Saturday, July 09, 2016

Listening to George, BONUS

If you want to follow along with all the posts in this project, they're all tagged George Strait Project

I should probably mention that by 1987, he's already released TWO greatest hits albums. The first greatest hits album was released in 1985. It featured ten songs:

Unwound (live)
Down and Out (live)
If You're Thinking You Want A Stranger
Fool Hearted Memory (live)
Marina del Rey (live)
Amarillo by Morning (live)
A Fire I Can't Put Out (live)
You Look So Good In Love
Right or Wrong (live)
Let's Fall To Pieces Together

It's a good thing I don't have to pick a favorite from this greatest hits album, right?! Though I could probably pick a top three: You Look So Good In Love, Amarillo by Morning, and Fool Hearted Memory. (But not in any particular order!)

The second greatest hits album was released in 1987. It features ten songs:

Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
The Cowboy Rides Away (live)
The Fireman (live)
The Chair
You're Something Special To Me
Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her
It Ain't Cool To Be Crazy About You
Ocean Front Property
All My Exes Live in Texas
Am I Blue

From this second album, if I "had" to pick a top three, I'd go with The Chair, The Cowboy Rides Away, and Ocean Front Property.

Of the twenty songs on his first two greatest hits albums, do you have a favorite? or two or three?!
All of these songs charted between 1981 and 1987. Down and Out only got to #16. But the rest of them did very well. I am a little surprised that The Cowboy Rides Away never made it to #1...and neither did Amarillo by Morning. These two come to mind oh-so-easily when I think of George Strait.

Though released in 1991, Ten Strait Hits features ten hit songs from 1988-1990. Songs from the album include:

Famous Last Words of A Fool
Baby Blue
If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')
Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye
What's Going On In Your World
Ace in the Hole
Overnight Success
Love Without End, Amen
Drinking Champagne
I've Come To Expect It From You 

If I had to pick a top three from this album, I'd go with Baby Blue, Ace in the Hole,'s just too hard to choose between Famous Last Words of a Fool and Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye. 

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