50 Number Ones

50 Number Ones

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by George Strait
     
 

The title tells only part of the amazing story: Since his 1981 debut with the Strait Country album, the humble Texan George Strait has cut no fewer than 50 chart-topping singles. The rest of the story is that since his first No. 1, "I Hate Everything" -- a fiddle- and pedal steel–rich tale of reconciliation born of anotherSee more details below

Overview

The title tells only part of the amazing story: Since his 1981 debut with the Strait Country album, the humble Texan George Strait has cut no fewer than 50 chart-topping singles. The rest of the story is that since his first No. 1, "I Hate Everything" -- a fiddle- and pedal steel–rich tale of reconciliation born of another man's despair -- Strait has kept his traditional approach intact, occasionally injecting some rock 'n' roll propulsion and intensity (as on the driving, buoyant "Blue Clear Sky") or a chiming electric piano (the dreamy "You Look So Good In Love"), but never straying far from the support provided by a basic country combo with fiddles and steel. He picks exquisite songs that tell quintessential country stories -- about people celebrating love, about people torn up by love, about misadventures in love (as in the self-deprecating "All My Exes Live in Texas" and the bluesy, George Jones–style weeper "Let's Fall to Pieces Together"), about people trying to get from one day to the next ("I Can Still Make Cheyenne"). And Strait sings with tremendous feeling, using the entire range of his warm voice and phrasing with masterful sensitivity to a lyric's nuances, whether he's up there in the ether crying out a plea or easing down low for some romantic crooning (see "The Chair"). Not least of all, he's worked with two great producers in Jimmy Bowen and Tony Brown, who know exactly what to add to give a song wings and then get out of the artist's way. What's so special about George Strait? The answer's here, 50 times over.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There have been plenty of George Strait compilations, and most of have been very good, but none have been as good as 2004's 50 Number Ones. While the 1995 box set Strait Out of the Box illustrated the range and depth of Strait's musical achievement, it may have been too lengthy for some listeners, and shorter compilations like the two-volume The Very Best of Strait left too many hits behind -- and by 2004, all those compilations were out-dated, since Strait continued to top the charts until the release of 50 Number Ones. This double-disc contains all the big hits that he's had since Strait Out of the Box, along with all of his classics from the '80s and early '90s. The title might bend the truth a little bit -- at least according to the Billboard charts, such latter-day singles as "True" and "Run" only peaked at number two, not number one -- but it doesn't matter, since this contains all of his major singles in one convenient package. And it's not noteworthy just because it's one-stop shopping, it's also noteworthy because it proves exactly how consistent George Strait's body of work has been over the last twenty-some years. From start to finish, there's not a slow spot here -- it's a thoroughly entertaining collection that belongs in the ranks of country's greatest-hits albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0008817039022
catalogNumber:
000045902
Rank:
2593

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Hate Everything
  2. Fool Hearted Memory
  3. A Fire I Can't Put Out
  4. You Look So Good In Love
  5. Right Or Wrong
  6. Let's Fall To Pieces Together
  7. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
  8. The Chair
  9. Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her
  10. It Ain't Cool To Be Crazy About You
  11. Ocean Front Property
  12. All My Ex's Live In Texas
  13. Am I Blue
  14. Famous Last Words Of A Fool
  15. Baby Blue
  16. If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')
  17. Baby's Gotten Good At Goodbye
  18. What's Going On In Your World
  19. Ace In The Hole
  20. Love Without End, Amen
  21. I've Come To Expect It From You
  22. If I Know Me
  23. You Know Me Better Than That
  24. The Chill Of An Early Fall
  25. So Much Like My Dad
  26. I Cross My Heart

Disc 2

  1. Heartland
  2. Easy Come, Easy Go
  3. I'd Like To Have That One Back
  4. The Man In Love With You
  5. The Big One
  6. You Can't Make A Heart Love Somebody
  7. Lead On
  8. Check Yes Or No
  9. I Know She Still Loves Me
  10. Blue Clear Sky
  11. Carried Away
  12. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
  13. One Night At A Time
  14. Carrying Your Love With Me
  15. Today My World Slipped Away
  16. Round About Way
  17. I Just Want To Dance With You
  18. TRUE
  19. We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This
  20. Write This Down
  21. The Best Day
  22. Go On
  23. Run
  24. Living and Living Well
  25. She'll Leave You With A Smile

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Strait   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Gerry House   Composer
Vern Gosdin   Composer
Jim Lauderdale   Composer
Jeff Stevens   Composer
George Strait   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
John Prine   Composer
Johnny Russell   Composer
Roger Cook   Composer
Eric Kaz   Composer
Tommy Collins   Composer
Aaron Barker   Composer
Kerry Chater   Composer
Craig Allen   Art Direction
Ray Baker   Producer,Audio Production
Glen Ballard   Composer
Pam Belford   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Steve Bogard   Composer
Rory Michael Bourke   Composer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer,Audio Production
Tony Brown   Producer,Audio Production
Buddy Cannon   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Steve Dean   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Steve Dorff   Composer
Bobby Emmons   Composer
Theodore Gentry   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Tony Haselden   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Johnny MacRae   Composer
Blake Mevis   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chips Moman   Composer
Mark Sanders   Composer
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Darlene Shafer   Composer
Keith Stegall   Composer
Mark Wright   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Michael McCall   Liner Notes
Eddie Kilgallon   Composer
Willis R. Nance   Composer
Paul Biese   Composer
Troy Martin   Composer
Arthur Sizemore   Composer
Gretchen Peters   Composer
Tony Lane   Composer
Carson Chamberlain   Composer
Mark Nesler   Composer
Monty Holmes   Composer
Gary Harrison   Composer
John Jarrard   Composer
Earl Bud Lee   Composer
Kent Robbins   Composer
Tommy Rocco   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Lyndia Shafer   Composer
Bill Shore   Composer
Erv Woolsey   Composer
Dennis Adkins   Composer
Odie Blackmon   Composer
David Chamberlain   Composer
Green Daniel   Composer
Darryl Staedtler   Composer
A. Smith   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
Marvin Green   Composer
Jay Knowles   Composer
Dan Wells   Composer
Royce Porter   Composer
Devon O'Day   Composer
Anna Lisa Graham   Composer
Rex Huston   Composer
Gary Harju   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
Dana Hunt Oglesby   Composer
Rick West   Composer

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