Strait out of the Box, Vol. 1

Strait out of the Box, Vol. 1

by George StraitGeorge Strait


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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 the early '80s, was a reminder that as smooth as those early MCA songs had been, Strait had a genuine commitment to Western swing and traditional country music. Disc three divides its space between ballads and honky tonk numbers, with some comedy and some bracing Western swing. Disc four is all '90s material, right up through 1995. The cut that helped sell this set is Strait's never-issued 1993 duet with Frank Sinatra on "Fly Me to the Moon," which never should have been left off the Duets album -- the two singers' voices sound right together, and the song works as is. The producers have provided a booklet with an extensive biographical essay, a full sessionography, and comments from Strait himself on each of the songs included.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/1995
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008811126322
catalogNumber: 11263


Disc 1

  1. I Just Can't Go on Dying Like This
  2. (That Don't Change) the Way I Feel About You
  3. I Don't Want to Talk It over Anymore
  4. Unwound
  5. Blame It on Mexico
  6. Her Goodbye Hit Me in the Heart
  7. If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)
  8. Any Old Love Won't Do
  9. Fool Hearted Memory
  10. Marina del Rey
  11. I Can't See Texas from Here
  12. Heartbroke
  13. What Would Your Memories Do
  14. Amarillo by Morning
  15. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
  16. Fire I Can't Put Out
  17. You Look So Good in Love
  18. 80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopper

Disc 2

  1. Right or Wrong
  2. Let's Fall to Pieces Together
  3. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
  4. The Cowboy Rides Away
  5. The Fireman
  6. Chair
  7. You're Something Special to Me
  8. Haven't You Heard
  9. In Too Deep
  10. Lefty's Gone
  11. Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her
  12. It Ain't Cool to Be Crazy About You
  13. Ocean Front Property
  14. Rhythm of the Road
  15. Six Pack to Go
  16. All My Ex's Live in Texas
  17. Am I Blue
  18. Famous Last Words of a Fool

Disc 3

  1. Baby Blue
  2. If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')
  3. Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye
  4. Bigger Man Than Me
  5. Hollywood Squares
  6. What's Going on in Your World
  7. Ace in the Hole
  8. Love Without End, Amen
  9. Drinking Champagne
  10. I've Come to Expect It from You
  11. If I Know Me
  12. You Know Me Better Than That
  13. The Chill of an Early Fall
  14. Lovesick Blues
  15. Milk Cow Blues
  16. Gone as a Girl Can Get
  17. So Much Like My Dad
  18. Trains Make Me Lonesome

Disc 4

  1. Wonderland of Love
  2. I Cross My Heart
  3. Heartland
  4. When Did You Stop Loving Me
  5. Overnight Male
  6. The King of Broken Hearts
  7. Where the Sidewalk Ends
  8. Easy Come, Easy Go
  9. I'd Like to Have That One Back
  10. Lovebug
  11. The Man in Love with You
  12. Just Look at Me
  13. Stay out of My Arms
  14. Big Ball's in Cowtown
  15. Big One
  16. Fly Me to the Moon
  17. Check Yes or No
  18. I Know She Still Loves Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Strait   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Mandolin,Saxophone
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Hank Thompson   Vocals,Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Vocals,Track Performer
Matt Rollings   Piano
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Multi Instruments
Judy Rodman   Background Vocals
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Joe Barnhill   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Chemay   Bass
David Anthony   Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Ray Benson   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Chuck Berghofer   Bass,Rhythm Bass
Matt Betton   Drums
Pete Bordonali   Electric Guitar
Clyde Brooks   Drums
Larry Byrom   Electric Guitar
Buddy Cannon   Background Vocals
Jimmy Capps   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Cindy Cashdollar   Steel Guitar,Hawaiian Guitar
Marcy Cates   Background Vocals
Margie Cates   Background Vocals
Chip Young   Electric Guitar
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Doug Clements   Background Vocals
Mike Daily   Steel Guitar
Hank DeVito   Steel Guitar
Floyd Domino   Piano
Steve Dorff   Conductor
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Gene Elders   Fiddle
Mark Feldman   Fiddle
Rita Figlio   Background Vocals
Phil Fisher   Drums
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Francis   Saxophone
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar,Pedal Dobro
Gregg Galbraith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Bob Gelotte   Drums
Emory Gordy   Bass
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Owen Hale   Drums
Terry Hale   Bass
Bobby Hardin   Background Vocals
Hoot Hester   Fiddle
John Hobbs   Keyboards
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Ronnie Huckaby   Piano
Sherilyn Huffman   Background Vocals
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Mitch Humphries   Keyboards
David Hungate   Bass
Leo Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Jarvis   Piano
Dave Kirby   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Kroon   Drums
Mike Leech   Bass
Bill Mabry   Fiddle
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Steve Marsh   Saxophone
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Benny McArthur   Electric Guitar
Randy McCormick   Piano
Wade McCurdy   Background Vocals
Rick McRae   Electric Guitar
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Nashville String Machine   Group
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Multi Instruments
Fred Newell   Electric Guitar
Jody Nix   Vocal Harmony
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Larry Paxton   Bass
Leon Rhodes   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Keyboards
Jack Ross   Bass
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
David Sanger   Drums
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Eldon Shamblin   Rhythm Guitar
Donna Sheridan   Background Vocals
Jerry Shook   Acoustic Guitar
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Bobby Thompson   Acoustic Guitar
Diane Tidwell   Background Vocals
Ricky Turpin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Billy Joe Walker   Electric Guitar
Jamie Whiting   Keyboards
Glenn Worf   Bass
Paul Yandell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Curtis Young   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Liana Young   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Andrea Zonn   Background Vocals
Ron Anthony   Guitar
Gregg Field   Drums
Sandra Callaway   Background Vocals
Tom Foote   Drums
Ruben Gosfeld   Steel Guitar
Arlene Hardin   Background Vocals
Gwen Kay   Background Vocals
Bob Moore   Bass
John Barlow Jarvis   Piano
Larrie Londin   Drums
Leland Sklar   Bass,Electric Guitar
Bob Thompson   Acoustic Guitar
Bill Miller   Piano
Tim Alexander   Piano
David Miller   Bass
Ronnie Brooks   Guitar
Steve Chapman   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Red Steagall   Composer
George Strait   Producer
Patrick Williams   Director
Joe Barnhill   Producer
Aaron Barker   Composer
Ray Baker   Producer
Ray Benson   Producer
George Binkley   Contributor
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
John David Boyle   Contributor
Tony Brown   Producer
Marvin Chantry   Contributor
Roy Christensen   Contributor
Virginia Christensen   Contributor
Dean Dillon   Composer
Steve Dorff   String Arrangements
Carl Gorodetzky   Contributor
Lennie Haight   Contributor
Blake Mevis   Composer,Producer
Dennis Molchan   Contributor
Alan Moore   String Arrangements
Phil Ramone   Producer
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Walter Schwede   Contributor
Darlene Shafer   Composer
Donald Teal   Contributor
Gary VanOsdale   Contributor
Pamela VanOsdale   Contributor
Hank Cattaneo   Producer
Don Daily   Producer
Paul Kingsbury   Liner Notes
Stephanie Woolf   Contributor
David Chamberlain   Composer
Darryl Staedtler   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
Royce Porter   Composer
Jerry Max Lane   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer
Dana Hunt Oglesby   Composer
Dan McLellan   Composer
Rory Bourke   Composer
D. Staedtler   Composer

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Strait Out of the Box 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great set. I recemend it to anyone who love country music. Or just any one!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great CD ! I love George Strait and it's great having almost all of his songs on just 4 CD's !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 4 CD collection wraps it all up into one big package of great songs. I have so many of his CD's & they're all great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love these CDs-Straight out of the box'they are great to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A definate must for George fans. I never knew he did a duet with Sinatra! Wow. I own all his albums, but this one. I now know my collection is not complete without Strait out of the Box.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this albun is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this collection. It has all of his greatest work.
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