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Greatest Hits

4.7 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews

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Greatest Hits album by Jo Dee Messina was released May 20, 2003 on the Curb label. As an inheritor of the school-of-hard-knocks-persona of Reba MacEntire, Jo Dee Messina has perfected the art of appealing to both sexes. Greatest Hits music CDs Her first greatest-hits compilation neatly summarizes her ability to interpret tough-but-tender, THELMA & LOUISE-type themes in a way guaranteed to bring out the protective instincts in guys and recognition and empathy in women. Time and again on GREATEST HITS Messina hits the ball right out of the park on songs such as "Heads Carolina, Tails California," "Bye Bye," and, in perhaps the ur-Messina performance, "Stand Beside Me," with its chorus that also functions as a declaration of intent--"I want a man that stands beside me/ Not in front of or behind meà" Messina is a class act--you won't find any dance club remixes here--and about as country as Nashville gets nowadays.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Curb Records
  • ASIN: B00008XS1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jo Dee Messina - her spunk, warmth, and red hair recalling the late great Dottie West - has been one of country music's most prominent female artists since her self-titled debut in 1996. With her initial hits "Heads Carolina, Tails California" and "You're Not In Kansas Anymore," it appeared that Jo Dee would devote herself musically to our fifty nifty United States. Thankfully, that wasn't the case.
Jo Dee's subsequent release, 1998's I'M ALRIGHT, brought her stardom with a lot of rowdy, catchy hits such as the title track, "Bye Bye," and her Dottie West remake "Lesson In Leavin'" as well as the stirring ballad "Because You Love Me" and the mid-paced declaration "Stand Beside Me." 2000's BURN was almost as successful, but a lot softer, the rollicking "That's The Way" off-set by the power ballads "Burn" and "Downtime," plus the yearn-filled duet with Tim McGraw, "Bring On The Rain."
This Greatest Hits contains all of the aforementioned hits plus four new recordings. These new tracks, including leadoff single "Was That My Life" and its follow-up "I Wish" are reflective and/or optimistic odes of a gentle variety. The collection's sequencing is a bit odd, with several uptempo tracks in a row dominating the first half of the lineup, followed mostly by ballads. Mixing them up better would have made the cd far more enjoyable to listen to, since each individual recording is first-rate.
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Jo Dee Messina is not hard-core or outlaw country. And hey, I like examples of those types of music in small quantities. But they're hard to take in larger doses. Jo Dee isn't. This album is almost pop-country, which means that purists will sniff their noses at it, but most people will enjoy it, or at least not be annoyed by it. It probably helps that even when she's singing about broken love (a country pre-requisite), she's bouncily facing the optimistic future rather than dwelling on the bleak past like too many other country songs.

This probably all sounds like very faint praise, but it really isn't. There just aren't many albums, especially country, I can listen to in their entirety, without skipping tracks. This is one I can. It has some great songs and all the rest are at least good songs.
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Jo Dee Messina's Greatest Hits cd is very good. Here is how I rate each song on the album:
1) Was That My Life- good song that talks about how fast the years go by. (5 stars)
2) I'm Alright- one of Jo Dee's greatest songs... I love it. (5 stars)
3) Heads Carolina, Tails California- an awesome uptempo song... another favorite of mine. (5 stars)
4)Bye-Bye- Jo Dee talking about saying good bye to love. good song. (5 stars)
5) Stand Beside Me- interesting song...not bad (4 stars)
6) Bring on the Rain- GREAT song.... and the fact that Tim McGraw is in harmony vocals of this song makes it better. (5 stars)
7) Lesson In Leavin'- Not too crazy about this one. OK song. (3 stars)
8) That's the Way- good song. (4 stars)
9) Burn- LOVE this song... the first song that introduced me to Jo Dee. (5 stars)
10) Downtime- great song written by Carolyn Dawn Johnson and it talks about going through a little downtime. (5 stars)
11) Because You Love Me- slow song...another average song on the album. (3 stars)
12) You're Not In Kansas Anymore- My ALL TIME FAVORITE Jo Dee Messina song ever!!!!!! (6 stars!!!!!!!)
13) Wishing Well- new song... but an awesome one. (5 stars)
14) You Belong In the Sun- this is such a fun song... nobody could cut it better than Jo Dee. (5 stars)
15) I Wish- Jo Dee's latest single... a good song about prosperous future wishes after a failing relationship. (5 stars)
An overall great album featuring Jo Dee Messina's Greatest Hits and 4 new hits.
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I'm kind of worried that Jo Dee's record label put out a Greatest Hits package and not a full-length new CD, it has been three years since Burn came out. "Was That My Life" is a great new song and the other three 'new' songs are good too, even though one of them is an older song that missed the cut for a previous CD. All of Jo Dee's songs are lots of fun to sing along with and the video for "Bring on the Rain" is also on the CD. This is a great CD for a new Messina fan, but I recommend getting all three of her CDs because the songs not included on this CD are just as good.
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This is a great CD and it was priced good enough for me to buy. The CD was in good condition and all of the tracks work perfectly. The CD also shipped and arrived very quickly. I would buy from again.
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Drove from Florida up to New Hampshire and needed some new songs - fun songs, get you going songs and songs with a message as I was moving from some sad memories to new and happier memories in the making! Jo Dee's cd hit every one of those needs! I am so glad it arrived on time and so I could bring it along. this was a good price for a GREAT cd.
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I love Amazon's program that allows you to purchase songs. I'm a huge country music fan and Jo Dee Messina is one of my favorites. Great voice, great range, awesome songs. I don't think there's a song on this CD that I don't like.
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Jo Dee Messina has broken several records on the country music charts! She has developed such a great cataloge of hits in a very short time period. I feel it may have been a bit early for a greatest hits complilation but Curb Records must have thought it was time; they shelved her finished studio album in favor of this compliation.
However if you are fan of Jo Dee's this compliation is for you. You do get all her great hits. The highlights include her biggest hit "Bring on the Rain". The songs is so haunting yet so uplifting; the vocal performance is perhaps her best ever. Another notable ballad is her song "Beacuse you loved me".
But Jo Dee is known for her strong uplifting, uptempo tunes; we get her best in this collection.
Her first hit "Heads Carolina Tails California" is one of the best country songs of the 1990's; as is her huge hit "Bye Bye".
Other greats are "Im Alrite" and "Thats the way".
We get four new songs on here (only "Was that my life" is actually new; the others were previously recorded but never made her previous albums). Since the songs were technically "leftovers" they are not Jo Dee's best, but they are still good songs. "Was that my Life" is really a great medtempo song and it is a nice departure for Jo Dee and her style.
Looked at as just a greatest hits package, this album does really work. Any general fan who does not on the original albums; this album is for you!
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