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Strait Out of the Box by George Strait

Strait Out of the Box by George Strait

Album Review

A truly comprehensive four-CD compilation covering the years 1976-1995, including all 31 of his number one hits, 11 more chart singles of great musical significance, 19 LP tracks, and 11 more rare tracks, plus a brace of unreleased songs that are anything but leftovers. The opening three tracks, all written by Strait and dating from 1976-1979, show a lot of potential on his part as a singer fronting a competent band. 1981’s “Unwound” was where his career lifted off, and his singing takes on serious depth and range. Beyond “Unwound,” there’s a lot here that could’ve done well as singles, displaying his early sound as a mix of traditional country and country-pop. Strait ultimately rebelled against the latter, but the songs off of his first two LPs show a prodigious talent in any milieu he’d have chosen to work. Disc two opens with the Bob Wills number “Right or Wrong,” which became central to Strait’s sound and image and, in…




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