Earl Thomas Conley was one of the most successful country singers of the 1980s. His eighteen Billboard No. 1 country singles during the 1980s marked the largest number of #1 hits by any artist in any genre during that decade.
Throughout his career, Conley’s music was frequently referred to as “thinking man’s country”, a title earned because of an ability to look into the heart and soul of his characters in each song with many of them carrying fragments of his own life in the lyrics.
This collection of 40 tracks from four complete albums provides plenty of opportunity for listeners to agree that country music really doesn’t get any better than this. It contains 14 hit singles including 11 #1s and 2 #2s.
“Somewhere Between Right and Wrong” was released in 1982 and spent 60 weeks on the Billboard country chart. It includes the hits ‘Somewhere Between Right and Wrong’, ‘Heavenly Bodies’ and ‘I Have Loved You Girl (But Not Like This Before)’.
“Don’t Make It Easy For Me” was released in 1983 and spent a staggering 97 weeks on the charts. It contains 4 #1 hits ‘Don’t Make It Easy For Me’, ‘Your Love’s On The Line’, ‘Holding Her and Loving You’ and ‘Angel In Disguise’.
“Treadin’ Water” from 1984 remained in the charts for 46 weeks. It includes 3 #1 hits ‘Chance Of Loving You’, ‘Honor Bound’ and ‘Love Don’t Care (Whose Heart It Breaks)’.
The title track of the fourth album in this collection “Too Many Times” is a duet with Anita Pointer (of the Grammy winning Pointer Sisters). It reached #2 in the singles chart. The album was released in 1986 spending 49 weeks on the chart. It also included 3 #1 hits ‘I Can’t Win For Losing You’, ‘Right From The Start’ and ‘That Was A Close One’.
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG
1. HEAVENLY BODIES
2. DON’T GET ALONG WITH THE BLUES
3. THIS AIN’T NO WAY TO BE
4. IF IT AIN’T SOMETHING (YOU GIVE ME)
5. THE HIGHWAY HOME
6. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG
7. WE’VE GOT ALL NIGHT
8. BOTTLED-UP BLUES
9. I HAVE LOVED YOU GIRL (BUT NOT LIKE THIS BEFORE)
10. THE MAN INSIDE OF ME DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR ME
11. DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR ME
12. YOUR LOVE’S ON THE LINE
13. HOLDING HER AND LOVING YOU
14. YOU CAN’T GO ON (LIKE A ROLLING STONE)
15. CROWD AROUND THE CORNER
16. BALL AND CHAIN
17. ANGEL IN DISGUISE
18. UNDER CONTROL
19. CHANGES OF LOVE
20. HOME SO FINE
1. TOO HOT TO HANDLE
2. LOVE DON’T CARE (WHOSE HEART IT BREAKS)
3. LABOR OF LOVE
4. YOUR LOVE SAYS ALL THERE IS
5. LOVE’S ON THE MOVE AGAIN
6. CHANCE OF LOVIN’ YOU
7. HONOR BOUND
8. TREADIN’ WATER
9. FEELS LIKE A SATURDAY NIGHT
10. TURN THIS BUS AROUND (BAD BOB’S) TOO MANY TIMES
11. TOO MANY TIMES with Anita Pointer
12. I CAN’T WIN FOR LOSIN’ YOU
13. DANCIN’ WITH THE FLAME
14. ATTRACTED TO PAIN
15. MANY FORGIVING YEARS
16. RIGHT FROM THE START
17. THAT WAS A CLOSE ONE
18. I NEED A GOOD WOMAN BAD
19. PRESERVATION OF THE WILD LIFE
20. IF LEAVIN’ WAS EASY