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John Anderson
"Greatest Hits [WB]"

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Year of Release: 1984

track listing
  • Swingin'
  • I Just Came To
    Count The
  • She Just Started
    Liking Cheatin'
  • 1959
  • Chicken Truck
  • I'm Just An Old
    Chunk Of Coal
    (But I'm Gonna
    Be A Diamond
  • Would You Catch
    A Falling Star
  • Wild And Blue
  • Your Lying Blue Eyes
  • Black Sheep

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    "Greatest Hits [WB]"

    John Anderson may not be a household name in country music, but his "signature" tune may have you saying, "Oh, I remember that one!..." "Swingin'" was released in 1983, and the minute I first heard it, I knew it would become a country classic. Anderson's Greatest Hits release in 1984, captures country music the way it used to be, with the typical honky-tonkin' sound and ballads sounding more country, than how it sounds today, where it sounds more like pop/rock than country.

    "Swingin'" is probably the biggest hit of John Anderson's career. "I Just Came Home To Count The Memories" is a ballad, and I can't help but hear a familiar Roger Whittaker atmosphere about this song, hearing Whittaker's signature song, "The Last Farewell." Country songs are most famous for cheating, as "She Just Started Liking Cheatin' Songs," and its the typical country sounding song, referring to the "old country" of the 1970s, early 1980s.

    Another nice sounding ballad is "1959." And speaking of "old country" again, "Chicken Truck" has the typical country honky-tonk sound. True Country best defines "I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Some Day)." With a title like that, you know it's definitely country...

    "Would You Catch A Falling Star" is a medium-tempo ballad, and again, its definitely country. Banjo-pickin is heard on "Wild And Blue," as all the songs on this compilation has a nice country sound. Like most of the medium-tempo ballads, "Your Lying Blue Eyes" could easily have been recorded by the likes of Randy Travis, as Anderson's voice could be an "almost contender" to Travis' musical and vocal style.

    The album's closing is another well-known song (at least for me), "Black Sheep," another great country song, just as great as "Swingin.'"

    Country music, and not pop/rock country is the sound of John Anderson's Greatest Hits. One song that should of been included, but wasn't, is his version of "Haunted House." Three songs come to mind when I think of John Anderson, as two of them are featured on this compilation: "Swingin'," "Black Sheep," and "Haunted House." The remaining songs on this album are treasures, as they best define the sound of true country.

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