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"Country Gentleman: The Best Of Ricky Skaggs"
© Epic/Legacy Records
Year of Release: 1998
Don't Get Above
You May See Me Walkin'
Crying My Heart Out
I Don't Care
I Wouldn't Change You
If I Could
Highway 40 Blues
You've Got A Lover
Don't Cheat In
Honey (Open That Door)
Something In My Heart
You Make Me Feel
Like A Man
I've Got A New Heartache
Love's Gonna Get You
I Wonder If I Care As Much
Love Can't Ever Get
Better Than This
(Angel On My Mind)
That's Why I'm Walkin'
Old Kind Of Love
Lovin' Only Me
Let It Be You
He Was On To Somethin'
(So He Made You)
Life's Too Long
(To Live Like This)
Same Ol' Love
From The Word Love
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"Country Gentleman: The Best Of Ricky Skaggs"
Ricky Skaggs was one of the popular singers of Country music, from the 1980s decade. His best-of compilation,
Country Gentleman: The Best Of Ricky Skaggs chronicles his greatest hits, album tracks, and more importantly, all
of his #1 Country hits. This best-of covers his music from 1981 to 1991.
He had released two albums in the mid-1970s, (That's It , Sweet Temptation . However none of
these albums generated any huge hits, until 1981's Waitin' For The Sun To Shine.
From that 1981 album, there were a total of four songs on this compilation: "Don't Get Above Your Raisin',"
"You May See Me Walkin',"Crying My Heart Out Over You," [#1], and "I Don't Care" [#1]. The year 1982 saw
his 4th album released (Family And Friends, but no songs from that album is on this compilation.
1982 was the release of Highways And Heartaches, and this would begin Ricky Skaggs' successful career.
Four songs from this album are on this compilation, and three of the four were #1: "Heartbroke," "I Wouldn't Change You
If I Could," "Highway 40 Blues." The remaining non-#1 track is "You've Got A Lover."
The hits kept on coming with 1983's Don't Cheat In Our Hometown. Three songs from it are on this compilation, and
they all hit #1: the title track, "Honey (Open That Door)," "Uncle Pen."
The following year, 1984, was the release of "Country Boy," and two songs are here, "Something In My Heart,"
and the #1 title track.
Not only did he have his share of #1 Country songs, some of his albums also reached the top spot on the Country Album Chart.
Three consecutive releases, Highways And Heartaches, Don't Cheat In Our Hometown, Country Boy. His next album was released
in 1985, Live In London, which also hit #1 on the Country Album Chart. From it, there are three songs, "You Make Me Feel
Like A Man," "Cajun Moon", [#1 Country hit] "I've Got A New Heartache," closing out disc one of Country Gentleman:
The Best Of Ricky Skaggs.
1986 was the year of Skaggs' next studio album, Love's Gonna Get Ya. Three songs are from it, all non-#1 Country tracks:
"Love's Gonna Get You Someday," "I Wonder If I Care As Much" [the Everly Brothers track], "Love Can't Ever Get Better Than
Skaggs' next album was released in 1988, Comin' Home To Stay. Four tracks are from it, all non-#1 Country tracks:
"I'm Tired," "(Angel On My Mind) That's Why I'm Walkin'," "Thanks Again," "Old Kind Of Love Goin' Round."
1989's Kentucky Thunder has five tracks, of which one would be Skaggs' last #1, "Lovin' Only Me." The others:
"Let It Be You," "Heartbreak Hurricane," "Hummingbird," "He Was On To Somethin' (So He Made You)."
"Restless" is the next track, as it was never released from his albums.
The last album from this best-of set was 1991's My Father's Son. The remaining tracks on disc two of this set are:
"Life's Too Long (To Live Like This)," "Same Ol' Love," "From The Word Love."
This best-of is a great compilation of Ricky Skaggs' music. All of his #1 hits are here (11 of them), and all the tracks are
presented in chronological order. Skaggs would continue recording throughout the 1990s into the 21st century. Live albums, Collaborative
albums, Christmas albums. He's basically done it all, in Country and Bluegrass music. Not only an accomplished singer/songwriter, but
a great musician, playing such instruments as the mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo.
11 #1 Country songs, four #1 Country albums. Quite an accomplishment for an artist that is one Country's finest. What is mentioned
on this best-of says it all: Encompassing traditional bluegrass, newgrass and contemporary country music, Ricky Skaggs brought country
purism and down-home sensibility to country and city folk alike. This is the BEST of Ricky Skaggs. Featuring his greatest hits from
1981-1991, this collection celebrates the passion and talent of one of the greatest country artists of all time!
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