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Album Review

The Mavericks are one of those bands that inspire such fierce loyalty in fans that any attempt at a "Definitive Collection" that does not contain all of their recordings will be grounds for fiery, impassioned debate. This set from Universal Chronicles goes as far as any single disc can go in attempting to capture the wildly diverse, raucous, and soulful sound of a band that succeeded in spite, not because, of finicky trends in country music. Indeed, the Mavericks embody all of the best elements in country and early rock & roll, and all of their faces are here. All four of the band's MCA albums are represented, as is Mercury Nashville's Super Colossal Smash Hits of the '90s, which was a compilation but also contained six new tracks. And while The Definitive Collection gets some marks for its inclusion of every charting single as well as select album tracks, the rarities are what sets it apart. First is the inclusion of the Nick Lowe-produced version of the Lorenz Hart tune "Blue Moon" from the Apollo 13 soundtrack, and there are also two cuts never before issued in the U.S., "I Don't Care (If You Don't Love Me Anymore)" together with the live "Rancho Grande" from the 1998 Canadian mini-album It's Now! It's Live! With 20 tracks total, great notes by Rich Kienzle, and remastered sound, this is solid compilation that introduces the band to initiates and provides over an hour of listening pleasure for hardcore devotees.

Customer Reviews

What a voice!

I hear Raul Malo sing 'Blue Moon' and it makes me want to have his babies! He can sing the phone book to me, I'll buy it.

A Truly "IT" Band

Many have said The Mavericks are truly hard to define. Are they Country? Are they Rock? Doesn't matter. There music enjoys a fan base that is extremely dedicated and anxiously awaiting their next project. Raul Malo has a great voice and the band is outstanding. See them in person and you will know why they are very enjoyable!

Why aren't they a super group of some kind?

Wow, I hear a bit of Roy Orbison, Ronnie Milsap, Lyle Lovett, Moe Bandy, Merle Haggard, Rascal Flats, only better. This group had it all: fun, catchy, original, fresh, danceable, honky tonk'n, polished--all without being too slick and over produced. Fun, the way music is meant to be. Songs that make you tap, tap, tap. Songs that bring back the memories of a love lost, but without depressing you to suicide. Great stuff!!!!


Formed: 1989 in Miami, FL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Fusing traditional country with a rich variety of rock, pop, and Latin influences, the Mavericks became one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early '90s. The group's run of hits faded in the 21st century, yet they still held on to a loyal fan base who embrace the group's enthusiastic eclecticism. Led by singer/songwriter Raul Malo (born August 7, 1965, Miami, Florida), the band was formed in Florida in the late '80s. Malo had previously played in several...
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