We had the pleasure of hearing Anne Murray in person last fall in Nashville, backed up by the Symphony Orchestra. To our delight, in her late 50's, Anne's voice is just as sultry and clean as it was 25 years ago! She took the opportunity in this concert to showcase quite a few of the tracks on this CD, a 30-song (!!) collection of early country music powerhouse hits. We bought the CD just days later after being thrilled with what we heard. Anne's classic country band -- drums, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bass, with an occasional light sax or Dixieland clarinet -- coupled with judicious use of string sections and background singers, makes for a most harmonious background to her strong alto vocals. Even though the theme throughout is hits from the 40's and 50's, such classics as "For The Good Times", "I Fall To Pieces", and the "Tennessee Waltz" are complemented with early "cross-over" hits like "End of the World" and the Everly Brothers' "'Til I Kissed You" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream". For variety, Anne lays down catchy and upbeat covers of "Oh Lonesome Me", "Anytime", and "Blue, Blue Day." There's also plenty of lush ballads to choose from, including "Let It Be Me", featuring duet-meister Vince Gill.
For like three albums for the price of one, this dual CD is sure to please and entertain for a couple of hours. With lovely arrangements and clear straightforward vocals, this is one for everybody's country collection, featuring the enchanting Anne Murray at her finest!