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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 16, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002O3L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
George's maturation as a singer paid off with this rock solid offering. A great mix of western swing, ballads, and uptempo rockers was attained.
Two of George's most popular songs, All My Ex's and Ocean Front Property, are the main attractions. Both are admittedly a little silly and not very deep, but make up for it by being simply a pleasure to listen to and sing along with. They have since become two of the hallmark songs of 80's country music. Am I Blue is a great swing number with a nice fiddle work.
The best nonsingles are two rockers, Burning Flames and My Heart Won't Wander. Clever phrasing and infectious beats carry the listener along. My Heart boasts many classic lines, such as: "Fix me grapes and rib-eye gravy", "Scratch my back right where it itches", and "Straighten out my fish and tackle." Without You Here illustrates nicely the idea of homesickness, and You Can't Buy Your Way is heavily drenched in old-time honky tonk. The weakest of this set of strong songs, I'm All Behind, is still above average.
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The songs that George sang on this album really go with the title and theme of the album no song is out of place. This triple platinum classic has got to be one of his best. Of course maybe some of these songs really do not have alot of emotion to them and really do not send a message but they are still some of his best. Like on many of his albums there are always many songs with radio potential and especially on this one you get that only 3 singles were pulled from this record. Of course everyone who listens to country has heard All my ex's live in texas, Am I Blue, and Ocean Front Property because you can hear those any old day but then you have this whole other array of songs that never made it on country radio and they are really good like Hot Burning Flames and My heart won't wander very far from you look like good singles. If you enjoy George Strait's music like many then you'll most likely love Ocean Front Property, it did not debut at #1 on the Billboard charts in 1987 for nothing.
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Format: Audio CD
Thanks George for the break from the way country has changed in the 90s. Excellent vocals! I love these songs! Go back to this sort of things!
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I have to confess that it's been quite a while since I've listened to country music. I came across this album while converting my cassette tapes to digital to preserve what hadn't deteriated. This album is one of George's better ones. I quite listening to his music when he came out with that stupid fireman song (yeah, I know it was a popular song but I didn't like it. It wasn't country music to me). This album has a good mix of swing and slow. If you're a George Strait fan, this is a must have. However, I feel that the album Strait From The Heart is a much better album.
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OCEAN FRONT PROPERTY was the first album on which George Strait used his stage show backing band, Ace in the Hole. They played on all three of the album's singles: the terrific title song, as well as "All My Ex's Live in Texas" and "Am I Blue". There's a subtle, but distinct, looseness to the instrumentation on those three cuts that befits those tracks - particularly "Am I Blue", which could have fallen flat as too straightforward a song, but in the hands of Ace in the Hole becomes a delightful little romp.

The other seven album tracks sound great, too, sustaining the livelier aesthetic established on the Ace in the Hole cuts. This album really breathes, with Strait shifting effortlessly from two-steppers to ballads, and from whimsy to heartbreak. One thing that's interesting, particularly to reflect on all these years later, is the presence of lyrics that reflect a certain upper-middle class socioeconomic position. For instance, "Someone's Walking Around Upstairs" references a home with two levels, because the master bedroom where the narrator's ex now shares with someone new is upstairs. "You Can't Buy Your Way out of the Blues" is all about how all the luxurious self-indulgences in the world won't heal a heartache. "Without You Here" is about a woman who is miserable on her "two week Caribbean cruise" because she misses her husband of twenty years. Even the title track, playful though it is, is built on the fanciful notion of selling ocean front property in Arizona (and throwing in the Golden Gate Bridge free) to a woman who believes the narrator doesn't love her and wouldn't miss her.
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This is the earlier (but good) George Strait - a must for any collection, as it sets the tone for the great things to come from a singer who has done much for the industry and country music fans.
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While he's released stronger albums, "Ocean Front Property" remains one of George Strait's most popular releases. Western swing, bar stool blues, and tongue-in-cheek 80's country are evenly spread on this album. Anybody who's ever turned a radio dial to a Country station knows at least two of the songs on this album, those being the title track and "All My Ex's Live In Texas." Another strong single is the swing-drenched "Am I Blue." While all three of these songs were legitimate hits, the rest of the album is just as worthy. Highlights include the beer-friendly "Someone's Walkin' Around Upstairs" and the tropic-tinged "Without You Here." Another excellent tune is "Hot Burning Flames."

For casual fans of Strait, this is one of his best albums as a whole. There's absolutely no filler on this disc and you can't go wrong purchasing it. Dedicated fans already have this album, so there's no need to recommend it to them. If you only know Strait from his later work, I highly suggest you check out this early entry from the modern king of neo-traditional country. I wish there were more like him out there.
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