16 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Keith Whitley didn't live long enough to become a hit machine, but he was well on his way. In the year leading up to and including his tragic death from alcohol poisoning at the age of 34, Whitley scored five No. 1 hits in a row. Three of those tracks lead 16 Biggest Hits, and “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing at All," and “I’m No Stranger to the Rain” remain some of the finest songs of '80s country music. However, Whitley’s earlier works, released before he was a big star, are just as good as the huge hits. These include “Miami, My Amy,” which showcases the delicacy of his vocals, “Turn Me to Love,” and “Would These Arms Be in Your Way,” the last of which might be the single most heartrending song Whitley ever recorded. Whitley’s last top 10 hit came in 1990 with “I’m Over You,” a brilliant single that epitomized his blend of toughness and sensitivity. Unfortunately, Whitley's legend faded as country pop stars like Garth Brooks ascended. This collection should help reaffirm Whitley’s potential and his personal brand of no-nonsense, heart-on-the-sleeve country music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Keith Whitley didn't live long enough to become a hit machine, but he was well on his way. In the year leading up to and including his tragic death from alcohol poisoning at the age of 34, Whitley scored five No. 1 hits in a row. Three of those tracks lead 16 Biggest Hits, and “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing at All," and “I’m No Stranger to the Rain” remain some of the finest songs of '80s country music. However, Whitley’s earlier works, released before he was a big star, are just as good as the huge hits. These include “Miami, My Amy,” which showcases the delicacy of his vocals, “Turn Me to Love,” and “Would These Arms Be in Your Way,” the last of which might be the single most heartrending song Whitley ever recorded. Whitley’s last top 10 hit came in 1990 with “I’m Over You,” a brilliant single that epitomized his blend of toughness and sensitivity. Unfortunately, Whitley's legend faded as country pop stars like Garth Brooks ascended. This collection should help reaffirm Whitley’s potential and his personal brand of no-nonsense, heart-on-the-sleeve country music.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
126 Ratings
126 Ratings
MisPet ,

My favorite country singer of all time

No one can touch his voice. Beautiful. You can hear his voice in every song, so clear and unique. I love every song in this album!

Megaman 60 ,

Awesome

I have a different album from Keith Whitley but with basically the same songs and it is awesome!!!! Highly recommended

mdr1048 ,

Whitley was...

The last of the great classic country singers. In the same class of George Jones and Hank Williams, the Almighty took him home too soon. As iTunes describes in the review Whitley's hits were looked over with the ascension of a genre (Garth Brooks) of country music that has turned country music into the abomination it is today. God bless you Keith, you were the last.

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