a cover of Jesse Winchester's chestnut, is a brooding bluesy ballad about the trappings of a musician's life.
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