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The Very Best of John Michael Montgomery

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The Very Best of John Michael Montgomery is truly the crème de la crème, given that the tall Kentuckian has sold more than 15 million albums and filled a trophy case with multiplatinum awards. This 20-song set highlights the secret of Monty's success: good songs about loving hard and long, keeping the faith, dedication to loved ones, and celebrating joys. And be it a ballad or a barn burner, his sturdy baritone voice can dig in and bring passion or enthusiasm to the moment. All the essentials are here, including enduring ballads such as "I Swear" and "I Love the Way You Love Me"; the well-observed tale of a young girl's salvation from a violent home, "This Little Girl," ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The Very Best of John Michael Montgomery is truly the crème de la crème, given that the tall Kentuckian has sold more than 15 million albums and filled a trophy case with multiplatinum awards. This 20-song set highlights the secret of Monty's success: good songs about loving hard and long, keeping the faith, dedication to loved ones, and celebrating joys. And be it a ballad or a barn burner, his sturdy baritone voice can dig in and bring passion or enthusiasm to the moment. All the essentials are here, including enduring ballads such as "I Swear" and "I Love the Way You Love Me"; the well-observed tale of a young girl's salvation from a violent home, "This Little Girl," which features Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski's vocal support; the fiddle-fired "Life's a Dance," a timeless bit of gently rocking, homespun philosophy; and the raucous, neo-honky-tonk workout "Be My Baby Tonight," replete with some Jerry Lee–style piano, soaring twin guitar solos, and frenetic fiddling. As a bonus, Montgomery cut two new songs for the album: "Cool," a father's perceptive look back at his youthful follies as he sees himself in his own son's eyes, and the deliberate, heartfelt pledge "One Day Less," which figures to rank with Montgomery's best love songs. Here's a collection of solid mainstream country by a fellow who puts his soul into every song, keeps his nose to the grindstone, and does good work each time out.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
For the millions of fans who have made John Michael Montgomery a major country music star, and who probably already own most if not all of the eight albums from which this best-of is drawn, the main appeal of this album will be functional: it pulls together a disproportionate number of the power ballads for which he is justly famous, making this a heartland makeout record of considerable utility. It also features two previously unreleased power ballads, "Cool" and "One Day Less." Not every song here is a heart-tugging love song, but most of them are, and those are the best ones. Lyrically, this stuff is exquisitely predictable: she's strong, life goes on, she thinks he's wonderful even though he's just a regular guy, she's his best friend, they've been through some tough times and now he loves her more than ever, love can move a mountain, etc. But to complain about that would be to miss the point; mainstream country music is about meeting expectations, not confounding them, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. That said, there are one or two mild surprises, such as the unusually complex and soulful "Angel in My Eyes" and the Alison Krauss/Dan Tyminski cameo on the tearjerking "Little Girl." They're not surprising enough to be a problem, though. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227391829
  • Catalog Number: 73918
  • Sales rank: 16,184

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Be My Baby Tonight (2:51)
  2. 2 Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident) (2:31)
  3. 3 Life's a Dance (3:09)
  4. 4 I Swear (4:25)
  5. 5 The Little Girl - Dan Tyminski (3:53)
  6. 6 If You've Got Love (3:55)
  7. 7 I Love the Way You Love Me (4:02)
  8. 8 Cover You in Kisses (3:55)
  9. 9 Rope the Moon (4:07)
  10. 10 I Can Love You Like That (3:54)
  11. 11 How Was I to Know (4:17)
  12. 12 Hold on to Me (4:11)
  13. 13 No Man's Land (3:04)
  14. 14 Home to You (3:30)
  15. 15 Friends (3:53)
  16. 16 Angel in My Eyes (3:32)
  17. 17 Long as I Live (4:15)
  18. 18 'Til Nothing Comes Between Us (4:44)
  19. 19 Cool (3:38)
  20. 20 One Day Less (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Michael Montgomery Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Richard Fagan Composer
Jerry Holland Composer
Rick Bowles Composer
Harley Allen Composer
James Austin Producer
Gary Baker Composer
Keith Blake Remastering
Buddy Cannon Producer
Chuck Cannon Composer
Steve Diamond Composer
Garth Fundis Producer
Byron Gallimore Producer
Scott Hendricks Producer, Engineering
Jennifer Kimball Composer
Josh Leo Composer
Stan Lynch Composer
John Michael Montgomery Producer
Frank J. Myers Composer
Csaba Petocz Producer
Robb Royer Composer
Mark D. Sanders Composer
Bob Seger Composer
Allen Shamblin Composer
Victoria Shaw Composer
John Scott Sherrill Composer
Michael Timmins Composer
Norro Wilson Producer
Robert K. Oermann Liner Notes
William Robinson Composer
Sarah Light Composer
Jimmy Denton Composer
Beverly Parker Cover Photo
Paige Levy Producer
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Will Rambeaux Composer
Rebecca Marshall Composer
Tony Marty Composer
Arlos Smith Composer
Aggie Brown Composer
Jess Brown Composer
Blair Daly Composer
Maribeth Derry Composer
Doug Johnson Producer
Jerry Kilgore Composer
Valerie Valera Art Direction
Brice Long Composer
Brett Jones Composer
Steve Seskin Composer
Ed "G.E." Hill Composer
Kerry Harvick Composer
Tony Mullins Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Generous collection of commercial honky tonk and ballads

    The son of a Kentucky musician whose own Nashville dreams never came true, John Michael Montgomery kept a bit of his daddy's hometown grit, even as he put together an impressive string of Nashville-produced hit albums and singles. This generous compilation offers twenty tracks, and collects nearly every significant hit single that Montgomery's had in his twelve year recording career. ¶ Montgomery's first hits, the ballads "Life's a Dance" and "I Love the Way You Love Me," had a middle-of-the-road sweetness that hit an emotional chord with both record buyers and award givers -- the second single was the ACM song-of-the-year for 1993. The love songs continued in 1994 with, "I Swear," as did the awards (ACM song-of-the-year and single-of-the-year). As with most of Montgomery's ballads, the country flavor is to be found almost entirely in his vocals. There's a hint of steel, but the drums-guitars-bass-keyboard backing could just as easily host a pop vocalist (in fact, the song was covered by the R&B group All-4-One and netted a grammy). It's the slight edge in Montgomery's voice, the phrasings, and the down-home sentimentality of the lyrics that brings his slow songs into the country arena. ¶ Later in 1994 his singles began to capitalize on Montgomery's uptempo numbers, charting with the rowdy country-rocker "Be My Baby Tonight" and the mid-tempo "If You've Got Love." Both tracks kick up the twangy guitars and fiddle of a honky-tonk bred backing. His releases continued mix ballads and up-tempo tunes, including the lightning-quick auctioneer's cadence of "Sold (The Grundy Country Auction Incident)" and the contemplation of his father's death, "I Miss You a Little." The latter, unfortunately, is missing from this collection. ¶ By 1996 Montgomery was mostly charting ballads, variously edging more towards the center and bringing a bigger dose of his country sound down-tempo. "Angel in My Eyes" is more contemporary pop than country, but 1998's "Cover You in Kisses" has a superb melody anchored by a strong underline of steel and fiddle. Montgomery's last #1 single, 2000's "The Little Girl" features Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski on harmony vocals. ¶ In addition to seven #1s (seventeen top-5s!), this collection adds "'Til Nothing Comes Between Us" from the "Pictures" album, and a pair of newly recorded tracks: the waltz-time generation gap tale "Cool," and the romantic "One Less Day." This is a terrific overview and introduction to Montgomery's hitmaking career. Though it's missing the top-5 "Cowboy Love" and top-10 "I Miss You a Little," it's probably the more complete pick over his 1997 "Greatest Hits" LP.

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