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Album Review

Even though the title should be taken with a grain of salt — an enormous number of these 44 songs did reach number one, but a handful only peaked at two or three — there's no denying that For the Record is an impressive achievement. Spanning two discs and two decades, For the Record contains nearly every great song Alabama recorded, plus three new tunes. If any single album provides definitive proof as to why Alabama is the most popular country band of all time, this is it — they make this appealingly polished, hook-heavy, radio-ready mainstream pop sound easy as pie. Alabama may have had a couple of album cuts every now and then that were quite good, but they were at their best turning out hits as a singles band, as such contemporary classics as "Tennessee River," "Mountain Music," "The Closer You Get," "Forty Hour Week (For a Livin')," "Jukebox on My Mind," and "Down Home" illustrate. Consequently, it's hard not to view For the Record, with its virtual cornucopia of hits, as the definitive Alabama collection, maybe even the definitive Alabama album.

Customer Reviews

Good, But....

This is the best collection of Alabama songs out there, but it does not have Angels Amoung Us on it. If it had that song on it this would be the only Alabama album you would need to buy.


Alabama is one of my favorite country bands. Its the real thing. They tell about the good ole days. Amen. I'd give them 10 stars if I could.

Best Greatest Hits Album Ever

This album is excellent, but it's missing the song "My Home's In Alabama" which was pretty much their 1st #1 hit ever. I don't know why they didn't put the song on there, but who knows. Other than that, this album should be downloaded with a steal at $17.00.


Formed: 1977 in Fort Payne, AL

Genre: Country

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

Before Alabama, bands were usually relegated to a supporting role in country music. In the first part of the century, bands were popular with audiences across the country, but as recordings became available, nearly every popular recording artist was a vocalist, not a group. Alabama was the group that made country bands popular again. Emerging in the late '70s, the band had roots in both country and rock; in fact, many of Alabama's musical concepts, particularly the idea of a performing band, owed...
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