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Best So Far
Anne Murray
Best So Far
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
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Not exactly a country artist, since her records lack twang, and too casual and intimate to make for a standard-issue MOR pop performer, Anne Murray's phenomenally warm, smooth voice has nevertheless secured a lofty place f...  more »


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All Artists: Anne Murray
Title: Best So Far
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 11/29/1994
Release Date: 11/29/1994
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724383115822, 724383115822, 724383115822, 724383115822

Not exactly a country artist, since her records lack twang, and too casual and intimate to make for a standard-issue MOR pop performer, Anne Murray's phenomenally warm, smooth voice has nevertheless secured a lofty place for her in both categories--and has occasionally brought her into the mainstream (read: traditionally rock and soul dominated) pop arena. If you're not a fan, or much of a country enthusiast, it's her '70s pop hits that'll make the package worthwhile. "Snowbird" is here, as is "You Needed Me." If you are a fan, or are looking for songs that hit only on the country or Canadian charts, there'll be a lot of key stuff missing. Investigate the 3 CD Now and Forever collection. --Gavin McNett

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Reviewed on 4/6/2010...
I grew up listening to Anne Murray in the house... this CD had years of memories rolled into one! My mother was very excited to find out I got it... she has been listening and singing to the tunes. Wonderful easy listening music.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Katcha S. (Jain) from FORT JONES, CA
Reviewed on 12/10/2009...
An excellent collection - LOTS of very good songs and decent variety from a singer too. (not just country all the way thru although they could be classified that) Lovely to listen to!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Arlene M. (okiegranny) from BETHANY, OK
Reviewed on 10/29/2006...
This is a great disc for Anne Murray fans...great in the car.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

CD Reviews

A Must for Serious Music Fans!
K. Downey | Atmore, AL | 07/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anne Murray - The Best...So Far is must for any serious music collection. Murray has been in the business more than 35 years, has sold more than 40 million records, and is still selling out concert halls today. The songs included are songs we all know by heart including her four Grammy winning songs (Love Song, You Needed Me, Could I Have This Dance, A Little Good News), the early RPM award winning songs (Snowbird, Danny's Song), her Duet of the Year with Dave Loggins (Nobody Loves Me Like You Do), and countless others. The woman who has been named Female Vocalist of the Year more than 20 times by various awards shows and has won more JUNOs than anyone - EVER -has indeed put 20 of her finest tracks on this one CD. This includes one unreleased gem of a song - the sweetly sentimental Over You. Of course there will be some songs that weren't included on the CD that could have been there, but that's only because Murray had so many top-notch songs to choose from. Indeed, these 20 songs do represent Murray's incredible success in the far. If it's not in your collection, add it right away. You won't be disappointed."
First-Class Best Of From A Distinctive, Reliable Hitmaker
Anthony G Pizza | FL | 08/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Distilled from the exhaustive 3CD set "Now and Forever," Anne Murray's "The Best...So Far" lives up to its title. It gleans some of the best pop/country crossover hits from one of music's most distinctive, reliable voices.Influenced as much by the blue-eyed soul of Dusty Springfield and by 50s pop singers like Patti Page as folk or country, Murray conveys emotion and drama with minimal histrionics. Her versions of Kenny Loggins' "Danny's Song" and "A Love Song" are calm and reassuring where their author's vocals were Seventies singer-songwriter sweet. Murray's 1978-81 string of hits ("Broken Hearted Me," "Could I Have This Dance," the elegant "You Needed Me") preserved adult MOR in years dominated by hard rock and disco ("You Needed Me" was Top 10 with "Boogie Oogie Oogie," and "Kiss You All Over"). She gives the same essential country/rock feel to the Beatles' "You Won't See Me" and to Jo Stafford's "Make Love To Me," recorded 20 years apart, hitting the mark each time.Some song choices are contestable; her take of the Everlys' "Walk Right Back" would have been preferable to David Foster's "Now and Forever," as outdated musically as "A Little Good News" is lyrically (these days, few people watch Bryant Gumbel talk about anything). But overall, "The Best...So Far" is the Anne Murray collection to get for casual fans, summing her greatest hits in a portrait of what Carole King called "a very thorough professional." Highly recommended."