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Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Retrospective of a Great Country Artist, October 15, 2007
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From his debut in 1996 with the gentle top ten hit "Her Man," through his highly personal 2005 masterpiece Tough All Over, raspy-voiced Gary Allan has steadily built a career that ranks him among the finest talents in modern country music. This Greatest Hits collects Allan's 13 most successful country chart entries from his first six albums and does a great job at highlighting why he is so special.

Amidst his trademark weepy guitars, Allan impishly looks forward to a night of passion ("Nothing On But The Radio"), eloquently reflects on lost love ("Best I Ever Had," "Life Ain't Always Beautiful"), extols the joys of fatherhood ("Tough Little Boys"), proclaims odes of devotion ("Right Where I Never To Be," "The One"), and oozes sexual bravado ("Man Of Me"). It's a nicely varied retrospective of familiar gems.

There are also two new tracks on this hits set. The rousing lead-off single "A Feelin' Like That" finds Allan searching the world for thrills that can't compare with a woman's love. Meanwhile, on "As The Crows Flies," Allan rocks harder than ever before as he candidly admits his infatuation with life on the run.

Allan's energetic rendition of Del Shannon's "Runaway" nipped the country charts due to listener requests and remains a huge favorite in concert. Its inclusion would have been strongly welcomed by longtime fans. Instead, you can find "Runaway" on Allan's breakthrough 1999 CD Smoke Rings In The Dark, a suggested follow-up purchase for Allan neophytes.


Greatest Hits - Something To Be Proud Of
Greatest Hits - Something To Be Proud Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hits By A Great Duo, September 7, 2007
Montgomery Gentry is a pairing that is greater than its individual parts. Eddie Montgomery's rough hewn baritone, for instance, lacks range, yet works well on spoken word verses and effectively counters Troy Gentry's bombastic, elastic tenor.

For the past seven years, Montgomery Gentry has been a country radio staple, but their biggest hits have tended to be hard hitting, country rock stompers like "Hillbilly Shoes," "She Couldn't Change Me," "Hell Yeah," and "Gone." This tendancy is reflected on this "best of", as only a few ballads are included in this thirteen-track lineup (omitted underacheiving slowpoke singles like "Self Made Man," "You Do Your Thing" and the gritty "Cold One Comin' On" would have provided some much appreciated balance).

For the fans who already own their previous albums, there's still plenty to entice here, however. A new track "She Don't Tell Me To" is currently zipping up the charts, while the heartwrenching "Didn't I" from the We Were Soldiers soundtrack finally appears on a Montgomery Gentry album, as does the humorous 2001 holiday single "Merry Christmas From The Family" which concludes this set.

Overall, Something To Be Proud Of is an energetic, engaging collection of hits. Its contents were custom made for blasting in the car.


16 Biggest Hits
16 Biggest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Diamond Rio Retrospective On The Market, September 4, 2007
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Diamond Rio had a successful 16-year (1990-2006) stint on the Arista Nashville label. Perhaps most impressively, this six-member band (Marty Roe, Gene Johnson, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Dan Truman, and Dana Williams) maintained the same lineup throughout this run. Diamond Rio emerged from its bluegrass roots to the elite level in country by combining strong musicianship with tight harmonies. They also possess, in lead singer Marty Roe, a distinctive tenor of exceptional power and conviction.

The group put out two Greatest Hits retrospectives over the years, but this collection is the best cd of the group's highlights, including three top ten hits ("Nowhere Bound," "Oh Me, Oh My, Sweet Baby," "This Romeo Ain't Got Julie Yet") left off those prior sets. The tunes found here showcase the group's astounding diversity, with upbeat honkytonkers such as "Meet In The Middle" and "Mirror Mirror," heart tugging ballads like "In A Week Or Two" and "You're Gone," smile enducers "Norma Jean Riley," and "Unbelievable," plus gospel-fused spinetinglers "One More Day" and "I Believe." Collectively, they provide a rural rollercoaster of emotions.

16 Biggest Hits is a great introduction to the musical brilliance of Diamond Rio. Hopefully, they will continue to make quality music for Word Records, their new label as of August 30.


Super Hits
Super Hits
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Collection of interim period of Gayle's successful recording career, September 3, 2007
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In between Crystal Gayle's successful and lengthy tenures at United Artists (1974-79) and Warner Brother/Elektra (1982-88) came a three album stint with Columbia: 1979's Miss The Mississippi, 1980's These Days, and 1981's Hollywood, Tennessee. This ten track best of - comprised of her singles - is all that remains in print from that period. It captures Crystal in her purest pop phase. The uptempo "Half The Way," "It's LIke We Never Said Goodbye," and "Too Many Lovers" are among the most infectious songs in her catalog while the ballads "If You Never Change Your Mind," "You Never Gave Up On Me," and "The Woman In Me" are among the most poignant. While it is easy to find fault with this cd's length (only ten tracks) and its depth ("Blue Side" and "Keepin' Power" wouldn't merit a place among her all-time best) it is an essential purchase for Gayle enthusiasts.


The Definitive Collection
The Definitive Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Includes all of Chely's non-duet singles, July 14, 2007
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Chely Wright is one of the most underappreciated country artists ever. Possessing very strong pipes (sort of a country Pat Benatar) and a lot of personality, she has undeservedly never risen above the second tier of country artists.

This collection captures all of the singles she charted between 1994 and 2005 as a solo artist (the omitted tracks were the "Hard To Be A Husband, Hard To Be A Wife" collaboration with Brad Paisley from 2000 and the 2003 "Scary Old World" pairing with Radney Foster). Chely's first two albums WOMAN IN THE MOON in 1994 and RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT in 1996 were for Mercury subsidiary Polydor and - as shown on the enclosed singles "Till I Was Loved By You," "Sea of Cowboy Hats" and "Listenin' To The Radio" - their music was high octane honky-tonk, with lots of fiddles and steel guitars.

While fun, none of her Polydor singles reached the country top 40. The albums also sold poorly, so she moved to MCA Records in 1997 to work with producer/label President Tony Brown. The first couple of MCA singles "Shut Up And Drive" and "I Already Do" from the LET ME IN cd cut back on the instrumentation, allowing Chely's stellar voice to shine amid the sparse settings (they also finally brought her some top 20 success at radio). The follow-up cd, 1999's SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, was Chely's true commercial breakthrough, spawning the catchy number one title track and the midtempo top-tenner "It Was."

Those gems found Chely's music going in a more pop-oriented direction, an approach that was even more pronounced on 2001's NEVER LOVE YOU ENOUGH. It's two singles - the lush yet torchy title track and the rip-roaring "Jezebel" - surrounded Chely with loads of orchestration but stalled outside the top 20. This setback was surprising, since Martina McBride has been a staple in the country top 10 with loads of power ballads like the former and Terri Clark had been quite successful at the time with footstompers like the latter.

After the chart underperformance of those two engaging singles, Chely Wright and MCA parted company. She signed with Jeff Huskins' Vivaton label in 2003 and released the top 40 "Back Of The Bottom Drawer" to radio the following year. A disagreement over the direction of her music caused Wright to leave Vivaton and she ended up putting out the single on 2005's The METROPOLITAN HOTEL album which was released on her own label Painted Red, along with the touching hit follow-up "The Bumper Of My SUV, a Wright composition based on a true story. These two singles were licensed from Chely.

Hopefully, there will be more hits in Chely Wright's future. She is an extremely gifted singer and songwriter.


The Dells: Live from New York City
The Dells: Live from New York City
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Pleasing After All These Years, July 2, 2007
The Dells have been singing together for 55 years (the last 47 years with the same members) and they still sound great! Lead singer Marvin Junior's whiskey soaked pipes continue to captivate while the rest of the group (Verne Allison, Chuck Barksdale, Johnnie Carter and Michael McGill) show the youngsters what real harmonizing is.

This entertaining dvd includes such Dells classics as There Is, The Love We Had Stays on My Mind, Oh What a Night, Always Together, Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation, A Heart Is a House for Love, and Stay in My Corner.
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Motown Sings Motown [2 CD]
Motown Sings Motown [2 CD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great remakes of Motown Hits by other Motown artists, June 21, 2007
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Motown was famous for recording cover versions of their own hits so that their publishing company Jobete would generate even more revenue. This collection features in-house cover versions that were left in the vaults. Most are extremely enjoyable (my favorite is the '70s Supremes' take on the Temptations' hit "All I Need"), with some even using the save instrumental backings as the original hit versions. A few of these tracks have now been released in the UK (the Velvelettes tracks for instance, on their Anthology), but the vast majority remain unavailable elsewhere, making this a must own for fans of Motown music.

Disc 1:
1. Money (That's What I Want) - Hattie Littles
2. Forever - Martha & The Vandellas
3. (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need - Eddie Holland
4. Contract On Love - Martha & The Vandellas
5. In My Lonely Room - The Supremes
6. Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) - Kim Weston
7. What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One - The Temptations
8. Ask The Lonely - Tommy Good
9. Ask Any Man - Tony Martin
10. Stop! In The Name Of Love - Kim Weston
11. Come And Get These Memories - Kim Weston
12. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (Smile) - The Isley Brothers
13. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Jimmy Ruffin
14. Everybody Needs Love - The Velvelettes
15. My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down) - The Temptations
16. Can I Get A Witness - The Supremes
17. Uptight (Everything's Alright) - The Supremes
18. Come See About Me - The Originals
19. I Hear A Symphony - Stevie Wonder
20. The Tracks Of My Tears - Martha & The Vandellas
21. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Isley Brothers
22. My Girl - Marvin Gaye
23. Truly Yours - The Temptations
Disc 2:
1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
2. Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By - Gladys Knight & The Pips
3. Truly Yours - Ivy Jo Hunter
4. Old Love (Let's Try It Again) - Four Tops
5. The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Underdogs
6. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted - The Contours
7. (We've Got) Honey Love - The Velvelettes
8. Ain't That Peculiar - Dennis Edwards
9. You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin' - The Marvelettes
10. The Girl's Alright With Me - The Spinners
11. OOO Baby Baby - Brenda Holloway
12. Baby I'm For Real (The Bells) - Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
13. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game - Blinky
14. Shop Around - The Spinners
15. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) - Chuck Jackson
16. You've Really Got A Hold On Me - Jackson 5
17. If This World Were Mine - Fantastic Four
18. I Want You Back - David Ruffin
19. Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life) - David Ruffin & Bobby Taylor
20. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever - Ivy Jo Hunter
21. All I Need - The Supremes ('70s)
22. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Gladys Knight & The Pips


Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction To A Great Artist, March 20, 2007
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From his debut in 1996 with the gentle top ten hit "Her Man," through his highly personal 2005 masterpiece Tough All Over, raspy-voiced Gary Allan has steadily built a career that ranks him among the finest talents in modern country music. This Greatest Hits collects Allan's 13 most successful country chart entries from his first six albums and does a great job at highlighting why he is so special.

Amidst his trademark weepy guitars, Allan impishly looks forward to a night of passion ("Nothing On But The Radio"), eloquently reflects on lost love ("Best I Ever Had," "Life Ain't Always Beautiful"), extols the joys of fatherhood ("Tough Little Boys"), proclaims odes of devotion ("Right Where I Never To Be," "The One"), and oozes sexual bravado ("Man Of Me"). It's a nicely varied retrospective of familiar gems.

There are also two new tracks on this hits set. The rousing lead-off single "A Feelin' Like That" finds Allan searching the world for thrills that can't compare with a woman's love. Meanwhile, on "As The Crows Flies," Allan rocks harder than ever before as he candidly admits his infatuation with life on the run.

Allan's energetic rendition of Del Shannon's "Runaway" nipped the country charts due to listener requests and remains a huge favorite in concert. Its inclusion would have been strongly welcomed by longtime fans. Instead, you can find "Runaway" on Allan's breakthrough 1999 CD Smoke Rings In The Dark, a suggested follow-up purchase for Allan neophytes.


Hello Stranger / Workin' On A Groovy Thing
Hello Stranger / Workin' On A Groovy Thing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contains Barbara's first and last albums for Atlantic in their entirety, February 16, 2007
Collectables has rounded up the first and last Atlantic albums of the smooth and soulful songstress Barbara Lewis. This two-fer offers the first straight reissues of her Atlantic albums in CD format.

Hello Stranger (1963) consists solely of Lewis' own compositions. There's lots of organ accompaniment to be found here, as well as lush background harmonies courtesy of The Dells. The gems include her debut single "My Heart Went Do Dat Da," the Shirelles' knock off "My Mamma Told Me," and the minor hit "Puppy Love," but the crown jewel of course is the sumptuous title track (top 3 pop, #1 r&b). A charming sense of innocence permeates throughout (appropriately so, as Lewis was a teenager when she wrote these songs).

Far more sophisticated and musically varied is Lewis' Workin' On A Groovy Thing (1968). Comprised primarily of her final Atlantic singles (including the chart favorites "Make Me Your Baby" and "Make Me Belong To You") plus superb remakes like the title track (a hit for Patti Drew and, later, The 5th Dimension), and Deon Jackson's "Love Makes The World Go Round," Workin' On A Groovy Thing reveals that Lewis' voice had grown significantly in confidence and style since her initial recordings.

Twelve of the twenty-four tracks found on this two-fer are also available on Rhino's definitive Hello Stranger: The Best Of Barbara Lewis. Perhaps that makes it seem less than essential to non-Lewis diehards, but everything found here is truly first-rate. Hopefully, Collectables will offer another two-fer in the near future that includes It's Magic: Lewis' excellent album of standards.
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Gold [2 CD]
Gold [2 CD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best, most extensive Mavericks collection available, September 10, 2006
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Though not a frequent visitor to the upper levels of the country charts, The Mavericks - with their unique Tex-Mex/latin tinged/roots rockin' sound - made some of the best music to come out of Nashville during the 90's. For many, Raul Malo IS The Mavericks and indeed, Malo wrote most of their recordings while his magnificent vocals - equals parts Orbison and Yoakam - hauntingly take center stage. Not to be ignored in The Mavericks mix, however, is the solid rhythmic foundation provided by bassist Robert Reynolds and drummer Paul Deakin.

The Mavericks' output for MCA/Mercury from 1992-99 consisted of merely four studio albums, a hits set with four new recordings, and a handful of side projects. Such was the quality of their music that even 2004's 20-track Definitive Collection group didn't come close to painting an accurate picture of the group's diversity. That has been rectified with this new two-disc, 41 track retrospective.

Disc one contains a hefty seven tracks from their first three albums: From Hell To Paradise (1992), What A Crying Shame (1994), and Music For All Occasions (1995). The second disc is where things get interesting, with a soundtrack offering ("Blue Moon" from Apollo 13), non-album singles ("I Don't Care," "She Does"), four tracks from international versions of their albums (including a shuffling rendition of the Peter & Gordon hit "A World Without Love"), two live recordings, and a contribution to a Gram Parsons tribute project ("Hot Burrito #1), in addition to seven tracks from Trampoline (1998) and the three tracks from their 1999 hits collection.

The omission of the Beatlesque "Things I Cannot Change" (from Super Colossal Smash Hits Of The 90's) and the collaboration with Trisha Yearwood on the Sinatras' camp classic "Somethin' Stupid" (from Music For All Occasions) keeps Gold from being my "ultimate" Mavericks set. But I'm picky. Gold is a great introduction/summation for Mavericks' neophytes and contains enough fine rarities to entice the devoted fan.


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