50 Number Ones

December 8, 2016 - Comment

For over twenty years George has remained at the forefront in an industry always looking for the fresh new thing. George’s always consistent vocals, song quality and constant charm have continued to earn the respect of his peers and audiences alike. This first ever collection of George’s 50 #1 career singles is a 2-CD set

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For over twenty years George has remained at the forefront in an industry always looking for the fresh new thing. George’s always consistent vocals, song quality and constant charm have continued to earn the respect of his peers and audiences alike. This first ever collection of George’s 50 #1 career singles is a 2-CD set including ‘I Hate Everything’ the new single showing signs that George isn’t satisfied with just 50 #1′s.When George Strait’s “She’ll Leave You With a Smile” moved to the top of the country charts in early 2003, the handsome Lone Star crooner bested Conway Twitty for the most No. 1 singles by a solo artist. This collection of 50 chart-toppers, spanning 22 years, showcases the Cadillac of country singers at his best, blending traditional and contemporary stylings, but never straying too far from the core of his Texas barroom sound. “Fool Hearted Memory,” from 1982, proves that Strait had his uncluttered production and straightforward vocal approach down from the start, no matter how many producers guided him to his peak. Through the years, the path to superstardom dictated that he trade the crisp Western swing of “Right or Wrong” and “Ace in the Hole” for squishy, mid-tempo crowd pleasers like “Check Yes or No” and “Write This Down.” But he redeemed himself with such poignant heartbreakers as “So Much Like My Dad” and “…Smile.” This retrospective’s one new track, “I Hate Everything,” about a man in a bar who’s besotted more from pain than whiskey, doesn’t match up with the singer’s best material, but it’s still got that irresistible Strait hook: average-guy sincerity wrapped in a down-to-earth heart. –Alanna Nash

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Zoa Vieites says:

Sandro I’m not a huge country fan but I always have loved some old George Strait and consider him a “classic” country performer at this point. Generally not too “twangy” and a very listenable style for those of us who do enjoy the sound. This collection covers a lot of his career and has a number of songs I’ve never heard. I’ve been enjoying it and now have a total of 3 George Strait CD’s that seem to cover everything I want to own. Glad I found this one and have been enjoying the…

Anonymous says:

No matter what George sings, it is ALWAYS great. I always wanted to see him in concert, but never got the chance to go. We need more great country singers like him today. Some of the new country songs are not country any more…..more like rock n roll, which I like, but not from country singers. I like many of the old country songs before George’s time, but there will never be another George Strait. No one compares to him and I miss hearing him on the radio more often so I am grateful to have…

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