The Very Best of Tracy Lawrence

The Very Best of Tracy Lawrence

by Tracy LawrenceTracy Lawrence


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History may indeed be kinder to Tracy Lawrence than anyone thought. Sure, there are the eight million albums, and seven number one singles in the country charts, but while Garth Brooks and Clint Black are considered legends, Lawrence would seem to be forgotten by all but the most faithful. Truth is, Lawrence is a better -- and purer -- country singer than both put together. It seems that no less than an authority than Rhino Records, the gold standard in reissues, sees that too. This massive 21-cut collection documents his biggest selling years at Atlantic beginning with 1991's Sticks and Stones, and continues through his 2003 DreamWorks release Strong. The singles are all here, but it goes deeper than that. There are four cuts each from Sticks and Stones, Alibis, I See It Now, and Time Marches On. From 1991-1993, Lawrence was always near the top of the charts either with singles or albums. That's an excellent run. That the industry in Nashville moved away from neo-traditionalism and toward pop and rock has no bearing on the quality of his work; indeed, 2007's For the Love, released on the tiny Rocky Comfort imprint, stands with his best material. The time is right for this kind of retrospective, where listeners can encounter a modern version of a real country singer. In addition to more than an hour's worth of great music, Melinda Newman's liner notes are exhaustive and engaging, adding to the true definitive nature of this collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2007
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227998165
catalogNumber: 171708
Rank: 2642

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tracy Lawrence   Primary Artist
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Percussion,Drums
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dennis Burnside   Piano,Hammond Organ
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Hi String
Deryl Dodd   Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Pedalbro
Sonny Garrish   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Jack Gavin   Drums
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle,Hoedown
Tony Harrell   Piano,Keyboards
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Chris Leuzinger   Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Gary Lunn   Bass
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Terry McMillan   Harmonica,Percussion
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Brent Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Milton Sledge   Drums
Joe Spivey   Fiddle,Guitar
James Stroud   Percussion,Drums
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Percussion,Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Flip Anderson   Piano
Rick Huckaby   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Gary E. Smith   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Dennis Wilson Quintet   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Larry Boone   Composer
Tracy Lawrence   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tommy Smith   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Mike Bradley   Engineer
Charles Browder   Composer
Butch Carr   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Don Cook   Producer,Audio Production
Elroy Kahanek   Composer
Julian King   Engineer
Nelson Larkin   Composer
Paul Nelson   Composer
Lynn Peterzell   Engineer
Mark Sanders   Composer
James Stroud   Producer,Audio Production
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Woody Lee   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Flip Anderson   Producer,Audio Production
Matthew Barnes   Cover Photo
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Pat McMacon   Engineer
Kenny Beard   Composer
Kirk Roth   Composer
Randy Boudreaux   Composer
Earl Clark   Composer
Stan Paul Davis   Composer
Roger Dillon   Composer
Elbert West   Composer
Brett Jones   Composer
Becky Wagner   Marketing
John Jarrad   Composer
Buck Moore   Composer
Ed Hill   Composer
Melinda Newman   Liner Notes
Gary Duffy   Composer

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