For over twenty years George has remained at the forefront in an industry always looking for the fresh new thing. George's always consistent vocals, song quality and constant charm have continued to earn the respect of his peers and audiences alike. This first ever collection of George's 50 #1 career singles is a 2-CD set including 'I Hate Everything' the new single showing signs that George isn't satisfied with just 50 #1's. When George Strait's "She'll Leave You With a Smile" moved to the top of the country charts in early 2003, the handsome Lone Star crooner bested Conway Twitty for the most No. 1 singles by a solo artist. This collection of 50 chart-toppers, spanning 22 years, showcases the Cadillac of country singers at his best, blending traditional and contemporary stylings, but never straying too far from the core of his Texas barroom sound. "Fool Hearted Memory," from 1982, proves that Strait had his uncluttered production and straightforward vocal approach down from the start, no matter how many producers guided him to his peak. Through the years, the path to superstardom dictated that he trade the crisp Western swing of "Right or Wrong" and "Ace in the Hole" for squishy, mid-tempo crowd pleasers like "Check Yes or No" and "Write This Down." But he redeemed himself with such poignant heartbreakers as "So Much Like My Dad" and "â€¦Smile." This retrospective's one new track, "I Hate Everything," about a man in a bar who's besotted more from pain than whiskey, doesn't match up with the singer's best material, but it's still got that irresistible Strait hook: average-guy sincerity wrapped in a down-to-earth heart. --Alanna Nash
72 tracks compiled and annotated by George himself, including every one of his 30 #1 hits plus 11 more chart singles, 19 LP tracks and 11 rarities, plus some unreleased tracks, like his duet with Frank Sinatra on Fly Me to the Moon ! These songs ruled '80s and '90s country radio: George's #1 hit version of Bob Wills' Right or Wrong; Love Without End, Amen; I've Come to Expect It from You; All My Ex's Live in Texas; Am I Blue; Ace in the Hole; The Chair; If I Know Me , and more. When the hits come as effortlessly as they do to Strait, it's easy for an artist to lose interest. The man who ushered in country's hat-act era has spent a career bouncing from lifeless and fluffy to hard and soulful. This four-CD box tells the story from 1976 (when he cut the first of three singles for Houston indie D Records) through 1995. At his best--"Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind," for example--he defines the modern heart song, but lightweight stuff such as "Hollywood Squares" won't win him new converts. --John Morthland
Manufacturer: Capitol Records
This comprehensive hits package includes all 40 of his #1 hits on 2 Cds, with legendary songs such as: "The Fugitive," "Mama Tried," "Sing Me Back Home," "Hungry Eyes" "Grandma Harp," "I Think I'll Stay Here and Drink."
George Strait performs ten new songs from this film about a country singer trying to find his musical roots by returning to a simpler life.No Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: STRAIT,GEORGETitle: PURE COUNTRYStreet Release Date: 09/15/1992
Duets are tricky, especially when the two people in question are headliners not used to subverting to another. But these two country veterans put together this collection with a love for the music and let their egos get checked at the door. Haggard has always had strong presence, but here he tones down his authority a tad to allow for Nelson's reedy croon to penetrate. Townes Van Zandt's title track became a hit; the sad sack outlaw tale is perfect for two performers who have spent their careers living outside the law. The production by Haggard, Nelson, and Chips Moman is fairly restrained for 1982 country music productions. --Rob O'Connor
This year marks the 25th anniversary of George Straits first MCA Nashville album release Strait Country (1981). Now after 25 years of making timeless country music, selling over 62 million albums and scoring more solo #1 singles than any other recording artist in history, it is safe to say George isn't satisfied yet. George Strait's new album It Just Comes Natural is packed with 15 Strait-worthy tracks including the title track It Just Comes Natural and the soaring first single Give It Away. After the first week of release to radio, the single Give It Away was crowned the Number One most added on R&R and Billboard. The single has been scorching up the charts and reached Top 20 in only 4 weeks, making it Strait's fastest moving single of his career. When the announcement came that George Strait was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, there were those who thought it was premature. After all, Strait is only in his early 50s, and with 53 #1s, more than anyone else in Nashville history, he is still an active working artist, not the sort who sits back on a million-acre ranch remembering when. But one spin through It Just Comes Natural and it's obvious why the quiet Texan deserved his induction now. He simply has no mainstream peer, for either his consistency on the charts or his continuing to raise the bar with his confident, nuanced performance. Here, on an album recorded in Key West, Strait sounds even more relaxed than usual, as if he took more time to live with the songs--15 in all--before he recorded them. Throughout, he amply demonstrates his ability to choose material that pushes the country genre beyond its core themes of God, family, and patriotism while still staying traditional. So many of the songs catch one off guard, either because of their different subject matter (the way the lyric of "Come on Joe" gradually tells us the dead never really leave the living) or in their sophisticated approach to a routine topic (the head-spinning recognition of an old flame in Bruce Robison's "Wrapped"...
Ride with Bob is the new and improved sequel to Asleep at the Wheel's star-studded 1993 effort, Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. The playing behind the high-profile guest vocalists is hotter and looser this time, with plenty of solo space and the Wheel's Ray Benson assuming Wills's jovial ringleader role. Merle Haggard delivers a wild falsetto version of "St. Louis Blues" backed by the Squirrel Nut Zippers' horns, and Willie Nelson steps out with the Manhattan Transfer on "Going Away Party." Steve Wariner and Vince Gill trade fluid guitar licks on "Bob's Breakdown," Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin share a mic on "Faded Love," and the Dixie Chicks romp through "Roly Poly." All of Asleep at the Wheel's recordings have been tributes to Wills's Western-swing legacy in one way or another, but this is as close as they've come to distilling the timeless essence of the sound. --Rick Mitchell
Brad Pailey won his first GRAMMY Award in 2008 for Best Country Instrumental Performance and he is believes in 'more music, less talk' with his 2008 album, Play, which promises to increase axes across the board, alongside some of the guitar world's great heroes. Featuring guest vocal and musical collaborations with B.B. King, Keith Urban, Steve Wariner, and Buck Owens.
Manufacturer: MCA Nashville
After 20 years of making timeless country music, earning armloads of awards, selling over 60 million albums, shattering attendance records in venues across the country and accruing more Number One singles than any other recording artist in history, it would seem there's little left for the biggest name in country music to achieve. Nonetheless, he's done it again. George Strait's new single, 'You'll Be There', is the highest charting debut of his career entering the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart at #30. MCA. 2005. Country's most reluctant superstar can always lend gravity to even the weakest of songs, so masterful is his phrasing and restrained, expressive delivery, and so artful his picking and the production that surrounds his Everyman baritone. On Somewhere Down in Texas, many of George Strait's songs are semiautobiographical and ring with authenticity. The title track portrays a man who's weary of the road and yearns to stay home with his family; "Texas" salutes the state that made him what he is; and "You'll Be There," the heartfelt single that talks of meeting a loved one in the afterlife, likely hits a nerve with the singer, who lost a child some years ago. Strait also does well with the terrible twins of country dance-hall fare, misery and grief--particularly on the honky-tonk weeper "Ready for the End of the World" and the killer ballad "Good News, Bad News," a duet with Lee Ann Womack, who cowrote the tune with Dean Dillon and Dale Dodson. Womack sings rings around her fellow Texan, giving her reading of this exquisite song of heartbreak an emotional resonance that sticks in the mind long after it's over. But Strait conveys a stoic acceptance of a tragically missed chance at love, and it plays just right for a cowboy antihero. Somewhere Down in Texas could have benefited from the addition of an irresistible rhythm tune or another example of the western swing that Strait embraced so fervently early in his career. But every time ol' George refers to his heroes by name--Haggard, Nelson, and Jones--you...