Personnel: Joe Don Rooney, Dann Huff, Tom Bukovac (guitar, electric guitar); Dan Huff (guitar); Larry Beaird (acoustic guitar, banjo); Jerry McPherson, Brent Mason (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Jonathan Yudkin (banjo, mandolin, violin, fiddle, viola, cello); Alyssa Park, John Wittenberg, Mario de Le¢n, Roberto Cani, Peter Kent, Armen Garabedian, Josefina Vergara, Charlie Bisharat, Tereza Stanislav (violin); Daniel Smith , Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett (cello); Tim Akers (accordion, keyboards); Steve Nathan , Gordon Mote (piano, keyboards); Brian D. Siewart, Charles Judge (keyboards); Chris McHugh, Lonnie Wilson (drums); Eric Darken (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Justin Niebank; Marty Williams .
Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Cayman Islands; Emerald Entertainment; Hopscotch Studios; Masterfonics, Nashville, TN; Ocean Way Nashville; Quad Studios, Nashville, TN; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN; SoundStage; Starstruck; The Sound Kitchen, Nashville, TN; The Tracking room; The Work Station.
Rascal Flatts sold more albums than any other country band of the 2000s, but even so, there's no denying that they're a quintessential singles act -- which makes this first compilation of hits most welcome. Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 contains 13 tracks, which is enough to include all the major hits from "Praying for Daylight" to "What Hurts the Most" but not quite enough to cover every charting single they've had. Surprisingly, there are some pretty big hits like "Me and My Gang" and "Take Me There" missing, but their absence isn't enough to keep this from being a good collection of highlights from Rascal Flatts' first five albums. [Lyric Street reissued the album in 2009.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine