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Strait from the Heart

George Strait

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George Strait’s second album was his breakout moment, and Strait from the Heart remains one of the single best albums from the somewhat fallow era of early-‘80s country. Bolstered by four stone-cold classic singles (“Fool Hearted Memory,” “A Fire I Can’t Put Out” and the timeless rodeo anthem “Amarillo by Morning”) as well as two influential fusions of pop and country (“Marina del Rey” and “Lover in Disguise”), the album is an early indication of Strait’s commitment to front-to-back quality. But don’t let the big hits distract from the other outstanding album tracks. “Honky Tonk Crazy” and “The Only Thing I Have Left” could have easily stood on their own as singles, while “I Can’t See Texas from Here” reintroduced Nashville to classic Western Swing. “Heartbroke” might be the album’s most unassuming song, but it is easily one of the most special tracks in Strait’s catalog. Accompanied by a spry mandolin, Strait gives Guy Clark’s song just the right balance between dance-floor pep and last-round jukebox blues.

Customer Reviews


Georges finest.

Of Course it is 5 Stars

Marina del Rey is one of my all time favorite songs.


Not a surprise that this is a 5 star cd! It's George! My favorite ones on this older cd is Heartbroke and Fool Hearted Memory.


Born: May 18, 1952 in Poteet, TX

Genre: Country

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

Out of all the country singers to emerge in the 1980s, George Strait stayed the closest to traditional country. Drawing from both the honky tonk and Western swing traditions, Strait didn't refashion the genres; instead, he revitalized them. In the process, he became one of the most popular and influential singers of the era, sparking a wave...
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