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Lynn Anderson: Greatest Hits

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1. If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)
2. Promises, Promises
3. No Another Time
4. Big Girls Don't Cry
5. Flattery Will Get You Everywhere
6. That's A No No
7. I've Been Everywhere
8. Rocky Top
9. Stay There 'Til I Get There
10. Rose Garden
11. You're My Man
12. How Can I Unlove You
13. Cry
14. Listen To A Country Song
15. Fool Me
16. Keep Me In Mind
17. Top Of The World
18. Sing About Love
19. Talkin' To The Wall
20. What A Man, My Man Is
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B0002LO7EW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on January 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Lynn Anderson's rich recording catalog has been neglected for most of the digital era. Thankfully, Collectors Choice Music has put together this 24-track Greatest Hits, the first cd to combine hits from her '60s Chart Records and '70s Columbia Records tenures.

Signing with Chart Records in 1966, Anderson was an immediate success thanks in large part to mom Liz's songwriting. These songs - like "If I Kiss You" and "Promises, Promises" - featured clever wordplay that played off her youthful exuberance. When Anderson left Chart, they continued to mine her old albums for singles, astutely selecting remakes of hits like "I've Been Everywhere" and "Rocky Top" which displayed Anderson at her most irresistibly chipper.

At Columbia, Joe South's compositions "Rose Garden," "Fool Me," and "How Can I Unlove You" provided Anderson with an early boost. Even more important was the writing and production involvement of husband Glenn Sutton, whom Anderson married just prior to joining Columbia. At Columbia, Sutton matched the brisk pace of Anderson's best Chart recordings with his narcissistic songwriting efforts "You're My Man" and "What A Man, My Man Is." He also encouraged Anderson to stretch stylistically, with the breezily seductive "Sing About Love" and a remake of Johnny Ray's "Cry" that showed she could effectively go from delicate to bombastic within the course of a song.

While a few key recordings are missing, such as her first hit "Ride, Ride, Ride," and the gorgeous Linda Hargrove ballad "I've Never Loved Anyone More," this collection easily rates as the best available Anderson retrospective. The track lineup:

1. Rose Garden

2. You're My Man

3. How Can I Unlove You

4. Keep Me In Mind

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wa-hoo! Although she was a mega-huge star in the early 1970s, when her version of Joe South's "Rose Garden" became one of the greatest countrypolitan hits ever, Lynn Anderson's legacy has been poorly served in recent years. Her last serious best-of sets were on the fly-by-night Renaissance label, and these flew quickly out of print. In particular, her dynamic early recordings for the independent Chart label -- the focus of one of the two Renaissance discs -- has faded from sight, remembered by only a few old fans. This new album is the actually first collection that gathers her Chart material with hits from her long run on Columbia Records, a long-overdue real career retrospective that highlights both her most upbeat and most ornate musical moments. "Rose Garden" is, of course, the apex -- (what an amazing pop song!!) -- but there are plenty of other nice oldies on here, including spunky numbers like "Stay There 'Til I Get There," "Talkin' To The Wall," "Flattery Will Get You Everywhere," "No Another Time" and "That's A No-No." Early on, she recorded a lot of songs written by her mother, Liz Anderson, and these are all lots of fun; later as the whole "countrypolitan" thing got a little too serious and stuffy, her endless stream of erotically-tinged, overly orchestrated love songs got to be kind of repetitive, and her chart hits dwindled. To their credit, the folks at Collector's Choice do a fine job balancing this material, giving a good picture of her commercial career while also packing in enough musical goodies to keep more traditionally-oriented country fans hooked as well. This is a must-have for serious students of country history.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
To many people, Lynn remains a one hit wonder, but while Rose garden was her only major pop hit in America, and her only hit of any kind in Britain. Lynn was a major country singer in the early to mid seventies, having many hits on the American country charts, including several number ones.

There were too many country hits to include them all here but most of the big ones are here, the most notable omission being I've never loved anyone more. Two of my personal favorites (Smile for me, Even cowgirls get the blues) are among the other omissions. A few of Lynn's earlier recordings from the sixties are included - these occupy tracks six to thirteen. The most important of these is Rocky Top, which was not a huge hit at the time but has nevertheless become a country standard.

Rose garden is typical of many of Lynn's hits, many of which were up-tempo foot-stomping songs, among them being Listen to a country song, Fool me, Top of the world, What a man my man is and Wrap your love all around your man. Of these, Top of the world is particularly interesting. The Carpenters had written and recorded it and included it on an album, but had no plans to release it as a single. So Lynn recorded it and had a huge country hit with it and also had a pop hit with it in Japan. At that point, the Carpenters got the message and released their version as a single.

Lynn has been poorly served by CD releases. This is the best available compilation of her music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RoseGarden on May 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I can feel a "soul to soul" connection when I listen to Lynn Anderson. I can literally feel her in the music...which is incredible. Lynn is the only artist that I can actually "feel her presence" in the music. I'm 21, and have been a fan of country music for a long time...Lynn was actually the first country singer I ever heard (and her album "Country Spotlight" was the first album I ever purchased). All of her songs sound great. Highly recommended CD. I have a lot of her records...which are totally awesome.
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