The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since she straddled the line between mainstream country and Americana, Allison Moorer's records of the late '90s and early 2000s received critical acclaim but not much chart attention. She had a handful of hits at the turn of the century, but none that climbed into the country Top 40, which means that 2005's The Definitive Collection is less of a hits album than a retrospective on an underappreciated artist. As a matter of fact, the 19-track collection is missing her highest-charting single, "Think It Over," which peaked at 57 in 2000 her other three charting singles -- "Set You Free," "A Soft Place to Fall," and "Send Down an Angel" -- are all here. While some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since she straddled the line between mainstream country and Americana, Allison Moorer's records of the late '90s and early 2000s received critical acclaim but not much chart attention. She had a handful of hits at the turn of the century, but none that climbed into the country Top 40, which means that 2005's The Definitive Collection is less of a hits album than a retrospective on an underappreciated artist. As a matter of fact, the 19-track collection is missing her highest-charting single, "Think It Over," which peaked at 57 in 2000 her other three charting singles -- "Set You Free," "A Soft Place to Fall," and "Send Down an Angel" -- are all here. While some casual listeners may indeed miss that tune, the collection is nevertheless an excellent overview of her work at the time of its release in 2005, containing five cuts from her 1998 debut, Alabama Song; three songs from 2000's The Hardest Part; a duet with los Straitjackets from their 2001 album "I Ain't the One"; her contribution to the 2001 film soundtrack Songcatcher "Moonshiner"; four tracks from 2002's Miss Fortune; her version of "Storms Never Last" from the 2003 Waylon Jennings tribute album, Lonesome, On'ry and Mean; and four cuts from 2003's live album, Show. Each of these records is quite good on its own terms, but this makes for an excellent introduction for the curious, and The Definitive Collection a strong listen in its own right as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 602498808795
  • Catalog Number: 000441602
  • Sales rank: 43,263

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Soft Place to Fall (3:51)
  2. 2 Long Black Train (4:26)
  3. 3 Alabama Song (3:53)
  4. 4 Set You Free (3:57)
  5. 5 Easier to Forget (3:01)
  6. 6 The Hardest Part (3:13)
  7. 7 Is It Worth It? (3:23)
  8. 8 Send Down an Angel (3:47)
  9. 9 I Ain't the One (3:01)
  10. 10 Moonshiner (3:32)
  11. 11 Tumbling Down (4:18)
  12. 12 Hey Jezebel (4:27)
  13. 13 Steal the Sun (4:40)
  14. 14 Dying Breed (6:47)
  15. 15 Storms Never Last (4:33)
  16. 16 Don't Cry No Tears (2:39)
  17. 17 Let Go (4:21)
  18. 18 I'll Break Before I Bend (3:25)
  19. 19 Is Heaven Good Enough for You (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Allison Moorer Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Marty Stuart Mandolin
Shelby Lynne Vocals
Russ Taff Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion, Tambourine
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Jay Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Mellotron
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mike Brignardello Bass, Bass Guitar
Steve Conn Accordion
Chad Cromwell Drums
Dan Dugmore Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Kenny Greenberg Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Paul Griffith Drums
David Grissom Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell Harmonium
Yvonne Hodges Background Vocals
Jim Hoke Clarinet, Harmonica
Jimmy Lester Percussion, Drums
Joe McMahan Guitar
Kim Morrison Background Vocals
Greg Morrow Drums
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Michael Noble Electric Guitar
Russ Pahl Pedal Steel Guitar
Dave Pomeroy Bass, Bass Guitar
Michael Rhodes Bass, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass
Darrell Scott Acoustic Guitar
Joe Spivey Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle
Harry Stinson Percussion, Drums, Vocal Harmony
Glenn Worf Double Bass, Upright Bass
Los Straitjackets Ensemble
Danny Amis Guitar
Peter Curry Bass, Bass Guitar
Eddie Angel Guitar
Joe McMahon Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chris Carmichael Violin, Conductor
Rick Schell Drums
Lonesome Bob Vocals
Chuck Mead Acoustic Guitar
Tim Lauer Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Pete Finney Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Michael Webb Piano, fender rhodes
Rick Plant Banjo, Electric Guitar
Tracy Hackney Dulcimer
Kenneth Blevins Drums
Manfred Jerome Percussion
Jared Reynolds Keyboards, Vocals
Louise Red Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
David Roe Bass
Mike Noble Electric Guitar
Alison Presswood Bass Guitar
Louise Red Background Vocals
Dave Roe Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Neil Young Composer
Jessi Colter Composer
Tony Brown Executive Producer
R.S. Field Producer, Audio Production
Kenny Greenberg Producer, Audio Production
Gwil Owen Composer
Doug Schwartz Remastering
Chris Farren Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Jake Guralnick Executive Producer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Chris Carmichael Arranger
Vartan Art Direction
Chuck Mead Producer, Audio Production
Allison Moorer Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Traditional Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Doyle Lee Primm Composer, Producer
Paul Gannon Arranger
David Roe Producer
Doyle Primm Audio Production
Dave Roe Audio Production
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