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The Best Of Collin Raye: Direct Hits [ECD] Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (August 26, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: August 26, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002BS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm not the biggest country music fan, but I've always appreciated the vocal talents of Collin Raye. He has the most honest, yearning, tenor voice that is suited for ballad singing, and yet he can cut loose with the best of them on up-tempo numbers like "That's My Story" and "Little Red Rodeo".
The ballads, particularly "Little Rock", "Love, Me", "In This Life", "Not That Different", and "One Boy, One Girl", are where Mr. Raye shines. It's also fun to hear his version of the pop hit, "Open Arms".
This album will appeal to anyone who appreciates genuine vocal talent, meaningful lyrics,and soaring melodies.
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The music in my world mostly revolves around hip-hop, R&B, and Jazz. I went through my little "punk-rock" phase in the '80s but country I shunned like the dickens, being way "too cool" for that.
A friend of mine gave me a ride home from work about ten years or so ago and the song "Love,Me" came on. Poor thing, she was being kind of enough to give me a ride home, she didn't expect to have to pull over and find tissues.
I'd been a closet country listner ever since. It's one of those things I hide from all of my friends (it's a country thing and they wouldn't understand). But this cd is going to get played over and over and over again in my car, and I don't care who hears it. I'll just have to make sure I have plenty of tissues again when "Love,Me" comes on.
If you see the black girl in hip hop gear with braids bobbing her head to Collin Raye, say a how-do, because you'll know it's me.
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There are several compilations of Collin's music to choose from but I believe this was the first. It contains ten tracks drawn from his first four albums together with four bonus tracks recorded specially for inclusion in the set. Collin had over twenty top ten country hits during his time recording for Epic. I don't think there is any compilation yet available that includes them all but this one provides a wonderful introduction to his music.

Only one track (Love, me) is taken from Collin's debut album (All I can be) while just two (In this life, That was a river) are from the follow-up (In this life). Four tracks (That's my story, My kind of girl, Little Rock, If I were you) come from Collin's third album (Extremes) and three tracks (I think about you, Not that different, One boy one girl) are taken from the fourth and most recent album represented here (I think about you). It is worth noting that Collin recorded two completely different songs titled If I were you - the other one can be found on his debut album.

The outstanding song here is I think about you - not a love song as the title might suggest, but an ode to Collin's eight-year-old daughter in which he wonders how her life might develop. Collin ponders various situations from celebrity status to being a victim of domestic violence and sings that whenever he sees a woman, he thinks of his daughter. It is a very touching, thought-provoking song. The set opens with Little Rock, a song about attempting to recover from alcoholism. Collin gets a bit rowdy on a couple of songs (That's my story, My kind of girl) but mainly sticks to the ballads that suit him best. Elsewhere, the album is filled with romantic love songs, which Collin excels at.
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Why isn't this man a super super-star? Not country looking enough? Whatever it is, this guy shines above the rest. Most of his hits are on this album and unlike some singers who span many years before a greatest hits package is released, the quality is good throughout.
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I have this CD and have listened to it several times. I like all of the songs on it. Looking forward to Collin's new CD being released. Keep up the good work, Collin!
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The choices and sequence of the selections could not have been organized better. The breadth of the lyric's stories and underlying innocence; the pureness of Collin's voice; how the melodies compliment the artist's talents makes the collection hard to stop listening to over and over and over again. If you're stressed from a hard day, just turn this one on and you will be placed in a mood you couldn't have reached otherwise!
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Whether it is values, love, or heartache that Collin Raye is singing of he always shares a message. With a variety of styles from the upbeat to the soft and romantic, Collin can touch your heart or liven your day. This collection has a little of everything. Even my husband enjoyed it!
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I chose this particular CD of Collin Raye, mainly because of one song on it, whcih was "Little Red Rodeo." Places like Walmart, pawn shops, and music stores had Collin Raye CDs but I couldn't find one with "Little Red Rodeo" but now I have it, thanks to you Amazon. Of course, some of the other songs on this album are good too.
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