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18 February 2011
Ricky Van Shelton - RVS III & Backloads
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Few stars of country music have risen as fast, shone as brightly as Ricky Van Shelton. Between 1987 and 1992 he released more than 20 hit singles – including 10 #1’s, 5 of them consecutive – and 5 Top 10 albums, three of which also made #1. His records were played continuously on country radio, and he went from winning the Country Music Association’s "Horizon Award” for best newcomer in 1998 to becoming their "Male Vocalist of The Year” just 12 months later.
"RVS III” was a success that most artists could only dream of. The album hit No 1 and the hit singles just poured out of it. ‘I’ve Cried My Last Tear For You’ was a chart-topper, the 50s-style crooning of ‘Statue Of A Fool’ made it to No 2, as did ‘I Meant Every Word He Said’, while ‘Life’s Little Ups and Downs’ could have been viewed as a disappointment, only reaching No 4.
"Backroads”, released in 1991, was another huge success with Shelton at the height of his powers. The album itself stalled at No 3 (although it went platinum) but the first three singles from the record all hit the top of the charts. The first was the jolly ‘Rocking Years’, a duet with Dolly Parton (which also appeared on Parton’s ‘Eagle When She Flies’ album that same year), and which was followed by ‘I Am A Simple Man’ and ‘Keep It Between The Lines’. The title track, reached No 2. By any standards, Shelton’s career was rocking.Doug Stone - Doug Stone/I Thought It Was You
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Since hitting country stardom in 1990, Doug Stone has had four No 1s, 15 Top 10 hits and has sold more than five million records.
The debut album "Doug Stone” was the stuff of dreams, bringing four hits. Firstly ‘Pine Box’, with its classic country despair, reached No 5, then ‘Fourteen Minutes Old’ and ‘These Lips Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye’ made it into the Top 10 before ‘In A Different Light’ hit No 1. It was a crazy start to a career that had taken so long to get into gear. And it wasn’t just the hits. The whole album was a top-notch collection of songs and performances, which reached No 12 and went platinum.
Before he’d barely had time to sit down and reflect on his success, Stone was off and running on the second. The result was "I Thought It Was You” another million-selling album (it also reached No 12, another platinum seller) and a trio of hits: the title track and the splendidly-titled ‘Come Out Of The Pain’ both went Top 5 while ‘A Jukebox With A Country Song’, one of the great honky-tonk bar numbers, became Stone’s second No 1.
Johnny Duncan - Thinkin Of A Rendezvous: Columbia Country Hits 69-80'
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Johnny Duncan racked up more than forty hits with three of them No.1 chart toppers.
In all he placed 39 tracks on the Billboard country chart between 1967 and 1986.
We have selected 23 of his chart hits for this compilation including his three No.1 hits, ‘Thinkin’ Of A Rendezvous’, ‘It Couldn’t Have Been Any Better’ both featuring country music singer Janie Fricke & ‘She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed (Anytime)’.
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John Conlee made more than a dozen albums between 1978 and 2006, tapping into the urban cowboy scene with his low-key yet eloquently sad roadhouse delivery and some more than decent songs, some of the best of them self-penned.
Overall, there have been 29 single releases throughout the years with 26 of them charting in the top 20 or better. Eight of those 26 have reached the coveted No. 1 spot on the national country charts.
"American Faces” and "Harmony” – comes from when Conlee was making some of his most sophisticated and engaging music. The albums were also to provide his last look at the Top 10, and his last chart-topper.
The single ‘Got My Heart Set On You’, written by Dobie Gray, went straight to the top of the charts at No1. The album "Harmony” reached No 9. It was swiftly followed by another that same year, "American Faces”, which reached No 16, well up there with some of his earlier albums, and which brought another couple of hits ‘Domestic Life’, ‘Mama’s Rocking Chair’. ‘Living Like There’s No Tomorrow (Finally Got To Me Tonight)’ was the third single from the album.
Johnny Paycheck - The Outlaw's Prayer: Epic Country Hits 71-81'
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In country music’s roster of great honky tonk singers, Johnny Paycheck is without doubt one of the greatest. In 1977 he enjoyed his only country chart No.1 with the classic novelty, ‘Take This Job And Shove It’ a record so huge all across America it inspired scores of examples of industrial action, became an anthem for America’s blue collar workforce and inspired a movie of the same title.
In all he accumulated sixty country chart hits between 1965 and 1989 and placed twenty albums on the country LP charts between 1966 and 1987. An achievement that places him within the top 100 country performers of all time.
Collected on this CD are 26 country hits he enjoyed on Epic Records between 1971 and 1981
John Anderson - Seminole Wind & Solid Ground
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Anderson has now been a star for more than three decades. He has
recorded twenty-two studio albums and charted more than 40 singles on
the Billboard country music charts, including five No 1s.
by many as a comeback album, "Seminole Wind” was released in 1991 and
reached No 10 in the country charts and No 35 in the mainstream charts.
The title track hit No 2, while ‘Straight tequila Night’, became his
first chart topper in almost a decade.
of the highpoints is the version of Mark Knopfler’s Dire Straits tune
‘When It Comes To You’, which featured Knopfler on guitar and which,
creditably, reached No 3. There was also a lively, honky-tonk version of
the Tony Joe White song ‘Steamy Windows’. Add to that the likes of
‘Cold Day in Hell,’ a tear-jerking ballad, and ‘Look Away,’ a witty,
some may say thought-provoking, take on the Deep South, and you’ve got a
all-important follow-up album, from 1993, was "Solid Ground”, a title
that says it all. Building firmly on what has gone before, the record
reached No 12 in the country charts and quickly threw up another No 1,
the cheerful yet thankful ‘Money In The Bank’. The album led to Anderson
being nominated for Male Vocalist, Song of the Year and Album of the
Year. It was also the year that Anderson received the Academy of Country
Music Career Achievement award.
Ronnie Milsap - Lost In The Fifties Tonight/ Heart & Soul
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From the mid 70s to the early 90s, Ronnie Milsap was one of the biggest stars in Country music, "Lost In The Fifties Tonight” was one of his biggest albums reaching No.1 on the country charts in 1986 and its follow up "Heart & Soul” was one of his last top 20 country album chart hits. The two albums between them spawned 7 country single No.1s and in total between 1973 and 1989 Ronnie placed 35 singles at No.1 on Billboards country chart.
Along the way he accumulated four Academy Of Country Music Awards, eight CMAs and six Grammy awards.
The track and album, "Lost In The Fifties Tonight” is his most honored work receiving the following awards.
Academy Of Country Music 1985 Song Of The Year,
Billboard No.1 Country Song of 1985, Country Music Association 1986 Album Of The Year and 1985 Grammy Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
In 1988 Ronnie snagged another Grammy for his Kenny Rogers duet from "Heart & Soul, ‘Make No Mistake She’s Mine’ in the Best Country Vocal Performance, Duet category.