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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of George Strait

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
In his 22-year career, George Strait has racked up more million-selling albums than any country artist in history. This collection has some glaring omissions, but it also boasts a dozen beautifully realized blockbusters, all richly conceived and masterfully rendered. Rife with good humor and hot fiddling, the jaunty "Ace in the Hole" is the best shot of western swing this side of Asleep at the Wheel. At the other end of the spectrum, the tuneful ballad "Love Without End, Amen" offers an unvarnished, moving message about a father's duty to his progeny. Be it a love song as tender as "Baby Blue," a number as expertly crafted as "I Cross My Heart," or upbeat celebrations ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
In his 22-year career, George Strait has racked up more million-selling albums than any country artist in history. This collection has some glaring omissions, but it also boasts a dozen beautifully realized blockbusters, all richly conceived and masterfully rendered. Rife with good humor and hot fiddling, the jaunty "Ace in the Hole" is the best shot of western swing this side of Asleep at the Wheel. At the other end of the spectrum, the tuneful ballad "Love Without End, Amen" offers an unvarnished, moving message about a father's duty to his progeny. Be it a love song as tender as "Baby Blue," a number as expertly crafted as "I Cross My Heart," or upbeat celebrations full of joie de vivre like "If You Ain't Lovin' You Ain't Livin'" and the hilarious "All My Ex's Live in Texas," Strait plays his country straight, keeping the production flourishes in check, minimizing the use of strings and orchestras, and, for the most part, fronting an accomplished small combo that deftly navigates between honky-tonk and western swing. Strait, a consummate vocalist whose feel for the music improves with age, becomes a juggernaut in front of his just-right backing band. The song's the thing with Strait, and this disc boasts 12 unassailable tracks to prove the point.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
George Strait himself chose the 12 number one country hits included in this midline-priced compilation, which presents digitally remastered tracks. The hits ranged from "You Look So Good in Love," which topped the charts at the start of 1984, to "Easy Come, Easy Go," a number one in October 1993. During this period, an additional 11 Strait singles also reached the country summit, so this is just a sampling. Some of his biggest hits i.e., ones that stayed at number one longer -- such as "Love Without End, Amen" and "I've Come to Expect It From You" -- are included, while others -- such as "You Know Me Better Than That" and "If I Knew Me" -- are not. In the less easily quantifiable category of signature songs, again some are included, notably "All My Ex's Live in Texas," while others, such as "Ocean Front Property," are missing. So Strait easily could come up with a second volume for 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection without even getting too far into the 1990s. And he probably will.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008817028026
  • Catalog Number: 170280
  • Sales rank: 19,550

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Strait Primary Artist
Technical Credits
George Strait Producer
Aaron Barker Composer
Ray Baker Producer
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Dean Dillon Composer
Andy McKaie Compilation Supervisor
Sanger D. Schafer Composer
Paul Kingsbury Liner Notes
Troy Martin Composer
Lyndia Shafer Composer
Rex Huston Composer
Tony Martin Composer
Rory Bourke Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most of the Best - They don't all fit!

    George Strait is George Strait. No Jumping around. Great to hear many hits together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Number 1 hits

    You can't go wrong buying a Strait CD!

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    Posted March 16, 2009

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