Strait Out of the Box

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
A truly comprehensive four-CD compilation covering the years 1976-1995, including all 31 of his number one hits, 11 more chart singles of great musical significance, 19 LP tracks, and 11 more rare tracks, plus a brace of unreleased songs that are anything but leftovers. The opening three tracks, all written by Strait and dating from 1976-1979, show a lot of potential on his part as a singer fronting a competent band. 1981's "Unwound" was where his career lifted off, and his singing takes on serious depth and range. Beyond "Unwound," there's a lot here that could've done well as singles, displaying his early sound as a mix of traditional country and country-pop. Strait ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
A truly comprehensive four-CD compilation covering the years 1976-1995, including all 31 of his number one hits, 11 more chart singles of great musical significance, 19 LP tracks, and 11 more rare tracks, plus a brace of unreleased songs that are anything but leftovers. The opening three tracks, all written by Strait and dating from 1976-1979, show a lot of potential on his part as a singer fronting a competent band. 1981's "Unwound" was where his career lifted off, and his singing takes on serious depth and range. Beyond "Unwound," there's a lot here that could've done well as singles, displaying his early sound as a mix of traditional country and country-pop. Strait ultimately rebelled against the latter, but the songs off of his first two LPs show a prodigious talent in any milieu he'd have chosen to work. Disc two opens with the Bob Wills number "Right or Wrong," which became central to Strait's sound and image and, in the early '80s, was a reminder that as smooth as those early MCA songs had been, Strait had a genuine commitment to Western swing and traditional country music. Disc three divides its space between ballads and honky tonk numbers, with some comedy and some bracing Western swing. Disc four is all '90s material, right up through 1995. The cut that helped sell this set is Strait's never-issued 1993 duet with Frank Sinatra on "Fly Me to the Moon," which never should have been left off the Duets album -- the two singers' voices sound right together, and the song works as is. The producers have provided a booklet with an extensive biographical essay, a full sessionography, and comments from Strait himself on each of the songs included.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/1995
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008811126322
  • Catalog Number: 11263
  • Sales rank: 35,304

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Just Can't Go on Dying Like This (2:46)
  2. 2 (That Don't Change) the Way I Feel About You (2:11)
  3. 3 I Don't Want to Talk It over Anymore (3:11)
  4. 4 Unwound (2:26)
  5. 5 Blame It on Mexico (2:51)
  6. 6 Her Goodbye Hit Me in the Heart (3:05)
  7. 7 If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home) (2:58)
  8. 8 Any Old Love Won't Do (3:04)
  9. 9 Fool Hearted Memory (2:39)
  10. 10 Marina del Rey (3:03)
  11. 11 I Can't See Texas from Here (2:30)
  12. 12 Heartbroke (3:34)
  13. 13 What Would Your Memories Do (3:18)
  14. 14 Amarillo by Morning (2:53)
  15. 15 I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name (2:45)
  16. 16 Fire I Can't Put Out (3:00)
  17. 17 You Look So Good in Love (3:13)
  18. 18 80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopper (2:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Right or Wrong (2:06)
  2. 2 Let's Fall to Pieces Together (2:55)
  3. 3 Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind (3:15)
  4. 4 The Cowboy Rides Away (3:23)
  5. 5 The Fireman (2:35)
  6. 6 Chair (2:50)
  7. 7 You're Something Special to Me (3:20)
  8. 8 Haven't You Heard (2:55)
  9. 9 In Too Deep (2:38)
  10. 10 Lefty's Gone (3:15)
  11. 11 Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her (2:51)
  12. 12 It Ain't Cool to Be Crazy About You (2:51)
  13. 13 Ocean Front Property (3:07)
  14. 14 Rhythm of the Road (2:17)
  15. 15 Six Pack to Go (3:02)
  16. 16 All My Ex's Live in Texas (3:20)
  17. 17 Am I Blue (3:06)
  18. 18 Famous Last Words of a Fool (3:36)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Baby Blue (3:34)
  2. 2 If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin') (2:20)
  3. 3 Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye (3:30)
  4. 4 Bigger Man Than Me (2:51)
  5. 5 Hollywood Squares (2:43)
  6. 6 What's Going on in Your World (3:28)
  7. 7 Ace in the Hole (2:38)
  8. 8 Love Without End, Amen (3:07)
  9. 9 Drinking Champagne (3:35)
  10. 10 I've Come to Expect It from You (3:45)
  11. 11 If I Know Me (2:42)
  12. 12 You Know Me Better Than That (3:03)
  13. 13 The Chill of an Early Fall (3:32)
  14. 14 Lovesick Blues (2:57)
  15. 15 Milk Cow Blues (5:12)
  16. 16 Gone as a Girl Can Get (3:16)
  17. 17 So Much Like My Dad (3:26)
  18. 18 Trains Make Me Lonesome (3:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Wonderland of Love (2:56)
  2. 2 I Cross My Heart (3:31)
  3. 3 Heartland (2:18)
  4. 4 When Did You Stop Loving Me (2:50)
  5. 5 Overnight Male (2:36)
  6. 6 The King of Broken Hearts (3:09)
  7. 7 Where the Sidewalk Ends (3:10)
  8. 8 Easy Come, Easy Go (3:05)
  9. 9 I'd Like to Have That One Back (3:52)
  10. 10 Lovebug (2:51)
  11. 11 The Man in Love with You (3:23)
  12. 12 Just Look at Me (3:10)
  13. 13 Stay out of My Arms (2:36)
  14. 14 Big Ball's in Cowtown (2:42)
  15. 15 Big One (2:10)
  16. 16 Fly Me to the Moon (2:10)
  17. 17 Check Yes or No (3:20)
  18. 18 I Know She Still Loves Me (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Strait Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Mandolin, Saxophone
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Hank Thompson Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Vocals, Track Performer
Matt Rollings Piano
Patrick Williams Conductor
Steve Gibson Acoustic Guitar, Multi Instruments
Judy Rodman Background Vocals
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Bobby Wood Keyboards
Joe Barnhill Acoustic Guitar
Joe Chemay Bass
David Anthony Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar
Ray Benson Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Chuck Berghofer Bass, Rhythm Bass
Matt Betton Drums
Pete Bordonali Electric Guitar
Clyde Brooks Drums
Larry Byrom Electric Guitar
Buddy Cannon Background Vocals
Jimmy Capps Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Cindy Cashdollar Steel Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar
Marcy Cates Background Vocals
Margie Cates Background Vocals
Chip Young Electric Guitar
Gene Chrisman Drums
Doug Clements Background Vocals
Mike Daily Steel Guitar
Hank DeVito Steel Guitar
Floyd Domino Piano
Steve Dorff Conductor
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Gene Elders Fiddle
Mark Feldman Fiddle
Rita Figlio Background Vocals
Phil Fisher Drums
Pat Flynn Acoustic Guitar
Michael Francis Saxophone
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar, Pedal Dobro
Gregg Galbraith Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sonny Garrish Dobro, Steel Guitar
Bob Gelotte Drums
Emory Gordy Bass
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Owen Hale Drums
Terry Hale Bass
Bobby Hardin Background Vocals
Hoot Hester Fiddle
John Hobbs Keyboards
Jim Horn Saxophone
Ronnie Huckaby Piano
Sherilyn Huffman Background Vocals
John Hughey Steel Guitar
Mitch Humphries Keyboards
David Hungate Bass
Leo Jackson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Jarvis Piano
Dave Kirby Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Kroon Drums
Mike Leech Bass
Bill Mabry Fiddle
Liana Manis Background Vocals
Steve Marsh Saxophone
Brent Mason Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Benny McArthur Electric Guitar
Randy McCormick Piano
Wade McCurdy Background Vocals
Rick McRae Electric Guitar
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar
The Nashville String Machine Group
Steve Nathan Synthesizer, Piano, Multi Instruments
Fred Newell Electric Guitar
Jody Nix Vocal Harmony
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
Mark O'Connor Fiddle
Larry Paxton Bass
Leon Rhodes Guitar, Bass Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Keyboards
Jack Ross Bass
Brent Rowan Electric Guitar
David Sanger Drums
Randy Scruggs Acoustic Guitar
Eldon Shamblin Rhythm Guitar
Donna Sheridan Background Vocals
Jerry Shook Acoustic Guitar
Harry Stinson Background Vocals
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Bobby Thompson Acoustic Guitar
Diane Tidwell Background Vocals
Ricky Turpin Fiddle, Mandolin
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Electric Guitar
Jamie Whiting Keyboards
Glenn Worf Bass
Paul Yandell Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Curtis Young Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Liana Young Background Vocals
Reggie Young Electric Guitar
Andrea Zonn Background Vocals
Ron Anthony Guitar
Gregg Field Drums
Sandra Callaway Background Vocals
Tom Foote Drums
Ruben Gosfeld Steel Guitar
Arlene Hardin Background Vocals
Gwen Kay Background Vocals
Bob Moore Bass
John Barlow Jarvis Piano
Larrie Londin Drums
Leland Sklar Bass, Electric Guitar
Bob Thompson Acoustic Guitar
Bill Miller Piano
Tim Alexander Piano
David Miller Bass
Ronnie Brooks Guitar
Steve Chapman Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Red Steagall Composer
George Strait Producer
Patrick Williams Director
Joe Barnhill Producer
Aaron Barker Composer
Ray Baker Producer
Ray Benson Producer
George Binkley III Contributor
Jimmy Bowen Producer
John David Boyle Contributor
Tony Brown Producer
Marvin Chantry Contributor
Roy Christensen Contributor
Virginia Christensen Contributor
Dean Dillon Composer
Steve Dorff String Arrangements
Carl Gorodetzky Contributor
Lennie Haight Contributor
Glenn Meadows Mastering
Blake Mevis Composer, Producer
Dennis Molchan Contributor
Alan Moore String Arrangements
Phil Ramone Producer
Sanger D. Schafer Composer
Walter Schwede Contributor
Darlene Shafer Composer
Donald Teal Contributor
Gary VanOsdale Contributor
Pamela VanOsdale Contributor
Hank Cattaneo Producer
Don Daily Producer
Paul Kingsbury Liner Notes
Stephanie Woolf Contributor
David Chamberlain Composer
Darryl Staedtler Composer
Byron Hill Composer
Royce Porter Composer
Jerry Max Lane Composer
Bart Howard Composer
Dana Hunt Oglesby Composer
Dan McLellan Composer
Rory Bourke Composer
D. Staedtler Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great collection

    I love this collection. It has all of his greatest work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We love George & his music! Thanks Cathy & Greg for getting me hooked on his music years ago.

    This 4 CD collection wraps it all up into one big package of great songs. I have so many of his CD's & they're all great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of George

    I love these CDs-Straight out of the box'they are great to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I thought I had heard all of George's songs.

    A definate must for George fans. I never knew he did a duet with Sinatra! Wow. I own all his albums, but this one. I now know my collection is not complete without Strait out of the Box.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best

    I think this albun is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful !

    This was a great CD ! I love George Strait and it's great having almost all of his songs on just 4 CD's !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    George the King

    This is a great set. I recemend it to anyone who love country music. Or just any one!!!

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