Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by Martina McBride
     
 

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This impressive 19-song collection from country singer Martina McBride feels more like a biography than a greatest-hits album. No mere cataloguing of her chart success, Greatest Hits tells the story of a female artist finding her calling, finding herself, and touching a responsive chord with the public. Her 1993 Top Ten breakthrough, "My Baby Loves Me," remains

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This impressive 19-song collection from country singer Martina McBride feels more like a biography than a greatest-hits album. No mere cataloguing of her chart success, Greatest Hits tells the story of a female artist finding her calling, finding herself, and touching a responsive chord with the public. Her 1993 Top Ten breakthrough, "My Baby Loves Me," remains a compelling -- and hard-rocking -- message song about accepting people for their substance rather than their style. "Independence Day," from 1994, has given hope to countless battered women over the years, as has 1997's "Broken Wing," about a woman escaping emotional abuse. McBride chooses songs that speak to real people in the real world, but in life-affirming terms, their subtext urging self-reliance and courage in the face of terror as a means to salvation and spiritual healing. It helps that her beautiful, expressive soprano is as riveting as her texts, making everything she sings as memorable as it is tuneful. As a bonus, the set includes four new songs, and all measure up to the hits. Of these, the cautionary "When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues" finds McBride extending her domain into a hard-driving, Wynonna-style R&B workout, while the heart-rending "Concrete Angel," another moving tale of a young girl struggling to survive in an abusive household, is destined to take its place among McBride's classics. This is a powerful package, with a lot of bang for the buck in its volume of strong songs with their rich content, and in her heartfelt delivery.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
Fans of McBride who have waited a long time for a greatest-hits album from the always-fresh, always-captivating McBride won't be disappointed. A stellar collection packed with 18 songs: 14 previously recorded smashes and four new, striking originals. Perhaps the greatest voice in contemporary country music, McBride revisits popular favorites from her last four platinum albums -- from her 1994 Top Ten breakthrough "My Baby Loves Me" through to the propulsive "Love's the Only House." And in between, McBride's incomparable voice belts out a generous mix of familiar favorites, like "Independence Day," "Wild Angels," "Valentine," "Happy Girl," and "Whatever You Say." McBride's magnetic vocals and unmatched artistry reinforce her musical dominance with new songs, such as "Where Would You Be," "Concrete Angel," and "Blessed." A brilliant career retrospective and a must-have for fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636701226
catalogNumber:
67012
Rank:
7118

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martina McBride   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Troy Johnson   Background Vocals
Joe Chemay   Bass
Jim Brickman   Track Performer
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
John Hobbs   Piano,Hammond Organ
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Dan Tyminski   Background Vocals
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Violin,Cello,Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Carolyn Dawn Johnson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Martina McBride   Producer,Liner Notes
David Lyndon Huff   drum programming
Mike Poole   Engineer
Ed Seay   Producer
Dan Shea   Producer
Paul Worley   Producer,Liner Notes
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer
Beth Lee   Art Direction
Adrienne Follesé   Composer
Tammy Hyler   Composer
Keith Follesé   Composer

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Greatest Hits 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Good CD with lots of different kinds of songs. Like it. Really do. I specially love BLESSED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Concrate Angel
Guest More than 1 year ago
martina is awesome! great albulm!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful collection of riveting songs ! Martina can do no wrong when discussing sensitive issues in her songs. She is part of my motivation to be a better person. We are blessed to have such a singer in our midst.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the album, but was sorry to see some of her earliest hits not included. "That's Me," "Cheap Whiskey," and "The Time Has Come" were the songs that got me hooked on Martina in the first place. These surely rank as some of her greatest hits. Nonetheless, a top-shelf album from an incredible artist--highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think that Martina could ever do any wrong. She proves that in her greatest hits CD. New songs that are fun(God Fearing Women), spiratual (Blessed), and controversal (Concrete Angel). I can't sing along to Concrete Angel without crying. She is my favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An over all wonderful CD. My hands down favorite, however, is "Concrete Angel." It is such a sad, and yet such a realistic song that deals with a very important issue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She did it again, she made another killer cd. Crank this cd as loud as you can, and just D-A-N-C-E your heart out. The songs are easy to learn, but harder to sing, as she has such a good, operatic, low voice. Martina, dah-link, you ROCK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martina really brings out and pushes her voice in everything she does. I love Martina and her music is totally awesome. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this CD. It's definetely worth your money! She puts the country, in country music! Great job this year Martina!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great CD! Martina is #1 in my book and this Greatist Hits CD proves how great her music is and has always been! The VHS Greatist Hits Video is also great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great CD, excellent new material included also
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that this wonderfully elegant and classy woman could sing the phone book and people would buy it. The best vocal range around and songs with strong, uplifting lyrical messages - both hard to find these days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martina CD Greatest Hits is so awesome that I would recomend this CD to everyone!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Martina McBride and all the other country stars. My favorite song in her whole collection of her CD's is CONCRETE ANGEL. it inspires me the way she wrote it. that is my favorite song and always will be!
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