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Year of Release: 1999
Come Early Morning
Atta Way To Go
The Shelter Of Your Eyes
We Should Be Together
I Wouldn't Want To Live
If You Didn't
The Ties That Bind
You're My Best Friend
(Turn Out The Light
And) Love Me
Till The Rivers
All Run Dry
Say It Again
She Never Knew Me
Some Broken Hearts
I'm Just A Country Boy
I've Got A Winner In You
Rake And Ramblin' Man
Lay Down Beside Me
It Must Be Love
Love Me Over Again
Good Ole Boys Like Me
I Believe In You
Lord I Hope This
Day Is Good
If I Needed You
Listen To The Radio
If Hollywood Don't
Love Is On A Roll
Nobody But You
That's The Thing
Walkin' A Broken Heart
We've Got A Good
Then It's Love
I've Been Loved
By The Best
Back In My
Just As Long
As I Have You
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Country legend Don Williams marks his debut this week, with his 2-disc Anthology. His music is pure country. Achieving 17 #1 Country hits
in his career, 16 are on this compilation: "I Wouldn't Want To Live If You Didn't Want Me" (1974), "You're My Best Friend" (1975),
"(Turn Out The Light And) Love Me Tonight)" (1975), "Till The Rivers All Run Dry" (1976), "Say It Again" (1976), "Some Broken
Hearts Will Never Mend" (1977), "I'm Just A Country Boy" (1977), "Tulsa Time" (1978), "It Must Be Love" (1979), "Love Me Over
Again" (1980), "I Believe In You" (1980), "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good" (1982), "If Hollywood Don't Need You" (1983), "Love Is
On A Roll" (1983), "That's The Thing About Love" (1984), and "Heartbeat In The Darkness" (1986). The remaining #1: "Stay Young"
(1984). Most anthology/best of/greatest hits compilations that does not include all of an artist's #1 hits were due to different record labels.
In researching his labels, all of his #1 hits were on MCA. "Stay Young" was not on this Anthology, although his remaining #1 hits afterwards
are. He did move to another label, on Capitol for two albums (1986-1987), then he moved to RCA Nashville from 1989 to 1992. American Harvest would be his
next label, from 1994 to 1996, including a live album. Giant would be his next label, in 1998. He returned in 2001 for another live release on Row Music,
then in 2004 on Intersound. Sugar Hill would be his most recent releases, in 2012 and 2014.
What makes this compilation outstanding are not only his #1 hits, but the other hits/album tracks. Take the first track, "Come Early Morning"
from 1973. Is this Don Williams? His baritone voice was easily recognizable, but on this track, he sounds more tenor, even sounding like a future artist,
by the name of Brad Paisley. "Amanda" would be most famous by Waylon Jennings; Williams' take on this great song is just as good. "The Shelter
Of Your Eyes" is also different sounding than his trademark baritone. Then the remaining non-#1 tracks are representing his rich and quality baritone
voice he would be recognized and remembered for. Interesting note on his #1 "She Never Knew Me", as it is more compared to Waylon. Other #1's,
"Tulsa Time" was also covered by Eric Clapton. "It Must Be Love" was covered (and hit #1 with his version) by Alan Jackson.
All the main hits are here, from the time period of 1973-1991. His core of hits was in the late 1970s/early 1980s. His distinctive voice is well-loved
by many. Don Williams is Pure Country, True Country. I've often thought that he could be one of the Highwaymen, replacing either Johnny Cash or Waylon
Jennings. The surviving members (Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson) were recruiting Merle Haggard recently, and we've wondered who would be the
other two legend singers would be. Or, in some cases, both Cash and Jennings are irreplacable, and they would remain as they were. No word on any
recordings by a newly recuited Highwaymen yet.
If you remember the well-known hits of Country in the 1970s and 1980s decade, their is no doubt you would remember Don Williams. Although he retired,
he did occassionally record new material. Don Williams' Anthology covers the main core of his great career in Country music. Absolutely a
compilation to be played over and over, without any tiredness whatsover.
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