The Very Best Of John Michael Montgomery (US Release)

June 28, 2010 | Format: MP3

$12.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Release Date: June 28, 2010
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2005 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing
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  • Total Length: 1:15:14
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  • ASIN: B00123G6YI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,826 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is very similar to 1997's Greatest Hits but this includes more hits ranging also between 1998 and 2002.
Roy Levins
I would recommend this to anyone who loves country music and even to those who have never really listened to a great country artist.
Judith M. Hartman
I love the way you love me" started it all..his songs paint vivid pictures and take me back to my fun days in my 20's..
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on September 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The son of a Kentucky musician whose own Nashville dreams never came true, John Michael Montgomery kept a bit of his daddy's hometown grit, even as he put together an impressive string of Nashville-produced hit albums and singles. This generous compilation offers twenty tracks, and collects nearly every significant hit single that Montgomery's had in his twelve year recording career.
Montgomery's first hits, the ballads "Life's a Dance" and "I Love the Way You Love Me," had a middle-of-the-road sweetness that hit an emotional chord with both record buyers and award givers -- the second single was the ACM song-of-the-year for 1993. The love songs continued in 1994 with, "I Swear," as did the awards (ACM song-of-the-year and single-of-the-year). As with most of Montgomery's ballads, the country flavor is to be found almost entirely in his vocals. There's a hint of steel, but the drums-guitars-bass-keyboard backing could just as easily host a pop vocalist (in fact, the song was covered by the R&B group All-4-One and netted a grammy). It's the slight edge in Montgomery's voice, the phrasings, and the down-home sentimentality of the lyrics that brings his slow songs into the country arena.
Later in 1994 his singles began to capitalize on Montgomery's uptempo numbers, charting with the rowdy country-rocker "Be My Baby Tonight" and the mid-tempo "If You've Got Love." Both tracks kick up the twangy guitars and fiddle of a honky-tonk bred backing. His releases continued mix ballads and up-tempo tunes, including the lightning-quick auctioneer's cadence of "Sold (The Grundy Country Auction Incident)" and the contemplation of his father's death, "I Miss You a Little.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on September 11, 2003
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From his debut hit "Life's A Dance" in late 1992 through the rest of the '90s, John Michael Montgomery (with his easy going baritone) was one of country music's most reliable hitmakers. Over the past four years, however, he's had but one top ten hit, the chart topping heart tugger "The Little Girl." With his recent singles struggling, a hits collection was the logical choice for Montgomery's next release. A sequel to 1997's GREATEST HITS made the most sense, as Montgomery has ten top 20 hits not included on that first set. Instead, Warner Brothers went with this career encompassing VERY BEST OF that contains 11 of the 14 recordings already found on the strong selling GREATEST HITS.
Among the hits not included on either collection are the engaging "Ain't Got Nothin' On Us," "Love Working On You," and "Hello L.O.V.E." All are uptempo romps that would have contributed nicely to the ballad-heavy VERY BEST OF. The sequencing on VERY BEST OF distorts the musical nonbalance even more, with three fast tunes leading off, followed by a slew of slow stuff. The collection concludes with two new ballads: the paternal reflection "Cool" and the pledge of devotion "One Day Less." While pleasant, neither track seems likely to reverse Montgomery's recent chart struggles. Ultimately, while it contains more tracks and covers a longer period of Montgomery's recording career, this VERY BEST OF is not as enjoyable to listen to as his earlier GREATEST HITS.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Istre on October 30, 2003
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Next to George Strait, John Micheal Montgomery is my favorite country singer and I always look forward to when he releases a new cd. However, I wonder what he and/or his management were thinking when they decided on the songs for this cd.
This is nothing more than the "Greatest Hits" cd with a few different songs. In fact, 11 of the 20 songs on this cd were also on that cd despite the fact that he has cut four studio cds since then. I do see that "Long As I Live" is included on this collection but it should have been on the first one to begin with.
I know that JMM made his career out of singing those great country love songs however, he does have some great up-tempo songs as well. I noticed that many are missing not only from this cd but from "Greatest Hits" as well. Where is "Just Like A Rodeo", "A Few Cents Short", and "Love Working On You"? How about "Hello L-0-V-E", "That's What I Like About You" and "Four-Wheel Drive"?
Of course, I also notice several great love songs are missing as well that could have been on this cd. Songs such as "I Couldn't Dream", "Even Then", "Sinkin' In", and "Pictures". I think those songs as well as the ones I mentioned above would have been better for this cd.
As for the two new songs, I can take it or leave it with the walz-tempo tale song "Cool", it did not knock me over. However, "One Day Less" is yet another very strong JMM love song along the lines of "I Swear" and "I Love The Way You Love Me". I could see this one being played at weddings.
In summary, This is a great cd to pick up if you do not already own any of his prior cds. Otherwise, I would not bother with it.
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Many years ago while dating, I'd purchased a first CD changer stereo for my husband (who at that time had only a cassette player... am I giving away our ages or what?!) at Christmas, along with several CDs. Each year since (and married now for 14 years), I've expanded his collection by a dozen or so CDs, which has been fun since he has such a wide variety of tastes and looks forward to opening his new stash each year. Having decided that I'd be building up the "country segment" of the collection this year, I'd found myself wondering whatever happened to John Michael Montgomery? He was at the height of his popularity when I first "discovered" country music in the mid-90's, and could recall how he'd had some of the best "slow dancing" music, not to mention how proud I was when I'd memorized all of the words to the fast-paced "Sold!" It had been interesting to find out he'd started out singing with his brother (Eddie, who's part of the Montgomery Gentry duo) prior to striking out on his own in 1992.

I gravitate toward "greatest hits" CDs when I do my shopping, and was a bit sad to see that there were only a couple. This 2003 "Very Best of" was the latest, but as I compared the titles between this and his first "Greatest Hits" in 1997, all but one of his seven #1 hits were included on the first release ("The Little Girl", though it IS on this one along with the others.) That was okay... 10 of the remaining 13 songs had reached #2, #3 or #4, with an 11th in the Top 40 ("Til Nothing Comes Between Us" which peaked at #19), and I'd enjoyed all of them as well. The thing I don't understand is why in the world "Cowboy Love" (a #3 hit) and "I Miss You a Little" (a #4 hit) would not have been included, instead of the two previously unreleased singles ("Cool" and "One Day Less")...
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