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Country Croonin'

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 27 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00006J3JS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Help Me Make It Through The Night
2. Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)
3. End Of The World
4. Oh Lonesome Me
5. I Can't Stop Loving You
6. Me And Bobby McGee
7. Can't Help Falling In Love With You
8. Let It Be Me
9. Singing The Blues
10. I Really Don't Want To Know
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Disc: 2
1. Make The World Go Away
2. Anytime
3. You Don't Know Me
4. Bye, Bye Love
5. Vaya Con Dios
6. Take These Chains From My Heart
7. For The Good Times
8. Sea Of Heartbreak
9. She'll Have To Go
10. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)/I'm A Fool To Care
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Product Description

This is Anne's 32nd studio album, a tribute to the great country songs and artists of the late 1940s to the early '80s. Anne sings songs made famous by Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and other country stars, but she makes every word and note her own.

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Format: Audio CD
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!
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With this album Annie unexpectedly saunters off into new territory. She's a much grittier and invested vocalist than ever before, the smooth perfection and perfectly controlled approach of her earlier albums wandered away from for remarkable results. Every song in this 31-song album is a highlight, creatively arranged with numerous surprising touches and sung the Hell out of. Forget the Snowbird. Now she's a Night Hawk. She says it's the best thing she's ever done. I prefer to think of it as good as anything she's ever done because it's impossible to dismiss albums such as "Annie," "Croonin'" and virtually everything she's ever done as second best to anything else. But you have to give her credit. Most veteran lady singers invariably begin repeating themselves or become parodies of themselves but this veteran lady singer has wandered off someplace new. Not so new she's not still herself and pretending to be somebody else, but new enough you notice right away something is musically afoot. That said, the songs as usual are perfectly chosen, the singing as usual is glorious, the interpretation and phrasing glisteningly intelligent, the musicality unassailable. She's always on key, her intonation is impeccable and she sings each song as written, which is so much harder than playing around with it. Above all, we always get the real person coming through the song, not some grand performer. No wonder she's a living legend but, as this album proves, she's not yet ready to become a golden oldie.
P.S. Please note. This album is a BIG hit on the country charts from a lady who has been recording more than 30 years!
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Country Croonin' ranks with Anne Murray's self-titled album of 1996 as the best she's ever done. The musicians are clearly having a ball with the material - wait 'til you hear the laughing clarinet echoing the sentiments of the lyric on the second track, 'Someday.' It gets better with every song, and there's 30 of them (for the price of a single CD)! Murray still delivers her trademark understated reading of the lyrics with perfect pitch, but the voice is grittier, and well suited to some of the more uptempo rockabilly numbers here - 'Oh Lonesome Me,' 'Singing the Blues,' 'Bye Bye Love,' and 'Blue Blue Day.' Some of the midtempo numbers stand out as well - 'A Fool Such as I,' and 'Anytime,' but the showstopper on the album is the honky tonk, 'Take These Chains.' And once you've heard her update of 'I Fall to Pieces,' you'll no longer want to call it a Patsy Cline song. Anne Murray has always been a fine singer, but since she took control of her career and moved her production back to Canada, the integrity of her music has improved consistently, and she has never sounded better. While Nashville tries to figure out where country music has gone, Murray has created a wonderful archive of its early days, and she has made it sound so simple, so effortlessly.
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There is no doubt about it - Anne Murray continues to have one of the most unique and best voices in contemporary music today. Her warm voice has gotten warmer, deeper and more affecting than it ever has in the past three decades. Matching superbly written songs with a great voice, this CD doesn't disappoint. Especially with songs like "Bye Bye Love", "Let It Be Me", "Tennessee Waltz" and "She'll Have To Go", Murray recreates these and other songs to lend new life to a genre of music long forgotten.
After a long, long dry spell of missed opportunities, virtual anonymity and questionable music decisions, Murray has regained the audience's attention and commercial appeal she had lost almost 20 years ago. To do that in a music business consumed with younger, talentless performers 20 and 30 years younger than her is an amazing triumph of will and affirmation that true talent always rises to the top. In Murray's case, she has risen to the top - again. Incredible.
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