this disc can open a lot of cans of worms. You
have seen these grey best of collections for
artists, now they have greatly cheapened the
product, I think it's a couple of bucks cheaper
too. Like a digipak with a Styrofoam disc tray.
No liner notes, just a URL to go and download
them. Not even a pressed CD, a form of a burned
CDR called a Diamond CD, it is a pretty silver
piece of plastic.
collection of songs probably covers the high
points of Vince Gill's Nashville career. OK, I
slip this baby in the CD player and "wow" it
sounds great, yeah, the thing that matters most,
they did get right. It is in fact, remastered
very well. I love
Vince Gill, he was popular before
Tony Brown talked him in to coming to
Nashville and being a country artist. He played
and sang lead in the
Pure Prairie League for a couple of years
and also was playing with Rodney Crowell's band,
those incredible Cherrybombs.
Lonesome Sound" - What a great bluegrass
sound from an album of the same name with
Alison Krauss and Union Station.
Incredible rendition, this is just a plain old
audiophile quality recording, amazing sound
field and stereo spacing.
Adrianna" - Only Vince Gill could fashion a
ballad like this, sing it and play some ethereal
lead guitar. Mmmm, Vince's guitar playin',
fender thru a Boss CS3 into a Fender amp.
"A Little More
Love" - great mid tempo
country rocker. These songs never sounded
that good, I'll do without the
liner notes, I'll take the sound quality.
You know what
is so good about this recording, is the
separation, everything is so clear in the mix. I
think that Vince brought out the best in
guitarist Brent Mason, though some think
that it was
Alan Jackson. The ninety's were my
favorite era for country music.
Kind Of Woman, My
Kind of Man" - This love ballad with
Patty Loveless singing back and forth
with Vince. This is a classic track. What a
studio band. I don't need liner notes to
know most of what's going on. This song sounds
like a track on Patty's new CD "Sleepless
Nights". (Plug, shameless)
Love" - an up-tempo love song, oh can Vince sing
about love, what great lyrics, what
great country music.
Big Thing" - What a great way to end this
collection, Vince can tell that his time in the
limelight is limited in country music, this
comical sarcastic song pokes fun at the "Next
Country music was country and hot in the
ninety's. 1997 brought us the "Dixie Chicks",
Wide Open Spaces was my favorite CD for over
four years. I still love it. When Vince and
Patty were abandoned by country radio, I turned
9/11/01, the country was attacked, The Chicks
were abandoned because of Natalie's remarks.
Toby Keith got mad, Big and Rich got
Gretchen Wilson joined the Nashville
mafia. Brent Mason started playing with indie
artists too. Reba got a TV show.
Bluegrass music. Listening to this disc
reminds me of better times in America. The
innocence is gone, from high gas prices and
falling stock markets to terrorism and global
Carrie Underwood can sing, but real
country? That is your choice. I'll take
Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain and
Mountain Heart along with the other
country acts that stay country.