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The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Kathy Mattea entry in Universal Music's discount-priced hits series The Definitive Collection is the most extensive compilation on the country singer yet released, and it contains almost all of her major hits from the six-year period, 1986-1991, when she was one of the top hitmakers in country music. In addition, Robyn Flans' longer-than-usual liner notes benefit from a good interview with Mattea. When her most popular songs are played one after another, the listener is reminded anew of the surprisingly high quality of songwriting Mattea was able to identify within the Nashville publishing houses and the diversity of musical settings in which she placed them, not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Kathy Mattea entry in Universal Music's discount-priced hits series The Definitive Collection is the most extensive compilation on the country singer yet released, and it contains almost all of her major hits from the six-year period, 1986-1991, when she was one of the top hitmakers in country music. In addition, Robyn Flans' longer-than-usual liner notes benefit from a good interview with Mattea. When her most popular songs are played one after another, the listener is reminded anew of the surprisingly high quality of songwriting Mattea was able to identify within the Nashville publishing houses and the diversity of musical settings in which she placed them, not to mention the clarity and conviction with which she sang. In some cases, of course, she didn't have to look far to find material: the heartbreaking ballad "Where've You Been," a Grammy Award winner for Best Country Song, was co-written by her husband, Jon Vezner, with Don Henry. The only thing that mars this album is the omission of the Top Ten hit "A Few Good Things Remain," which cannot be an oversight. It is included on Mattea's previous compilation, A Collection of Hits, which was still in print when The Definitive Collection was released, and it is the only one of that album's ten songs not to be repeated on the later set. This is typically cynical record company marketing practice, deliberately leaving one hit off a hits collection to force fans to buy another disc. It is especially irritating when the album in question is given a title like The Definitive Collection, and it flies in the face of the tone of Flans' liner notes, which begin with the sentence, "Integrity is the first word that comes to mind when surveying the musical catalog of Kathy Mattea." If only that were also true when surveying the track list of this album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602517031975
  • Catalog Number: 000723302
  • Sales rank: 33,784

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kathy Mattea Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Larry Boone Composer
Nanci Griffith Composer
Don Henry Composer
Fred Koller Composer
Paul Overstreet Composer
Pat Alger Composer
Buddy Greene Composer
Mark Lowry Composer
Larry Cordle Composer
Jon Vezner Composer
Craig Bickhardt Composer
Andy Byrd Composer
Bob DiPiero Composer
Bucky Jones Composer
Dickey Lee Composer
Richard Leigh Composer
Susan Longacre Composer
Brent Maher Audio Production
Bob McDill Composer
Tim O'Brien Composer
Allen Reynolds Audio Production
Walter Carter Composer
Gillian Welch Composer
David Rawlings Composer
Jimbeau Hinson Composer
Don Schlitz Composer
Bill Dale Composer
Byron Hill Audio Production
Gene Nelson Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Susannah Clark Composer
Lee Domann Composer
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