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Format: CD
Sku: 60390520
UPC: 008811126322
UPC 14: 00008811126322
Release Date: 9/12/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I Just Can't Go On Dying Like This ~ George Strait
2. (That Don't Change) The Way I Feel About You ~ George Strait
3. I Don't Want To Talk It Over Anymore ~ George Strait
4. Unwound ~ George Strait
5. Blame It On Mexico ~ George Strait
6. Her Goodbye Hit Me In The Heart ~ George Strait
7. If You're Thinking You Want A Stranger (There's One Coming Home) ~ George Strait
8. Any Old Love Won't Do - (previously unreleased) ~ George Strait
9. Fool Hearted Memory ~ George Strait
10. Marina Del Rey ~ George Strait
11. I Can't See Texas From Here ~ George Strait
12. Heartbroke ~ George Strait
13. What Would Your Memories Do - (previously unreleased) ~ George Strait
14. Amarillo By Morning ~ George Strait
15. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name - (previously unreleased) ~ George Strait
16. Fire I Can't Put Out ~ George Strait
17. You Look So Good In Love ~ George Strait
18. 80 Proof Bottle Of Tear Stopper ~ George Strait
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Right Or Wrong ~ George Strait
2. Let's Fall To Pieces Together ~ George Strait
3. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind ~ George Strait
4. Cowboy Rides Away, The ~ George Strait
5. Fireman, The ~ George Strait
6. Chair ~ George Strait
7. You're Something Special To Me ~ George Strait
8. Haven't You Heard ~ George Strait
9. In Too Deep ~ George Strait
10. Lefty's Gone ~ George Strait
11. Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her ~ George Strait
12. It Ain't Cool To Be Crazy About You ~ George Strait
13. Ocean Front Property ~ George Strait
14. Rhythm Of The Road ~ George Strait
15. Six Pack to Go ~ George Strait
16. All My Ex's Live In Texas ~ George Strait
17. Am I Blue ~ George Strait
18. Famous Last Words Of A Fool ~ George Strait
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Baby Blue ~ George Strait
2. If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin') ~ George Strait
3. Baby's Gotten Good At Goodbye ~ George Strait
4. Bigger Man Than Me ~ George Strait
5. Hollywood Squares ~ George Strait
6. What's Going On In Your World ~ George Strait
7. Ace In The Hole ~ George Strait
8. Love Without End, Amen ~ George Strait
9. Drinking Champagne ~ George Strait
10. I've Come To Expect It From You ~ George Strait
11. If I Know Me ~ George Strait
12. You Know Me Better Than That ~ George Strait
13. Chill Of An Early Fall, The ~ George Strait
14. Lovesick Blues ~ George Strait
15. Milk Cow Blues ~ George Strait
16. Gone As A Girl Can Get ~ George Strait
17. So Much Like My Dad ~ George Strait
18. Trains Make Me Lonesome ~ George Strait
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Wonderland Of Love ~ George Strait
2. I Cross My Heart ~ George Strait
3. Heartland ~ George Strait
4. When Did You Stop Loving Me ~ George Strait
5. Overnight Male ~ George Strait
6. King Of Broken Hearts, The ~ George Strait
7. Where The Sidewalk Ends ~ George Strait
8. Easy Come, Easy Go ~ George Strait
9. I'd Like To Have That One Back ~ George Strait
10. Lovebug ~ George Strait
11. Man In Love With You, The ~ George Strait
12. Just Look At Me ~ George Strait
13. Stay Out Of My Arms ~ George Strait
14. Big Ball's in Cowtown ~ George Strait
15. Big One ~ George Strait
16. Fly Me to the Moon - (previously unreleased) ~ George Strait
17. Check Yes Or No - (previously unreleased) ~ George Strait
18. I Know She Still Loves Me - (previously unreleased) ~ George Strait

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: George Strait (vocals, guitar); Frank Sinatra, Hank Thompson (vocals); Steve Gibson, Gregg Galbraith, Steve Chapman, Jimmy Capps, Jerry Shook, Fred Newell, Pete Bordonali (guitar); Mike Daily, John Hughey, Weldon Myrick (steel guitar); Cindy Cashdollar (Hawaiian steel guitar); Johnny Gimble (mandolin, fiddle); Mark O'Connor, Gene Elders, Stuart Duncan, Glen Duncan (fiddle); Jim Horn (alto flute, saxophone); Steve Marsh (saxophone); Floyd Domino, Randy McCormick, Ronnie Huckaby, Bill Miller (piano); Mitch Humphries, Hargus "Pig" Robbins (keyboards); Terry Hale, David Hungate, Leland Sklar, Joe Chemay, Emory Gordy, Jr. (bass); Owen Hale, Larrie Londin (drums).
Muze PNote Asleep At The Wheel includes: Ray Benson, Ricky Turpin, Michael Francis, Tim Alexander, Dave Sanger.
Muze PNote The Nashville String Machine: George Binkley, John David Boyle, Marvin Chantry, Roy Christensen, Virginia Christensen, Carl Gorodetzky, Lennie Haight, Dennis Molchan, Walter Schwede, Donald Teal, Gary Vanosdale, Pamela Vanosdale, Stephanie Woolf.
Muze PNote Producers include: Don Daily, Blake Mevis, Jimmy Bowen, Tony Brown, George Strait.
Muze PNote Compilation producer: George Strait.
Muze PNote Recorded between June 1976 and April 10, 1995. Includes liner notes by Paul Kingsbury, Dee Henry Jenkins and Kay West.
Muze PNote "Check Yes Or No" won the 1996 Country Music Association Award for Single Of The Year, and George Strait won the C.M.A. award for Male Vocalist Of The Year.
Muze PNote Personnel: George Strait (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Frank Sinatra, Hank Thompson (vocals); Leon Rhodes (guitar, bass guitar); Ray Benson, Ronnie Brooks, Ron Anthony (guitar); Leo Jackson, Paul Yandell, Gregg Galbraith, Brent Mason (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Steve Chapman , Dave Kirby, David Anthony, Bob Thompson , Jimmy Capps, Joe Barnhill, Pat Flynn , Randy Scruggs, Richard Bennett , Steve Gibson , Jerry Shook, Bobby Thompson (acoustic guitar); Curtis Young (electric guitar, background vocals); Chip Young, Pete Bordonali, Billy Joe Walker, Jr., Rick McRae, Larry Byrom, Leland Sklar, Reggie Young , Benny McArthur, Fred Newell, Brent Rowan (electric guitar); Sonny Garrish (steel guitar, dobro); Cindy Cashdollar, Mike Daily, Hank DeVito, Ruben Gosfeld, Paul Franklin , Weldon Myrick, John Hughey, Buddy Emmons (steel guitar); Johnny Gimble (mandolin, fiddle, saxophone); Ricky Turpin (mandolin, fiddle); Gene Elders, Glen Duncan , Hoot Hester, Bill Mabry, Mark Feldman , Mark O'Connor , Rob Hajacos, Stuart Duncan, Buddy Spicher (fiddle); Jim Horn, Michael Francis, Steve Marsh (saxophone); Steve Nathan (piano, synthesizer); Ronnie Huckaby, John Barlow Jarvis, Matt Rollings, Randy McCormick, Tim Alexander , John Jarvis, Bill Miller , Floyd Domino (piano); Jamie Whiting, John Hobbs, Mitch Humphries, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Bobby Wood (keyboards); Clyde Brooks, David Sanger , Gene Chrisman, Tom Foote, Gregg Field, Bob Gelotte, Phil Fisher, Larrie Londin, Matt Betton, Eddie Bayers, Jerry Kroon, Owen Hale, Jerry Carrigan (drums); Diane Tidwell, Donna Sheridan, Rita Figlio, Gwen Kay, Marcy Cates, Wade McCurdy, Doug Clements, Liana Young, Harry Stinson, Sherilyn Huffman, Sandra Callaway, Arlene Hardin, Bobby Hardin, Judy Rodman, Andrea Zonn, Liana Manis, Louis Dean Nunley, Margie Cates, Buddy Cannon (background vocals).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Paul Kingsbury.
Muze PNote Recording information: 06/??/1976-04/10/1995.
Muze PNote Director: Patrick Williams.
Muze PNote Photographers: Jarrett Gaza; Peter Nash ; Alan Mayor; Beth Gwinn; Don Putnam; Jim McGuire ; Tom Wilkes ; Keith Carter; George Strait; Jim Shea; Rick Henson; Slick Lawson; Jerry Smith; Mark Tucker ; Mike Rutherford .
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Lennie Haight; Donald Teal; Walter Schwede; Dennis Molchan; Pamela VanOsdale; Stephanie Woolf; John David Boyle; George Binkley III; Roy Christensen; Virginia Christensen; Carl Gorodetzky; Marvin Chantry; Gary VanOsdale.
Muze PNote During the early '80s, when crossover fever ruled the Nashville roost, George Strait did his darndest to keep a sense of tradition within country music's capital. With a sound built on Bob Wills' big-band swing and George Jones' Texas tall tales, and refined through years of playing Lone Star honky-tonks, Strait took Music City by storm, proving that hits and critical praise were not mutually exclusive. Strait embodied mainstream country's glance into its own history during the '80s, and by the end of the decade was among its biggest stars. STRAIT OUT OF THE BOX documents this climb of a neo- traditionalist, spotlighting some unexpected twists and previously unreleased turns.
Muze PNote The portrait of Strait that emerges is of a stately singer and bandleader, with a skill for finding hits and getting the most out of his sidemen. On the rarely-heard, early singles, his Ace In The Hole band shines, the various string instruments at once echoing the singer's words and cooking up a sweet honky-tonk shuffle. It is a sound he wouldn't readily abandon. By the time of "Unwound," his first country top-ten, Strait had already added a commercial gleam to his Texas swing. The fiddle bounces and cries with a melody reminiscent of Hank, Sr., as Strait tells a mid-tempo tale of a dissolving love. After that, seemingly every song he touched turned into a chart-topper--from the uptown country-pop of "Marina Del Ray," which is like a late-period Beach Boys tune wrapped in a southern twang, to the waltz of "Let's Fall To Pieces Together," which features the plaintive fiddle of Johnny Gimble, to the spare "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind," cushioned by Hank DeVito's steel guitar. The rest, as they say, is history.
Muze PNote The newest tracks on STRAIT OUT OF THE BOX spotlight Strait's ability to build new sounds out of familiar pieces. "Check Yes Or No" resonates with the big country sound of Garth Brooks and memories of childhood romance, and "Fly Me To The Moon," an unreleased duet with Frank Sinatra, is a light-hearted stroll through the crossroads of their respective styles. Sharing the microphone with the Chairman Of The Board--what better way is there to measure an artist's success?

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Frank Sinatra
Muze Guest Artist Asleep At The Wheel
Muze Guest Artist Hank Thompson
Muze Guest Artist Mark O'Connor

Artist Overview

Out of all the new country singers to emerge in the early '80s, George Strait stayed the closest to traditional country. Drawing from both the honky tonk and Western swing traditions, Strait didn't refashion the genres; instead, he revitalized them for a new decade. In the process, he became one of the most popular and influential singers of the decade, sparking a wave of neo-traditionalist singers from Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam to Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Alan Jackson. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Tribute To Music Of Bob Wills
Muze Music Compilations Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates
Muze Music Compilations Country's 20 Classic Songs of the Century
Muze Music Compilations Now Country
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Country Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Sunday In The Country
Muze Music Compilations Now Country Volume 3
Muze Music Compilations Country's Got Heart
Muze Music Compilations Now That?s What I Call Country 4
Muze Music Compilations Now That?s What I Call A Country Part
Muze Music Compilations Now That?s What I Call Acm Awards:50t
Muze Music Compilations Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Drive

Associated Artists and Works

Hit Crew
Hit Crew (The)
Live At Texas Stadium ~ Jackson, Alan
Marshall, Brett (Piano)
On, Pickin'
Original Soundtrack
Pickin' On

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/12/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : AAMCAD411263
Music Label Name Label : MCA Nashville
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 5
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00008811126322

Professional Reviews

Journal Of Country Music (Vol.18, Num.1, pp.52-54)
- "...remarkably consistent: the rarely heard, pre-MCA songs...aren't all that different in tone and tempo from the most recent tunes....[he] comes across like the musical equivalent of Gary Cooper's film image: honest, stolid, denying all self-pity, thoroughly admirable in a thoroughly low-key way..."

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