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24 tracks from the group that brought country gospel to the top of the charts in the '70s, all Top Ten hits including 14 #1 hits! Includes I'll Be True to You; Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight; Trying to Love Two Women; Elvira; Fancy Free; Bobbie Sue; American Made; Love Song; I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes; Everyday; Make My Life with You; Little Things; Touch a Hand, Make a Friend, and more!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 2006)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • ASIN: B000FBFT3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Robert Benson on August 20, 2006
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This is a great collection of Oak Ridge Boys music. It chronologically covers the Oaks biggest hits from their first country single, "Y'all Come Back Saloon," in 1977, up to "This Crazy Love" from the Where The Fast Lane Ends album in 1987. The only two songs omitted from this CD that I felt should have been included are "Dream On", which appeared on the first Greatest Hits album, and "Ozark Mountain Jubilee" which appeared on the second. The only other critisism I have is the fact that the shortened version of the Oaks biggest hit, "Elvira", is what appears on this CD. The song fades out after bass singer Richard Sterbans second "Oom pah pah mau mau" solo, resulting in the loss of two more such solos, as well as two more key changes. In all, roughly another minute is cut from the song. One would think that MCA would include the full album version of one of the only double platinum singles in country music history. Otherwise, this album is terrific. Besides the music itself, the album features many great photographs of the Boys. The linier notes also include one of the Oaks giving some backstory on each song. All in all this is the best Oak Ridge Boys compilation you can find today. It is a great addition to any Oaks fans collection, or even the casual listener. A CD covering the biggest years of the most popular quartet ever in country music.
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This is a very good compilation, yet it is FAR, FAR, FAR from "definitive." For example, there have been three previous greatest hits volumes for the group, as well as the "Collection" CD from the early '90's, yet none of these have included "No Matter How High," which was a big, big hit for the Oaks. Furthermore, if this were truly a "definitive" collection, it would not omit ANY of the hits. Why didn't Universal allow the Oaks a 2-disc "GOLD" set, as they have done many other artists? Then they could have included a few of the groups early crossover recordings for Columbia, as well as a few of their later RCA tracks(eg: their wonderful version of "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration"). Such a collection would have been "definitive." THIS ONE IS NOT. It is full of great tracks and performances, but it still misses the mark.
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This collection is missing a few important ORB songs. I know, it's a single disc. But many of their hits with Steve Sanders singing on them, from 1987-1995 are conspicuously absent. Mountian man William Lee Golden was given the boot to help the band's image. One of their band members, guitarist Steve Sanders took over Golden's singing parts. When the Oaks brought Golden back, Sanders sued. They settled out of court, some would say that was an admission of guilt on the part of the Oaks. Anyway...neither this collection, nor the more complete "Gold" two-disc set contains any of their hits with Sanders singing. Remember "Gonna Take A Lot Of River"? It was a HUGE #1 country hit. It's not on either collection. Also missing from both collections are the top ten country hits: "Bridges and Walls", "Beyond Those Years", "An American Family", "No Matter How High" and "Lucky Moon". Looking at the band's lineup at the time, one has to conclude that it was no happy accident that these songs were omitted from both collections. The Oaks didn't want to pay royalties to Sanders' family/estate. I guess it's possible that maybe some legal agreement kept them from using these songs.

As I said, I can forgive some songs being left off of this single disc set (with the exception of "Gonna Take A Lot Of River") but there's no excuse for some of them being left off of the "Gold" collection.

Still, I own both collections. If you only want to buy one, I'd suggest "Gold" because it's much more complete and doesn't cost that much more than this collection.
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If one could only afford one CD to represent the Oak Ridge Boys, this would be the one. This is the best compilation of their past 30 years of hits and might just be the best introduction to someone whose head has been burried in the sand for the last 30 years. I know that you'll enjoy this one, and if so, start purchasing additional Oaks CDs. Their lesser known songs are just as good as their hits.
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It's a very good CD and has a lot of their great songs. My only issue (and it's me being a bit picky) is the audio level is low. So if you have this just playing in your car or home, it's not bad. But if you put it on an iPod or something and have it play. You will notice it's a lot more quiet than everything else. Not an awful thing but just remember to turn your speakers down before the next song starts.

Other than that, great CD and the actual audio quality is very good.
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I really like the Oak Ridge Boys. I was listening to them when they where a powerful gospel group. man, they where good. when they went pop country it was ok with me. they hit it big some really campy lame hits. then they came out with a gem like 'Beautiful You", it blew my mind, then they went pop again. so be it. this is an enjoyable album....play it then shelve it for a while.
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Don't judge this great group by "Elvira", although it was hugely popular at the time. There are so many great songs on here, that I grew up with, but somewhat forgot about. Leaving Louisiana is probably my fave song of theirs. You will truly enjoy all songs on this CD and realize what a hugely important part of Country music they are.
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