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72 tracks compiled and annotated by George himself, including every one of his 30 #1 hits plus 11 more chart singles, 19 LP tracks and 11 rarities, plus some unreleased tracks, like his duet with Frank Sinatra on Fly Me to the Moon ! These songs ruled '80s and '90s country radio: George's #1 hit version of Bob Wills' Right or Wrong; Love Without End, Amen; I've Come to Expect It from You; All My Ex's Live in Texas; Am I Blue; Ace in the Hole; The Chair; If I Know Me , and more.

When the hits come as effortlessly as they do to Strait, it's easy for an artist to lose interest. The man who ushered in country's hat-act era has spent a career bouncing from lifeless and fluffy to hard and soulful. This four-CD box tells the story from 1976 (when he cut the first of three singles for Houston indie D Records) through 1995. At his best--"Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind," for example--he defines the modern heart song, but lightweight stuff such as "Hollywood Squares" won't win him new converts. --John Morthland

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  1. I Just Can't Go On Dying Like This 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. (That Don't Change) The Way I Feel About You 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. I Don't Want To Talk It Over Anymore 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
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14. Amarillo By Morning 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  5. The Fireman 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. The Chair 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  9. In Too Deep 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. It Ain't Cool To Be Crazy About You 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
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14. Rhythm Of The Road 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Six Pack To Go [feat. Hank Thompson] 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
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17. Am I Blue 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  5. Hollywood Squares 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. What's Going On In Your World 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  8. Love Without End, Amen 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
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14. Lovesick Blues 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
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18. Trains Make Me Lonesome 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  2. I Cross My Heart (Pure Country/Soundtrack Version) 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Heartland (Pure Country/Soundtrack Version) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. When Did You Stop Loving Me (Pure Country/Soundtrack Version) 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Overnight Male (Pure Country/Soundtrack Version) 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. The King Of Broken Hearts (Pure Country/Soundtrack Version) 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Where The Sidewalk Ends (Pure Country/Soundtrack Version) 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Easy Come, Easy Go 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. I'd Like To Have That One Back 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. The Love Bug 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. The Man In Love With You 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Just Look At Me 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Stay Out Of My Arms 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Big Ball's In Cowtown (Album Version) [feat. Asleep At The Wheel] 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. The Big One 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Fly Me To The Moon [feat. Frank Sinatra] 2:10Album Only
17. Check Yes Or No 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. I Know She Still Loves Me 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: September 12, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002OWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on August 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Few mainstream artists can honestly say that every album or song they have cranked out truly represents them. George Strait can. This boxed set is what all other boxed sets should be measured by: top-notch hits, sentimental favorites, and songs from throughout a career. This set is the perfect introduction to Mr. Strait for anyone who wants to learn more about him. The liner notes alone are worth the cost. Strait gives personal commentary on each song and why it was put in the set. He tells you his likes and dislikes, as well as reasons why he prefers to sing songs written by others and not himself. You'll find out that "Marina Del Rey" has something in it that doesn't sit quite right with Strait.
Disc-wise, all four have something on them that is sure to please. Big hits are included as well as a few early tunes written by Strait. I could go into detail about the songs, but all I really need to say is that every song in this set belongs for a reason.
Strait's sound never really strays too far from formula, and that's special, because most artists today come out with one or two solid efforts that don't really catch on with the mainstream crowd and either they or the record company changes them into some silly wannabe pop act or something along those lines. The only time Strait really changed was for the "Pure Country" soundtrack, but even songs like "Heartland" fit Strait's persona. That album also gave us a real gem in the song "Overnight Male." That song single-handedly woke up a bland pop-country audience and introduced them to some old-time, dirty country that seems to be lost today.
Granted, some people may say that Strait made a few gimmicky songs that helped push his career along, but all of these songs have their place in the Strait catalogue.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on February 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
George Strait's influence on modern country music is immense: all you have to do is turn on your local country station and you'll hear some of his countless clones twanging out a tune. Thankfully, Strait didn't follow the pack when he emerged as a hitmaker back in 1981 with the honkytonker "Unwound." Country radio at that time was dominated by the slick pop sounds of Kenny Rogers and Babs Mandrell and the Urban Country crowd. Instead, Strait (along with Ricky Skaggs) returned country to its roots and built upon them on his own terms (as STRAIT OUT OF THE BOX amply attests).
All of Strait's MCA singles through 1994 are included on this four-disc box set except for the "Unwound" imitation "Down And Out" and the dreary "Overnight Success" (smart omissions by the compiler Strait). Yet they make up only forty-two of the seventy-two tracks found on this set. It's those remaining thirty tracks of various origins which make this collection worthwhile for Strait fans who already own the hits.
The set opens with three rare singles that Strait recorded between 1976 and 1979 for the Texas-based D Records. The first two sound like they were cut in too high a key and the only noteworthy thing about any of them is that they were written by Strait (except for a holiday tune, he has contributed no songs to his many MCA albums). Also found on disc one are three previously unreleased recordings that Strait made for MCA between 1982 and 1983. All are good, particularly the lovely and simple "Any Old Love Will Do."
The big finds on the remaining three discs are Strait's collaborations with other artists.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2001
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I can thank my father for my love of country music. I was brought up listening to everything from Patsy Cline to Merle Haggard to Conway Twitty. Out of all the music I was reared up on, I heard more George Strait that anyone else. My father, knowing a good thing when he heard it, had every George Strait album and tape released. I knew the words to "The Fireman" before I could count to 100 and can clearly remember dancing to "I Cross My Heart" at prom. George Strait, in one way or another, has been a constant throughout my life, as well as every other country fan. That's why the man's a legend and why his popularity seems to grow with each passing year. In a world where traditional country music is shunned, it's refreshing to know that George has remained as popular now as he did 20 years ago.
"Strait Out of the Box [BOX SET]" is THE George Strait album every fan should own. It's got everything from "The Fireman" to "Check Yes or No" as well as some singles that the average fan has probably never heard of. All of his hits, from the late 1970's up to 1995, are packed into this 4-CD box set. The songs are convienantely listed from earliest to latest, each cd representing a certain period in George's legendary career. All of my personal favorites: "Amarillo By Morning", "If I Know Me", "The Cowboy Rides Away", "Nobody In His Right Mind..", and "Easy Come, Easy Go" are all included as well as a whole bunch of others that I could take all day listing. This is not one of those box sets where you go "Hey! Why's that song not on here?". This box set has every classic Strait song you can think of and more.
In short, if you like George Strait and you like country, you MUST own this box set!
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