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Totally Country, Vol. 4
     

Totally Country, Vol. 4

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The Totally Country series, like its pop-oriented NOW counterpart, rises and falls on whether the time it chronicles was any good for hit singles. Sometimes, there's only a handful of engaging tunes, other times well over half of the featured tracks are first-rate. Totally Country, Vol. 4 fits into the latter category, filled with songs that are

Overview

The Totally Country series, like its pop-oriented NOW counterpart, rises and falls on whether the time it chronicles was any good for hit singles. Sometimes, there's only a handful of engaging tunes, other times well over half of the featured tracks are first-rate. Totally Country, Vol. 4 fits into the latter category, filled with songs that are terribly entertaining long after they've been played to death on the radio. While some of these songs are merely enjoyable, some qualify as instant classics. In particular, there's Toby Keith's warm, funny honky tonk anthem "I Love This Bar," Gretchen Wilson's kicking "Redneck Woman," Big & Rich's gonzo "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," and a pair of beach-ready tunes in Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" and Blake Shelton's "Some Beach." These are songs that define what modern country is, and when combined with first-rate entries from Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, John Michael Montgomery, George Strait, and Montgomery Gentry -- and not to mention solid tunes from Clay Walker, Sara Evans, los Lonely Boys, and Buddy Jewell -- this is easily the best Totally Country yet. If you want to know what mainstream country sounded like in the middle of the 2000s, turn here.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
Label:
Bmg Marketing
UPC:
0828766728729
catalogNumber:
67287

Tracks

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Clint Black   Producer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
George Strait   Producer
Bobby Braddock   Producer
Toby Keith   Composer,Producer
Monte Warden   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
Tony Brown   Producer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Blake Chancey   Producer
Kenny Chesney   Producer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Dann Huff   Producer
Donny Kees   Composer
Blake Mevis   Composer
John Michael Montgomery   Producer
Tim Nichols   Composer
John Porter   Producer
Bruce Robison   Composer
Brent Rowan   Producer
Mark Sanders   Composer
Joe Scaife   Producer
Keith Stegall   Producer
James Stroud   Producer
Norro Wilson   Producer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Paul Worley   Producer
Chely Wright   Composer
Mark Wright   Producer
Clay Walker   Composer,Producer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Gary Allan   Producer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Tony Lane   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Sara Evans   Composer,Producer
Richie McDonald   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Randy Boudreaux   Composer
Maribeth Derry   Composer
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Henry Garza   Composer
Alan Fletcher   Executive Producer
Clint Daniels   Composer
Brad Paisley   Composer
Big Kenny   Composer,Producer
Frank Rogers   Producer
Don Sampson   Composer
Jimmy Ritchey   Producer
Paul Barnabee   Executive Producer
Buddy Jewell   Composer
Christophe Dubois   Composer
Gretchen Wilson   Composer
John Rich   Composer,Producer
Ringo Garza   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer

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Totally Country, Vol. 4 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Volume 4 of this series scoops up another 17 mainstream country hits across multiple labels, providing a one-stop shop for catching up on recent chart action. There are no real surprises here (which would be tough to do, given the radio exposure these cuts received), but these songs were hits for a reason: they stand up to repeated listening. The one really different sounding song is the R‘n’B styled “Heaven” from Los Lonely Boys. It's hard to imagine why this would be a country hit, but it sure is catchy! If you like this cut, be sure to check out Los Lobos, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana and others. ¶ Highlights abound, including Alan Jackson’s wishful “That’d Be Alright,” Gretchen Wilson’s hell-raisin’ “Red Neck Woman,” Toby Keith’s warm Saturday-night anthem, “I Love This Bar,” and George Strait’s cover of Bruce Robison’s terrific “Desperately” (check out the original of the latter on Robison’s CD “Wrapped,” along with the original of “Angry All the Time”). Buddy Jewel’s “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)” shows the Nashville Star winner to have a confident, easy style not unlike George Strait. ¶ Kenny Chesney’s breezy “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” and Blake Shelton’s Jimmy Buffet styled “Some Beach” make a nice pair placed back-to-back, and even farther down-tempo there are ballads that include Brad Paisley’s “Little Moments,” John Michael Montgomery’s touching war-time “Letters From Home,” Gary Allan’s “Tough Little Boys,” and Clay Walker’s “I Can’t Sleep.” ¶ As should be expected, many of these tracks cross-over into other genres. Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” features Western-themed lyrics and edgings of banjo and fiddle, but it’s basically a pop-rock song. A good pop-rock song, but heavier on the power chords than the Carter Family probably every struck up. Similarly, Sara Evans’ “Perfect” plays her superbly country-tinged voice against guitars and drums that are more power-pop than Opry acoustic. ¶ This is a nicely programmed disc that gives modern country fans a chance to hear their favorites without commercial interruption!