The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
“THESE SONGS HAVE MADE MCA RECORDS LEADERS IN COUNTRY MUSIC AND CKBY THE NUMBER ONE COUNTRY STATION IN CANADA. WE ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT IT TO YOU AS PART OF THE TRAVELIN’ ROAD AND AIR SHOW.”
That’s Ottawa on the cover!
So, the album opens with John Schneider (Bo Duke) singing his song “What’s a Memory Like You (Doing In a Love Like This)” and well, John is a good singer, he kind of reminds me of Randy Travis, who I’m also surprised is not on this album. The chorus comes around and John delivers it perfectly, this guy is a great singer. Up next comes Willie’s old pal Waylon Jennings with his track “Will the Wolf Survive” and it’s a pretty good track, the musicianship is pretty good. I love the old feeling these songs give me, they’re all really good songs. After that we go onto Lee Greenwood singing “Don’t Underestimate My Love for You” and it’s a good track, I think this is the first Lee Greenwood song I’ve heard, even though I have a bunch of his records too. It’s a good track, a little slow but still good. We continue on with George Strait singing “Dance Time in Texas” and well, this is one of the songs I’m not particularly fond of on this album, except for when the song slows down a bit, George is a really, really great country singer, this just isn’t one of his best songs. The Bellamy Brothers keep this album rolling with their track “Feelin’ the Feelin’” and these guys are more people who sing wonderfully, and have a lot of great country tunes. Though I do feel this song does seem quite reminiscent of their track “Let Your Love Flow” – though it’s still a pretty good track. Steve Wariner comes next with the song “You Can Dream of Me” and well, I really feel that this track right here makes the whole A-Side of this wonderful compilation, Steve Wariner is a fantastic country singer and this guy just let’s his song flow so nicely. It’s absolutely stunning. The A-Side ends with the return of Waylon Jennings singing “Working Without a Net” and the opening guitar riff is just amazingly great, and Waylon just continues to sing, and he too, is a great singer.
The B-Side opens with the wonderfully talented Reba McEntire singing her song “Whoever’s In New England” and I even own that record! Anyways, Reba has to be one of my favorite female country singers, she’s just amazing in every aspect. This song is a bit slow, but Reba is just so great it doesn’t matter. Barbara Mandrell comes next with her track “When You Get to the Heart” and she has a very bluesy sounding voice, but it’s still a terrific one, and when the chorus comes around, it’s just absolutely great. This woman is talented! Then comes this very baritone singer, and it basically ruins the whole song for Barbara. What was the point of that? We go onto the track “Walking After Midnight” sung by Patsy Cline, and well, by 1986 I’m pretty sure she had long passed away, but it’s still a good track and Patsy was literally one of the greatest country singers of any generation. The Oak Ridge Boys come next with their track “Juliet” and it’s not bad at all, it’s a bit out of my usual style, but these guys are talented too. Next up we carry on with Nicolette Larson singing “Let Me Be the First” and this is another great country singer, although this is my first time hearing her sing, she’s still wonderful! I love the vibes of this track too. The album continues on with Jimmy Buffett singing “Please Bypass This Heart” and it’s a good track, a bit slow for me, and out of my usual country music liking, but it’s still pretty decent. The album closes with Ray Stevens singing “The Ballad of the Blue Cyclone” and Ray Stevens is a comedian and country singer, and I’m pretty sure this song may’ve been recorded live from the crowd laughter, all in all, not a bad album, some doozies of songs, but everything else was great.
A1 – John Schneider – What’s A Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)
A2 – Waylon Jennings – Will the Wolf Survive
A3 – Lee Greenwood – Don’t Underestimate My Love for You
A4 – George Strait – Dance Time in Texas
A5 – The Bellamy Brothers – Feelin’ the Feelin’
A6 – Steve Wariner – You Can Dream of Me
A7 – Waylon Jennings – Working Without A Net
B1 – Reba McEntire – Whoever’s in New England
B2 – Barbara Mandrell – When You Get to the Heart
B3 – Patsy Cline – Walking After Midnight
B4 – The Oak Ridge Boys – Juliet
B5 – Nicolette Larson – Let Me Be the First
B6 – Jimmy Buffett – Please Bypass This Heart
B7 – Ray Stevens – The Ballad of the Blue Cyclone
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