Strait Out of the Box

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Strait Out of the Box
Box set by George Strait
Released 12 September 1995
Recorded June 1976 - 10 April 1995
Genre Country
Length Disc 1 - 51:42
Disc 2 - 53:12
Disc 3 - 59:25
Disc 4 - 52:56
Total - 3:37:15
Label MCA
Producer George Strait
Phil Ramone
Blake Mevis
Don Daily
Hank Cattaneo
Tony Brown
Jimmy Bowen
Ray Benson
Ray Baker
Joe Barnhill
George Strait chronology
Lead On
(1994)
Strait Out of the Box
(1995)
Blue Clear Sky
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly A− [2]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars [3]

Strait Out of the Box is country music singer George Strait's box set. It contains four CDs worth of music, dating from 1976 all the way to 1995. It mainly consists of Strait's singles, except for a select few that Strait decided to leave off. They were replaced by Strait's choice of album cuts and several studio outtakes. In addition, it also contains Strait's three singles recorded in the 1970s for indie label D Records.

"Check Yes or No" and "I Know She Still Loves Me" were both released from this set as singles. Respectively, they reached #1 and #5 on the Billboard country charts.

As of 2006, it was the best selling country music box set of all time, selling more than eight million copies, and is second only to the Live/1975–85 box set by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in sales.

"I Just Can't Go on Dying Like This" was re-recorded for Strait's 2013 album Love Is Everything.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "I Just Can't Go on Dying Like This" (George Strait) - recorded in June 1976 in Ray Doggett Studio, Houston, Texas – 2:46
  2. "(That Don't Change) The Way I Feel About You" (Strait)- recorded in May 1978 in Soundmaster Studio, Houston, Texas – 2:11
  3. "I Don't Want to Talk It Over Anymore" (Strait)- recorded in April 1979 in Soundmaster Studio, Houston, Texas – 3:11
  4. "Unwound" (Dean Dillon, Frank Dycus) – 2:26
  5. "Blame It on Mexico" (Darryl Staedler) – 2:51
  6. "Her Goodbye Hit Me in the Heart" (Dillon, Dycus) – 3:05
  7. "If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)" (Blake Mevis, David Wills) – 2:58
  8. "Any Old Love Won't Do" (Dillon, Dycus)- recorded in February 23, 1982 in Music City Music Hall, Nashville, Tennessee – 3:04
  9. "Fool Hearted Memory" (Byron Hill, Mevis) – 2:39
  10. "Marina del Rey" (Dillon, Dycus) – 3:03
  11. "I Can't See Texas from Here" (Strait) – 2:30
  12. "Heartbroke" (Guy Clark) – 3:34
  13. "What Would Your Memories Do" (Hank Cochran, Dillon) – 3:18
  14. "Amarillo by Morning" (Terry Stafford, Paul Fraser) – 2:53
  15. "I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name" (Lee Emerson) - recorded in March 29, 1983 in Music City Hall, Nashville, Tennessee – 2:45
  16. "A Fire I Can't Put Out" (Staedtler) – 3:00
  17. "You Look So Good in Love" (Glen Ballard, Rory Michael Bourke, Kerry Chater) – 3:13
  18. "80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopper" (Staedtler) – 2:15

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Right or Wrong" (Paul Biese, Haven Gillespie, Arthur L. Sizemore) – 2:06
  2. "Let's Fall to Pieces Together" (Dickey Lee, Tommy Rocco, Johnny Russell) – 2:55
  3. "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" (Sanger D. Shafer, Darlene Shafer) – 3:15
  4. "The Cowboy Rides Away" (Sonny Throckmorton, Casey Kelly) – 3:23
  5. "The Fireman" (Mack Vickery, Wayne Kemp) – 2:35
  6. "The Chair" (Cochran, Dillon) – 2:50
  7. "You're Something Special to Me" (David Anthony) – 3:20
  8. "Haven't You Heard" (Red Lane, Kemp) – 2:55
  9. "In Too Deep" (Jerry Max Lane, Erv Woolsey) – 2:38
  10. "Lefty's Gone" (S. D. Shafer) – 3:15
  11. "Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her" (Dillon) – 2:51
  12. "It Ain't Cool to Be Crazy About You" (Dillon, Royce Porter) – 2:51
  13. "Ocean Front Property" (Dillon, Cochran, Porter) – 3:07
  14. "Rhythm of the Road" (Dan McCoy) – 2:17
  15. "Six Pack to Go" (Dick Hart, Johnny Lowe, Hank Thompson) – 3:02
    • duet with Hank Thompson
  16. "All My Ex's Live in Texas" (S. D. Shafer, Lyndia J. Shafer) – 3:20
  17. "Am I Blue" (David Chamberlain) – 3:06
  18. "Famous Last Words of a Fool" (Dillon, Rex Huston) – 3:26

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Baby Blue" (Barker) – 3:34
  2. "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" (Tommy Collins) – 2:20
  3. "Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye" (Tony Martin, Troy Martin) – 3:30
  4. "Bigger Man Than Me" (Curtis Wayne) – 2:51
  5. "Hollywood Squares" (Larry Cordle, Wayland Patton, Jeff Tanguay) – 2:43
  6. "What's Going On in Your World" (David Chamberlain, Porter, Red Steagall) – 3:28
  7. "Ace in the Hole" (Dennis Adkins) – 2:38
  8. "Love Without End, Amen" (Barker) – 3:07
  9. "Drinking Champagne" (Bill Mack) – 3:35
  10. "I've Come to Expect It from You" (Buddy Cannon, Dillon) – 3:45
  11. "If I Know Me" (Pam Belford, Dillon) – 2:42
  12. "You Know Me Better Than That" (Anna Lisa Graham, Tony Haselden) – 3:03
  13. "The Chill of an Early Fall" (Green Daniel, Gretchen Peters) – 3:32
  14. "Lovesick Blues" (Cliff Friend, Irving Mills) – 2:57
  15. "Milk Cow Blues" (Kokomo Arnold) – 5:12
  16. "Gone as a Girl Can Get" (Jerry Max Lane) – 3:16
  17. "So Much Like My Dad" (Chips Moman, Buddy Emmons) – 3:26
  18. "Trains Make Me Lonesome" (Paul Overstreet, Thom Schuyler) – 3:46

Disc four[edit]

  1. "Wonderland of Love" (Wayne) – 2:56
  2. "I Cross My Heart" (Steve Dorff, Eric Kaz) – 3:31
  3. "Heartland" (Dorff, John Bettis) – 2:18
  4. "When Did You Stop Loving Me" (Donny Kees, Monty Holmes) – 2:50
  5. "Overnight Male" (Richard Fagan, Kim Williams, Ron Harbin) – 2:36
  6. "The King of Broken Hearts" (Jim Lauderdale) – 3:09
  7. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (Lauderdale, John Leventhal) – 3:10
  8. "Easy Come, Easy Go" (Barker, Dillon) – 3:05
  9. "I'd Like to Have That One Back" (Barker, Bill Shore, Rick West) – 3:52
  10. "Lovebug" (Kemp, Wayne) – 2:51
  11. "The Man in Love with You" (Dorff, Gary Harju) – 3:23
  12. "Just Look at Me" (Gerald Smith, Wayne) – 3:10
  13. "Stay out of My Arms" (Lauderdale) – 2:36
  14. "Big Ball's in Cowtown" (Hoyle Nix) – 2:42
  15. "The Big One" (Gerry House, Devon O'Day) – 2:10
  16. "Fly Me to the Moon" (Bart Howard) – 2:10
  17. "Check Yes or No" (Dana Hunt Oglesby, Danny Wells) – 3:20
  18. "I Know She Still Loves Me" (Barker, Holmes) – 3:07

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 9
U.S. Billboard 200 43
Canadian RPM Country Albums 7

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