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Album Review

The 12 songs that make up Capitol's The Best of Michael Martin Murphey compilation are a perfect initiation for those who want a taste of Murphey's biggest hits on both sides of the charts. The tracks are divvied up appropriately, with his earlier "cosmic cowboy" era represented by hits like "Carolina in the Pines," "Geronimo's Cadillac," "Cherokee Fiddle" (from Urban Cowboy), and "Wildfire," his most renowned single. Five other tracks make up some of Murphey's biggest country singles of the early '80s, with "Don't Count the Rainy Days," "What She Wants," and "Still Taking Chances" all making the Top Ten on the country charts. "What's Forever For" gave Murphey his first number one single on the country side, while it went all the way to number 19 on the pop charts at the same time. Both "Disenchanted" and "Radio Land" could have been replaced with more familiar singles, but even so, this set is an inexpensive and satisfying route for exploring both sides of Michael Martin Murphey's material.

Customer Reviews

The quintessential MMM

Six of the songs on this album are all-time classics. Of course everyone knows “Wildfire”, but the inclusion of “Cherokee Fiddle” and “What’s Forever For” on this collection is a great bonus. The first three songs on this album are better than anything most artists could hope for in their career, and they don’t even include “Wildfire”. Even the lesser-known tunes here are catchy, like “Don’t Count the Rainy Days”. These hits all came while MMM was still riding high in mainstream pop music, before he turned his attentions to traditional cowboy music with the release of his hugely popular “Cowboy Songs” albums. At any rate, if you like “Carolina in the Pines” or “Wildfire”, you can’t go wrong with this collection.


Great song, either this isn't the original recording, or my hearing is seriously failing. Find a copy of 'Blue Sky, Night Thunder' and listen to the difference. Didn't listen to 'What's Forever For' off this compilation, because I was too disappointed by 'Wildfire' to want to try.

What happened to the original?

Expected the studio recording, not this mess!


Born: March 14, 1945 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In many ways, Michael Martin Murphey has the career that Michael Nesmith of the Monkees -- with whom Murphey performed early in both of their careers -- might have had if he had never been picked for the NBC series. A guitarist/songwriter, Murphey led the country-rock group the Lewis & Clarke Expedition in the mid- to late '60s and had some pop success, and even got one song, "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?," recorded by the Monkees (with Nesmith singing lead, natch). His songs were cut by the likes...
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