Ultimate Clint Black

Ultimate Clint Black

by Clint BlackClint Black


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No one was hotter than Clint Black in the late '80s-early '90s country resurgence, and the reason why is amply documented in the 20 tracks here, which span 1989-2000. In one of country music's most fruitful artist-producer relationships, Black and James Stroud sculpted a sound that resonated with traditional country elements in its acoustic guitar and fiddles, but they also embraced pop-flavored string arrangements in its ballads and electric instruments to juice up the barn burners. As a writer -- Black wrote or co-wrote every tune here except a cover of Leon Russell's "Dixie Lullaby," a duet with Bruce Hornsby -- Black showed a flair for ingenious wordplay, which made his 1989 chart-toppers, "Better Man" and "Killin' Time," and 1994's No. 1 "A Bad Run of Good Luck," as rich lyrically as they are in melody. Vocally, Black possesses a rich, expressive voice that is a marvelous instrument on its own, but his smart phrasing and emotive intensity raises everything to another level. He can trade bluesy, soaring phrases with Wynonna on 1993's heartrending, string-laden ballad "A Bad Goodbye" and give off some sparks of his own that seem to bring out the best in Wy, or tear through a full-throttle country-rock nugget such as "We Tell Ourselves" with commanding bravado. Good stuff here, and it has aged well. Today's mainstream could use a dose of it real bad.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765255127
catalogNumber: 52551
Rank: 3989


  1. A Better Man
  2. Killin' Time
  3. Nobody's Home
  4. Walkin' Away
  5. Loving Blind
  6. Where Are You Now
  7. We Tell Ourselves
  8. When My Ship Comes In
  9. A Bad Goodbye
  10. State of Mind
  11. A Good Run of Bad Luck
  12. Wherever You Go
  13. Summer's Comin'
  14. One Emotion
  15. Like the Rain
  16. Something That We Do
  17. Nothin' But the Taillights
  18. The Shoes You're Wearing
  19. Dixie Lullaby
  20. Been There

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