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  • Audio CD (Aug. 24 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B003YCRYZU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Not Ready To Make Nice
2. The Long Way Around
3. Easy Silence
4. Lubbock Or Leave It
5. Bitter End
6. Silent House
7. Lullaby
8. Everybody Knows
9. Long Time Gone
10. Travelin' Soldier
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Disc: 2
1. Ready To Run
2. Cowboy Take Me Away
3. Goodbye Earl
4. Some Days You Gotta Dance
5. Heartbreak Town
6. Sin Wagon
7. Without You
8. Let Him Fly
9. Wide Open Spaces
10. There's Your Trouble
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 9 2012
Format: Audio CD
"The Essential Dixie Chicks" contains a good medley of great country tunes. The following is a riveting sampler of the hits on this two disc set:
Ready To Run
Cowboy Take Me Away
Wide Open Spaces
Some Days You Gotta Dance
"The Essential Dixie Chicks" is great for anyone who likes bold country music.
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Best Dixie Chicks Collection. Filled with one great song after another. If you own only one cd of the Dixie Chicks this should be the one.
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This has all their hits so far in one place. I love their music, so any day that I need inspiration and to get moving this cd does the job.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Great look back at a really great band Oct. 25 2010
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dixie Chicks
"The Essential Dixie Chicks"
(Sony Legacy, 2010)
-------------------------------------------
While the single-disc "Playlist" set which came out earlier this year is a good option for music fans on tight budgets, this 2-CD collection is a real, true, proper best-of retrospective. Like "Playlist," it's a straight-up reissue set, with tracks taken off the band's studio albums, and it doesn't offer any rarities, outtakes or live tracks. (Also, their earlier indie albums still seem lost in limbo: it would be nice to have a box set that integrates that material as well, at some point...) But if you are looking for a strong overview of their big hits (and many of their best album cuts) this gives a lot of bang for your buck. Highly recommended! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music)
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
+1/2 - 6 chart-toppers, 14 top-tens, 30 tracks = 2 hours of bliss Oct. 25 2010
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After the June release of the twelve-track Playlist collection, fans were left wondering if a more complete Dixie Chicks anthology would be issued. That question is answered in the affirmative with this thirty-track 2-CD set that includes all six of the group's Country chart toppers, and fourteen (of seventeen) top-ten hits spanning all four of their studio albums on Sony imprints. That's nine years compressed into two hours over which the trio proves themselves consistently original interpreters of unerringly picked material, occasional contributors of original songs, and by the time of Taking the Long Way, writers with their own voice. The group's sound has often been imitated, but none of their followers have balanced the vocal blend, material, instrumental chops and attitude that makes this group one-of-a-kind.

Earlier female acts like Shania Twain tilted the Nashville axis towards pop, but the Dixie Chicks re-energized the Country empowerment handed down by Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn. The trio wasn't shy of being feminine, but they always led with their music. They didn't smooth out their twang, instead highlighting their fiddle and banjo, and arraying their voices in three-party harmonies. Better yet, the more famous they became, the more they indulged their Texas roots. Rather than taking every crossover opportunity, they let the quality of their music draw more people into the tent. Their songs were liberated, bawdy, touching, emotionally complex and down-to-Earth, paralleling the tumult in their marriages and the growth they experienced as they ascended, sometimes against resistance, to stardom.

Among the most gratifying aspects of the group's success is their conquering of the mainstream while simultaneously promoting the works of superb, non-mainstream songwriters like Darrell Scott, Patti Griffin, Gary Louris and Bruce Robison. It's no surprise that their records sounded different than their Nashville peers, as much of the material was created by outsiders whose thoughtful songs weren't written by appointment. Sonically, the band also leaned on talent from beyond Music Row, with ace steel player (and Natalie Maines' dad) Lloyd Maines and studio svengali Rick Rubin each taking a turn in the producer's chair. Oddly, this double-CD set portrays the group in reverse chronological order, opening with eight tracks from the Rubin-produced Taking the Long Way, adding seven cuts from the stripped-down work of Home, eight tracks from Fly, six from the Sony debut Wide Open Spaces, and closing with "I Believe in Love" from Home.

It plays well, but for those just meeting the Dixie Chicks, it's a strange choice to replay the group's history backwards. Fans are likely to own the four original albums, and without any new or previously unreleased material (or tracks drawn from outside the four core albums), this collection is really targeted at those who didn't take the ride the first time. Love it or hate it, summing up an artist's core material is the Essential collection's mission - they're not bonus-laden box sets for fans. That said, the absence of three top-ten hits ("Cold Day in July," "If I Fall You're Going Down With Me," and "Some Days You Gotta Dance" from 2000 and 2001) and several other fan-favorite chart singles leaves this as "most of the essential" rather than an authoritative rendering. Bang for the buck, though, it's still a great introduction to the band; for the new initiates, a quick reprogramming of the track list is recommended. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2010 hyperbolium dot com]
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A stellar collection Nov. 19 2010
By Bruce Wheelock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have long been a big fan of the Dixie Chicks. There isn't a song on any of their albums that I have not heard many times. Not a single song I wouldn't listen to again at the drop of a hat... In fact, you don't even need to drop the hat. These three women are possessed of beautiful voices, and they know how to harmonize them to produce the most wonderful results. Natalie Maines' strong lead voice sells each song, projects each message, each story. The tremendous, versatile musical talent and skill demonstrated by Martie Maguire Emily Robison combine with the lead singer to produce a body of work that is variably inspiring, touching, funny, sad, and in in its totality, sheer genius. It is not at all hard to see how this great trio has sold such vast numbers of albums, one so very many awards, and enjoyed tremendous concert success.

The album set includes an all too small selection from "Taking the Long Way," which is (sadly) the only new so we have seen from the trio since the well-known incident in London when Natalie foolishly spoke her mind. The shameful and un-American response to this by much of Country music, a substantial portion of Country radio, and various Conservative commentators has damaged immeasurably these three women being punished for speaking their minds. It seems there are some people who will eagerly support free speech, as long as the free speech agrees with them. Oh, sure, the other side of the political spectrum also speaks out loudly against public figures saying things they don't like. But that side has never perpetrated the kind of concerted and conspiratorial attacks... personal, physical, professional... that we have seen unleashed against the Dixie Chicks. Some people don't seem to understand what they should understand - if you disagree with someone, say so; but no decent American everperpetrates or condones physical or economic attacks in combination with others, especially while trying to hide behind the Flag they are self-righteously trampling.

This album, obviously, doesn't contain new material. But I bought it as soon as it was available, for two reasons. First, because any carefully selected compilation of the Dixie Chicks' is a treat unto itself, even if you have all the songs from their own homes sitting on your MP3 player or around the house. Secondly, because when we buy anything of theirs, we cast a "money where your mouth is" vote in support of American women having their say.

Pros: Two CDs full of the best of the best spending their musical careers.
Cons: Only two CDs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
+1/2 - 6 chart-toppers, 14 top-tens, 30 tracks = 2 hours of bliss Oct. 24 2010
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After the June release of the twelve-track Playlist collection, fans were left wondering if a more complete Dixie Chicks anthology would be issued. That question is answered in the affirmative with this thirty-track 2-CD set that includes all six of the group's Country chart toppers, and fourteen (of seventeen) top-ten hits spanning all four of their studio albums on Sony imprints. That's nine years compressed into two hours over which the trio proves themselves consistently original interpreters of unerringly picked material, occasional contributors of original songs, and by the time of Taking the Long Way, writers with their own voice. The group's sound has often been imitated, but none of their followers have balanced the vocal blend, material, instrumental chops and attitude that makes this group one-of-a-kind.

Earlier female acts like Shania Twain tilted the Nashville axis towards pop, but the Dixie Chicks re-energized the Country empowerment handed down by Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn. The trio wasn't shy of being feminine, but they always led with their music. They didn't smooth out their twang, instead highlighting their fiddle and banjo, and arraying their voices in three-party harmonies. Better yet, the more famous they became, the more they indulged their Texas roots. Rather than taking every crossover opportunity, they let the quality of their music draw more people into the tent. Their songs were liberated, bawdy, touching, emotionally complex and down-to-Earth, paralleling the tumult in their marriages and the growth they experienced as they ascended, sometimes against resistance, to stardom.

Among the most gratifying aspects of the group's success is their conquering of the mainstream while simultaneously promoting the works of superb, non-mainstream songwriters like Darrell Scott, Patti Griffin, Gary Louris and Bruce Robison. It's no surprise that their records sounded different than their Nashville peers, as much of the material was created by outsiders whose thoughtful songs weren't written by appointment. Sonically, the band also leaned on talent from beyond Music Row, with ace steel player (and Natalie Maines' dad) Lloyd Maines and studio svengali Rick Rubin each taking a turn in the producer's chair. Oddly, this double-CD set portrays the group in reverse chronological order, opening with eight tracks from the Rubin-produced Taking the Long Way, adding seven cuts from the stripped-down work of Home, eight tracks from Fly, six from the Sony debut Wide Open Spaces, and closing with "I Believe in Love" from Home.

It plays well, but for those just meeting the Dixie Chicks, it's a strange choice to replay the group's history backwards. Fans are likely to own the four original albums, and without any new or previously unreleased material (or tracks drawn from outside the four core albums), this collection is really targeted at those who didn't take the ride the first time. Love it or hate it, summing up an artist's core material is the Essential collection's mission - they're not bonus-laden box sets for fans. That said, the absence of three top-ten hits ("Cold Day in July," "If I Fall You're Going Down With Me," and "Some Days You Gotta Dance" from 2000 and 2001) and several other fan-favorite chart singles leaves this as "most of the essential" rather than an authoritative rendering. Bang for the buck, though, it's still a great introduction to the band; for the new initiates, a quick reprogramming of the track list is recommended. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2010 hyperbolium dot com]
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Miss the music - Love the CD's May 2 2012
By H. Geier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I really miss the Dixie Chicks. I wish they would sing again.
That being said - I have been having a hard time with the passing of my father, not getting along at home with my husband. I feel I am just stuck right now. I have a teenager whom I love so much its un-describable - ( im sure you parents can relate ) Im trying to survive the driving years and the worry it brings for their safety.
After a weekend of not getting along with my husband, I went to the store to get away for a bit - ended up at Best Buy. Thought I would get myself some music to listen to in the car ( i dont have an ipod & all the fancy stuff ) Best buy was limited on selection almost looks like there going out of business. Anyways, I came across this CD - The Essentials -
It has **alot of songs** & one I was wanting ( Not ready to make nice ) for obvious reasons..... and this cd had a lot of great songs I had not heard in a long time. I bought it at best buy for 14.00.. Opened it when i got to my car and i was surprised to see two disc.
I drove around for a long time - thinking but mostly just listening and I loved it. I was able to laugh, cry, yell, be mad, sad and releif by the time I got home.
Her voice is amazing, they sing so beautiful and the passion they sing with, you CAN feel it. It is worth it for sure.
A variety of songs for variety of emotions lol
Also, for some reason I had never heard this one song - Disc One... Top Of The World.... SOOO beautiful!!!
I do not know why I never heard it before.
I wish The Dixie Chicks would come back. I miss them.
This CD is worth the money. I would recommend this to anyone.

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