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The Essential

Dixie ChicksAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B003YCRYZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the release of The Essential Dixie Chicks, the career-spanning collection of chart-topping hits, classic tracks and personal favorites selected by the all-time top-selling female group. The Dixie Chicks are one of a handful of acts with multiple albums achieving “Diamond” sales status - both Wide Open Spaces (1998) and Fly (1999) hit that stratospheric landmark - and have won seven Grammy® awards. Their on-stage reputation has helped them sell over $100 million worth of concert tickets and sold out shows worldwide, and outspoken songs like “Goodbye, Earl” made it clear that this power trio played by nobody’s rules. This Essential 2-CD set includes all their biggest hits, including “Ready To Run,” “Not Ready To Make Nice” and “Landslide” and is a perfect representation of their career…so far.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look back at a really great band October 25, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Dixie Chicks
"The Essential Dixie Chicks"
(Sony Legacy, 2010)
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While the single-disc "Playlist" set which came out earlier this year is a good option for music fans on tight budgets, this 2-CD collection is a real, true, proper best-of retrospective. Like "Playlist," it's a straight-up reissue set, with tracks taken off the band's studio albums, and it doesn't offer any rarities, outtakes or live tracks. (Also, their earlier indie albums still seem lost in limbo: it would be nice to have a box set that integrates that material as well, at some point...) But if you are looking for a strong overview of their big hits (and many of their best album cuts) this gives a lot of bang for your buck. Highly recommended! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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After the June release of the twelve-track Playlist collection, fans were left wondering if a more complete Dixie Chicks anthology would be issued. That question is answered in the affirmative with this thirty-track 2-CD set that includes all six of the group's Country chart toppers, and fourteen (of seventeen) top-ten hits spanning all four of their studio albums on Sony imprints. That's nine years compressed into two hours over which the trio proves themselves consistently original interpreters of unerringly picked material, occasional contributors of original songs, and by the time of Taking the Long Way, writers with their own voice. The group's sound has often been imitated, but none of their followers have balanced the vocal blend, material, instrumental chops and attitude that makes this group one-of-a-kind.

Earlier female acts like Shania Twain tilted the Nashville axis towards pop, but the Dixie Chicks re-energized the Country empowerment handed down by Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn. The trio wasn't shy of being feminine, but they always led with their music. They didn't smooth out their twang, instead highlighting their fiddle and banjo, and arraying their voices in three-party harmonies. Better yet, the more famous they became, the more they indulged their Texas roots. Rather than taking every crossover opportunity, they let the quality of their music draw more people into the tent. Their songs were liberated, bawdy, touching, emotionally complex and down-to-Earth, paralleling the tumult in their marriages and the growth they experienced as they ascended, sometimes against resistance, to stardom.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar collection November 19, 2010
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I have long been a big fan of the Dixie Chicks. There isn't a song on any of their albums that I have not heard many times. Not a single song I wouldn't listen to again at the drop of a hat... In fact, you don't even need to drop the hat. These three women are possessed of beautiful voices, and they know how to harmonize them to produce the most wonderful results. Natalie Maines' strong lead voice sells each song, projects each message, each story. The tremendous, versatile musical talent and skill demonstrated by Martie Maguire Emily Robison combine with the lead singer to produce a body of work that is variably inspiring, touching, funny, sad, and in in its totality, sheer genius. It is not at all hard to see how this great trio has sold such vast numbers of albums, one so very many awards, and enjoyed tremendous concert success.

The album set includes an all too small selection from "Taking the Long Way," which is (sadly) the only new so we have seen from the trio since the well-known incident in London when Natalie foolishly spoke her mind. The shameful and un-American response to this by much of Country music, a substantial portion of Country radio, and various Conservative commentators has damaged immeasurably these three women being punished for speaking their minds. It seems there are some people who will eagerly support free speech, as long as the free speech agrees with them. Oh, sure, the other side of the political spectrum also speaks out loudly against public figures saying things they don't like. But that side has never perpetrated the kind of concerted and conspiratorial attacks... personal, physical, professional... that we have seen unleashed against the Dixie Chicks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After the June release of the twelve-track Playlist collection, fans were left wondering if a more complete Dixie Chicks anthology would be issued. That question is answered in the affirmative with this thirty-track 2-CD set that includes all six of the group's Country chart toppers, and fourteen (of seventeen) top-ten hits spanning all four of their studio albums on Sony imprints. That's nine years compressed into two hours over which the trio proves themselves consistently original interpreters of unerringly picked material, occasional contributors of original songs, and by the time of Taking the Long Way, writers with their own voice. The group's sound has often been imitated, but none of their followers have balanced the vocal blend, material, instrumental chops and attitude that makes this group one-of-a-kind.

Earlier female acts like Shania Twain tilted the Nashville axis towards pop, but the Dixie Chicks re-energized the Country empowerment handed down by Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn. The trio wasn't shy of being feminine, but they always led with their music. They didn't smooth out their twang, instead highlighting their fiddle and banjo, and arraying their voices in three-party harmonies. Better yet, the more famous they became, the more they indulged their Texas roots. Rather than taking every crossover opportunity, they let the quality of their music draw more people into the tent. Their songs were liberated, bawdy, touching, emotionally complex and down-to-Earth, paralleling the tumult in their marriages and the growth they experienced as they ascended, sometimes against resistance, to stardom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential
Good variety of songs
Published 1 day ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars I still love their music
So life turned out for them in the US the way it did. I still love their music!
Published 27 days ago by J. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music by great women!
Love the harmonizing and plain power of their music! Wish I would have purchased this long ago, really a great CD.
Published 1 month ago by Judith Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old tunes
If you liked them, you will love this compilation. There are all the old favorites here and I sure miss them not producing any more albums as a group.
Published 1 month ago by J. Fank
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for me-
I wasn't a fan back when the Chicks were on top and I don't normally listen to country. I bought this because I loved a couple of songs included. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M.A.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicks Rule!
You can argue about their politics till the cows come home, but you cannot deny these are some of the most talented ladies that have ever recorded music. This album is perfect!
Published 6 months ago by lonebrat in Seattle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Has most of the best songs...good for a Dixie Chicks fan! Good quality. Get as a gift or for yourself!
Published 6 months ago by lucyinthesky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of their music
I really enjoy the Dixie Chicks. They have an edgy message combined with great music and excellent vocals. I am not usually a country fan, but they have a great cross-over vibe.
Published 7 months ago by Anonymous Geek
4.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy
I am full of admiration for these women, who stood up at a time when few in their part of the U.S. did, and said what needed to be said. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album!
I was so impressed with the talented vocals and lyrics on the songs on this album. Very relaxing music to listen to while at work.
Published 10 months ago by Cora Mae Mclaughlin
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When it comes to the label releasing something in the vein of "Essential" or "Playlist," the artists usually have no input. It's almost always because the label wants to cash in on a known act that isn't coming out with new music or hasn't had a mainstream hit in quite a while... Read More
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