The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by Kathy MatteaKathy Mattea


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The Kathy Mattea entry in Universal Music's discount-priced hits series The Definitive Collection is the most extensive compilation on the country singer yet released, and it contains almost all of her major hits from the six-year period, 1986-1991, when she was one of the top hitmakers in country music. In addition, Robyn Flans' longer-than-usual liner notes benefit from a good interview with Mattea. When her most popular songs are played one after another, the listener is reminded anew of the surprisingly high quality of songwriting Mattea was able to identify within the Nashville publishing houses and the diversity of musical settings in which she placed them, not to mention the clarity and conviction with which she sang. In some cases, of course, she didn't have to look far to find material: the heartbreaking ballad "Where've You Been," a Grammy Award winner for Best Country Song, was co-written by her husband, Jon Vezner, with Don Henry. The only thing that mars this album is the omission of the Top Ten hit "A Few Good Things Remain," which cannot be an oversight. It is included on Mattea's previous compilation, A Collection of Hits, which was still in print when The Definitive Collection was released, and it is the only one of that album's ten songs not to be repeated on the later set. This is typically cynical record company marketing practice, deliberately leaving one hit off a hits collection to force fans to buy another disc. It is especially irritating when the album in question is given a title like The Definitive Collection, and it flies in the face of the tone of Flans' liner notes, which begin with the sentence, "Integrity is the first word that comes to mind when surveying the musical catalog of Kathy Mattea." If only that were also true when surveying the track list of this album.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602517031975
catalogNumber: 000723302
Rank: 1188

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathy Mattea   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Larry Boone   Composer
Nanci Griffith   Composer
Don Henry   Composer
Fred Koller   Composer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
Pat Alger   Composer
Buddy Greene   Composer
Mark Lowry   Composer
Larry Cordle   Composer
Jon Vezner   Composer
Craig Bickhardt   Composer
Andy Byrd   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Bucky Jones   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Richard Leigh   Composer
Susan Longacre   Composer
Brent Maher   Audio Production
Bob McDill   Composer
Tim O'Brien   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Audio Production
Walter Carter   Composer
Gillian Welch   Composer
David Rawlings   Composer
Jimbeau Hinson   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Bill Dale   Composer
Byron Hill   Audio Production
Gene Nelson   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Susannah Clark   Composer
Lee Domann   Composer

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