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Reba McEntire: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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Album Review

Reba McEntire's Greatest Hits covered the singer's early tenure on MCA Records, 1984-1987 (following her seven-year stint at Mercury Records), and was thus the sound of a country artist coming into her own. It also found McEntire pledging allegiance to the neo-traditionalist school of country music. Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 is a sampler of what came after in the years 1987 to 1993, as McEntire eased back on the traditionalism and returned to contemporary country crossover. The collection contains ten of the 22 singles McEntire released during the period, all but one of which reached the country Top Ten. Two of them are newly recorded songs: "Does He Love You," a duet with Linda Davis that went on to hit number one and win a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, and "They Asked About You," which reached the Top Ten. The other eight songs are not the eight most successful of the remaining 20 singles. In fact, five number-one hits McEntire scored during the period are missing. (For the record, they are "The Last One to Know," "I Know How He Feels," "New Fool at an Old Game," "Cathy's Clown," and "The Heart Won't Lie.") If the choices seem arbitrary in terms of chart statistics, it may be that McEntire herself made the selections on the basis of what the songs meant to her and what she thought they meant to her fans. "Fancy," for example, a revival of a Bobbie Gentry song that only reached number eight, has a feisty message about succeeding against the odds, even if you have to break the rules to do it, while "The Greatest Man I Never Knew," a woman's reflection on her supportive, if emotionally remote father, may have struck a strong chord with the singer as it did with many of her listeners, even if it didn't quite get to number one. There also seems to have been an attempt to treat the disc as a regular album in the sense of pacing and contrast in tempo. That makes it listenable, and it certainly does contain some of McEntire's better songs of the period. But it omits more than it includes.

Customer Reviews

Classic Reba

This is a great album with great songs. if you are a reba fan, go for it. first time for reba? Great to. it's one of her older albums but i still think it's her best one. plus it has Fancy on it. you can't get more reba or more Country than the song Fancy

Great Song!

"Fancy" is one of my all-time favorites! It is a very sad song and tells a sad and yet great story. They need to make more great songs like this! <33, Lauren

I love fancy!

me and my friend love fancy! we listen 2 it all the time!!

Biography

Born: March 28, 1955 in McAlester, OK

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Reba McEntire was the most successful female recording artist in country music in the 1980s and 1990s, during which time she scored 22 number one hits and released five gold albums, six platinum albums, two double-platinum albums, four triple-platinum albums, a quadruple-platinum album, and a quintuple-platinum album, for certified album sales of 33.5 million over the 20-year period. While she continued to sell records in healthy numbers into the 21st century, she expanded her activities as an actress...
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