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Album Review

There are seven new recordings on Phil Vassar's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, but that doesn't necessarily mean that there are six brand-new songs. Most of these new songs are Vassar's versions of songs he wrote for other people: "Bye Bye" and "I'm Alright" were hits for Jo Dee Messina, "My Next Thirty Years" and "For a Little While" were cut by Tim McGraw, and Collin Raye recorded "Little Red Rodeo." They're joined by three brand-new Vassar tunes — "Twenty One," "The Woman in My Life," and also "Last Day of My Life" — on this generous 15-track collection, which does an excellent job of capturing Vassar's strengths as both a songwriter and a performer. Not that it features every one of his charting singles — 2001's "Rose Bouquet" isn't here, and neither are "This Is God" and "Ultimate Love" from 2003, or 2005's "Good Ole Days" — but they're not missed because of the presence of those aforementioned songs recorded by other artists. These tunes give a fuller picture of Vassar's talents, and explain why he needs a greatest-hits album a mere three years into his career. After all, his proper albums don't touch on these songs, which are among his best, and Vassar's versions match the original hit versions, helping to make Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 not just a good introduction to his music, but the most consistently entertaining album he's yet released.

Customer Reviews

"My Next Thirty Years" is Phil Vassar

Dallas75022, He didn't ruin "My Next Thirty Years" - he wrote it. Tim McGraw just sang it.

songwriting genuis!

this guy can write and sing! his voice is like a mix of bruce springsteen and tim mcgraw! keep it up phil!

simply great...

i LOVE the song" I'll Take That as a yes". This an amazing album with many stand out songs. " Little Red Rodeo" is also fun. And Carlene is a feel good song anyone would love. Every song is great but this is just to name a few. All i haved to say is it's great work Phil, keep it up!


Born: May 28, 1964 in Lynchburg, VA

Genre: Country

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

Contemporary country singer Phil Vassar made his name as a chart-topping songwriter before landing a record deal and becoming a hitmaking artist in his own right. Vassar was born in Lynchburg, VA, and won a track scholarship to James Madison University, where he first began to take music seriously. He moved to Nashville, learned to play piano, and sang his original material in clubs. One club patron and fan brought Vassar's demo tape to his father, crooner Engelbert Humperdinck, and Humperdinck wound...
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