The Very Best of Randy Travis

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
This exemplary 20-song overview of Randy Travis's vocal artistry leaves the listener hungering for more -- and for that, try the Rhino box set, Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology, from 2002. Which is not to imply that something vital is missing in this No. 1-dotted track list. No, this is choice Randy Travis, from the gospel-flavored, career-launching heartbreaker "Diggin' Up Bones" to the more recent gem "Three Wooden Crosses," a philosophical musing on the intersection of life, death, and spirituality. In between are many of the evergreens that form the musical foundation of one of country's greatest singers: "Honky Tonk Moon," the bluesy, dreamy ballad that...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
This exemplary 20-song overview of Randy Travis's vocal artistry leaves the listener hungering for more -- and for that, try the Rhino box set, Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology, from 2002. Which is not to imply that something vital is missing in this No. 1-dotted track list. No, this is choice Randy Travis, from the gospel-flavored, career-launching heartbreaker "Diggin' Up Bones" to the more recent gem "Three Wooden Crosses," a philosophical musing on the intersection of life, death, and spirituality. In between are many of the evergreens that form the musical foundation of one of country's greatest singers: "Honky Tonk Moon," the bluesy, dreamy ballad that gave Travis an opportunity to validate his chops as a crooner; the easygoing, timeless love song, "Forever and Ever, Amen"; "Is It Still Over," one of the wittiest, most bittersweet breakup songs of its time "I assume that since my phone still ain't ringin' / it still ain't you," he pines; a country single mix, with pronounced R&B overtones, of the moving "It's Just a Matter of Time"; and the mid-tempo declaration of fidelity and all consuming love, "Deeper than a Holler." The spirits of Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard, Travis's vocal touchstones, are ever present, but the magic he works with a lyric is wholly his own, his choice of shadings and phrasings revealing an interpreter of the highest order. This disc is a powerful monument to a body of work that has gained added luster over time.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There have been plenty of Randy Travis compilations, from the initial 1992 Greatest Hits to Rhino's superb 2002 double-disc set Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology, but there is still place in his catalog for Rhino's 2004 The Very Best of Randy Travis. Essentially, this is a single-disc distillation of Trail of Memories, with 19 of its 20 tracks also featured on the previous compilations -- and it's not just that they're duplicated, it's that these are the same versions, the same single edits and mixes, that were on the two-CD set. The one new track is "Three Wooden Crosses," a 2003 single that became his first country chart-topper since 1994. It's a welcome addition, but not enough to make this necessary to anybody who already owns Trail of Memories, but for those who don't have that excellent collection, this is worth considering since it covers the same ground more concisely, providing the best single-disc overview of Travis released to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227899622
  • Catalog Number: 78996
  • Sales rank: 10,530

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On The Other Hand
  2. 2 Diggin’ Up Bones
  3. 3 Forever And Ever, Amen
  4. 4 Too Gone Too Long
  5. 5 I Told You So
  6. 6 I Won’t Need You Anymore (Always And Forever)
  7. 7 Honky Tonk Moon
  8. 8 Deeper Than The Holler
  9. 9 Is It Still Over?
  10. 10 It’s Just A Matter Of Time
  11. 11 Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart
  12. 12 He Walked On Water
  13. 13 Heroes And Friends
  14. 14 Forever Together
  15. 15 Better Class Of Losers
  16. 16 I’m Gonna Have A Little Talk
  17. 17 If I Didn’t Have You
  18. 18 Look Heart, No Hands
  19. 19 Whisper My Name
  20. 20 Three Wooden Crosses
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Travis Primary Artist, Vocals
Russ Barenberg Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Verlon Thompson Background Vocals
Take 6 Background Vocals
David Thomas Group Member
Greg Walker Background Vocals
Carol Chase Background Vocals
Steve Gibson Dobro, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Bobby Wood Keyboards
Eric Darken Percussion
Troy Seals Choir, Chorus
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Kathie Baillie Choir, Chorus
Eddie Bayers Drums
Michael Bonagura Jr. Choir, Chorus
Dennis Burnside Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Larry Byrom Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar
Alvin Chea Group Member
Cherry Sisters Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Doug Clements Group Member
Shane Keister Organ
Cedric Dent Group Member
Béla Fleck Banjo
Roy Galloway Background Vocals
Doyle Grisham Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Sherilyn Huffman Group Member
David Hungate Bass
John Jarvis Piano
Joey Kibble Group Member
Mark Kibble Group Member
Kyle Lehning Wurlitzer
Paul Leim Drums
Steve Lindsey Synthesizer, Kurzweil Strings
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason Electric Guitar, 6-string bass
Claude V. McKnight III Group Member
Gordon Mote Keyboards
Louis Dean Nunley Group Member
Mark O'Connor Fiddle
Dean Parks Guitar, Soloist
Richard Perry Bass (Vocal)
Suzy Ragsdale Background Vocals
Cindy Richardson Walker Background Vocals
Tom Roady Percussion
Darrell Scott Background Vocals
Allen Shamblin Choir, Chorus
Lisa Silver Background Vocals, Group Member
Keith Stegall Choir, Chorus
Diane Vanette Group Member
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Electric Guitar
Fred White Background Vocals
Jack Williams Bass
Curtis Young Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
John Barlow Jarvis Piano
Larrie Londin Drums
Lib Hatcher Choir, Chorus
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson Harmonica
Martha Sharp Choir, Chorus
Tennessee Background Vocals
Don Schlitz Choir, Chorus
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Larry Beaird Acoustic Guitar
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Skip Ewing Composer
Paul Overstreet Composer
Randy Travis Composer
Brook Benton Composer
Max D. Barnes Composer
Larry Henley Composer
Troy Seals Composer
Ken Bell Composer
Joseph Bogan Engineer
Al Gore Composer
Belford Hendricks Composer
Alan Jackson Composer
Kyle Lehning Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Steve Lindsey String Arrangements
Clyde Otis Composer
Richard Perry Producer, Audio Production
Gene Pistilli Composer
Hugh Prestwood Composer
Allen Shamblin Composer
Russell Smith Composer
Keith Stegall Producer, Audio Production
Robert K. Oermann Liner Notes
Jason Lehning Engineer
Kirt Odle Engineer
Kim Williams Composer
John Condon Engineer
Trey Bruce Composer
Maria Villar Art Direction
Pam Francis Cover Photo
Ben Harris Engineer
Pat Kraus Remastering
Don Schlitz Composer
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