The Very Best of Tracy Lawrence

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
History may indeed be kinder to Tracy Lawrence than anyone thought. Sure, there are the eight million albums, and seven number one singles in the country charts, but while Garth Brooks and Clint Black are considered legends, Lawrence would seem to be forgotten by all but the most faithful. Truth is, Lawrence is a better -- and purer -- country singer than both put together. It seems that no less than an authority than Rhino Records, the gold standard in reissues, sees that too. This massive 21-cut collection documents his biggest selling years at Atlantic beginning with 1991's Sticks and Stones, and continues through his 2003 DreamWorks release Strong. The singles are all ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
History may indeed be kinder to Tracy Lawrence than anyone thought. Sure, there are the eight million albums, and seven number one singles in the country charts, but while Garth Brooks and Clint Black are considered legends, Lawrence would seem to be forgotten by all but the most faithful. Truth is, Lawrence is a better -- and purer -- country singer than both put together. It seems that no less than an authority than Rhino Records, the gold standard in reissues, sees that too. This massive 21-cut collection documents his biggest selling years at Atlantic beginning with 1991's Sticks and Stones, and continues through his 2003 DreamWorks release Strong. The singles are all here, but it goes deeper than that. There are four cuts each from Sticks and Stones, Alibis, I See It Now, and Time Marches On. From 1991-1993, Lawrence was always near the top of the charts either with singles or albums. That's an excellent run. That the industry in Nashville moved away from neo-traditionalism and toward pop and rock has no bearing on the quality of his work; indeed, 2007's For the Love, released on the tiny Rocky Comfort imprint, stands with his best material. The time is right for this kind of retrospective, where listeners can encounter a modern version of a real country singer. In addition to more than an hour's worth of great music, Melinda Newman's liner notes are exhaustive and engaging, adding to the true definitive nature of this collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227998165
  • Catalog Number: 171708
  • Sales rank: 11,968

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tracy Lawrence Primary Artist
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Percussion, Drums
Bruce Bouton Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Dennis Burnside Piano, Hammond Organ
Larry Byrom Acoustic Guitar
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Hi String
Deryl Dodd Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Franklin Dobro, Steel Guitar, Pedalbro
Sonny Garrish Dobro, Steel Guitar
Jack Gavin Drums
Rob Hajacos Fiddle, Hoedown
Tony Harrell Piano, Keyboards
Dann Huff Electric Guitar
Chris Leuzinger Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Gary Lunn Bass
Liana Manis Background Vocals
Brent Mason Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Terry McMillan Harmonica, Percussion
Steve Nathan Piano, Keyboards
Dave Pomeroy Bass
Brent Rowan Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Hank Singer Fiddle
Milton Sledge Drums
Joe Spivey Fiddle, Guitar
James Stroud Percussion, Drums
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson Percussion, Drums
Glenn Worf Bass
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Flip Anderson Piano
Rick Huckaby Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Gary E. Smith Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Dennis Wilson Quintet Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Larry Boone Composer
Tracy Lawrence Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tommy Smith Composer
Bobby Braddock Composer
Mike Bradley Engineer
Charles Browder Composer
Butch Carr Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Don Cook Producer, Audio Production
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Elroy Kahanek Composer
Julian King Engineer
Nelson Larkin Composer
Paul Nelson Composer
Lynn Peterzell Engineer
Mark D. Sanders Composer
James Stroud Producer, Audio Production
Craig Wiseman Composer
Woody Lee Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Flip Anderson Producer, Audio Production
Matthew Barnes Cover Photo
Maria Villar Art Direction
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Pat McMacon Engineer
Kenny Beard Composer
Kirk Roth Composer
Randy Boudreaux Composer
Earl Clark Composer
Stan Paul Davis Composer
Roger Dillon Composer
Elbert West Composer
Brett Jones Composer
Becky Wagner Marketing
John Jarrad Composer
Buck Moore Composer
Ed Hill Composer
Melinda Newman Liner Notes
Gary Duffy Composer
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