Q - 6/00, p.1294 stars out of 5
- "...This is his third greatest hits album. It's also very good. Strait's music always swings in a Texas manner..."
Personnel: George Strait, Alan Jackson (vocals); Steve Gibson (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Steve Nathan (keyboards); Glann Worf (bass); Eddie Bayers (drums); Lee Ann Womack, Liana Manis, Wes Hightower (background vocals).
Engineers: Chuck Ainlay, Steve Marcantonio.
Recorded at Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Paul Kinsbury.
"Murder On Music Row" (with Alan Jackson) won the 2000 CMA Award for Vocal Event Of The Year.
"Murder On Music Row" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Awards for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.
Personnel: George Strait (vocals, background vocals); Steve Gibson (guitar); Brent Mason (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Stuart Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Steve Nathan (keyboards); Glenn Worf (bass guitar); Eddie Bayers (drums); Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, Wes Hightower, Liana Manis (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: John Guess.
Liner Note Author: Paul Kingsbury.
Recording information: Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, TN (04/19/1994-10/27/1999); The Sound Station (04/19/1994-10/27/1999).
With George Strait, the hits literally do keep on coming. At the start of the 21st century, more than 20 years into his career, this elder statesman of "New Country" still racked up Number-Ones effortlessly. The secret, of course, is in the songs. Strait's real talent is his ability to choose outstanding material, and there's a hefty chunk of it on this CD, which collects his mid-to-late '90s hits.
It's all here, from the Cajun stomp and rockin' rhythms of "Adalida" and "We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This," to the breezy catchiness of "Carrying Your Love With Me, " "True," and "Blue Clear Sky," to the heartache of "King of the Mountain" and "Today My World Slipped Away." The brilliant "Check Yes Or No" is MIA, but the CD does offer two new cuts, "The Best Day," a father/son ballad, and "Murder on Music Row," a duet with Alan Jackson. The latter is a neat gimmick: two "real" country singers recording a scathing put-down of Shania Twain-type country. But LATEST GREATEST proves that Strait is entitled to scold his colleagues for not "keeping it country." After all, he always has--and look where he ended up.