Greatest Hits (Alabama album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Alabama
Released January 1986 (1986-01)
Recorded 1985 (new tracks)
1980–1982, 1984 (older tracks)
Genre Country
Length 48:21
Label RCA Nashville
Producer Harold Shedd and Alabama
Alabama chronology
Alabama Christmas
(1985)
Greatest Hits
(1986)
The Touch
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits package released by the American country music band Alabama. The album was released on RCA Nashville in 1986, and has since been certified platinum for sales of 5 million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]

By the mid-1980s, Alabama had become the most dominant act in country music. During the first half of the decade, the Fort Payne, Alabama-based group had 18 No. 1 songs in as many single releases (discounting their 1982 Christmas single, "Christmas in Dixie"). They had released six multi-platinum albums and had won many awards from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music.

Alabama's first greatest hits album includes eight of their hit singles; seven of those reached No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart between 1980 and 1985. The eighth song of that group was "My Home's in Alabama", widely considered by fans to be their signature tune (despite only reaching No. 17).

Extended live concert versions of "My Home's in Alabama" and "Tennessee River", recorded at June Jam in 1985, are presented on this album. The album-length versions of "Why, Lady, Why" and "Mountain Music" are also included, as opposed to their respective single/radio edits. The version of "She and I" included here (complete with false fade-out toward the end of the song) runs more than five minutes, nearly 1½ minutes longer than the single edit.

The album contains two new tracks. Of these, "She and I" was the only single release, and it became the band's 19th No. 1 song in April 1986. The other song, "The Fans", is Alabama's ode of thanks to their fans.

Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "She and I" (Dave Loggins) – 5:18A
  2. "Mountain Music" (Randy Owen) – 4:12
  3. "Feels So Right" (Owen) – 3:37
  4. "Old Flame" (Donny Lowery, Mac McAnally) – 3:12
  5. "Tennessee River" (live version) (Owen) – 8:06A

Side B[edit]

  1. "Love in the First Degree" (Tim DuBois, Jim Hurt) – 3:18
  2. "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" (Loggins, Don Schlitz, Lisa Silver) – 3:21
  3. "Why Lady Why" – (Teddy Gentry, Rick Scott) – 4:11
  4. "The Fans" – (Greg Fowler, Gentry, Owen) – 4:54A
  5. "My Home's in Alabama" – (live version) (Gentry, Owen) 8:27A

A Previously unreleased

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 24
Canadian RPM Top Albums 64

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1986 "She and I" 1 1

References[edit]

Preceded by
Live in London
by Ricky Skaggs
Top Country Albums number-one album
April 5–12, 1986
Succeeded by
A Memory Like You
by John Schneider
Preceded by
A Memory Like You
by John Schneider
Top Country Albums number-one album
April 26 - May 10, 1986
Succeeded by
Five-O
by Hank Williams, Jr.