Unchained Melody: The Early Years

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Unchained Melody: The Early Years
Compilation album by LeAnn Rimes
Released February 11, 1997
Recorded 1994-1996, Norman Petty Studios (Clovis, N.M.) Rosewood Stuidios (Tyler Texas), Masterfonics (Nashville, Tennessee)
Genre Country
Length 32:36
Label Curb Records
Producer Greg Walker, Johnny Mulhair, Wilbur C. Rimes
LeAnn Rimes chronology
Unchained Melody: The Early Years
(1997)
God Bless America
(2001)

Unchained Melody: The Early Years or simply The Early Years[1][2][3][4] is a compilation album by American country singer LeAnn Rimes, released in the United States on February 11, 1997 (see 1997 in music) by Curb Records. Due to high sales of her debut album, Blue, the album consists of tracks recorded previously to Blue (tracks one, two and five through nine were taken from Rimes' independent album, under Nor Va Jak label, All That (1994). "Unchained Melody" (originally by The Righteous Brothers) was released on a single as a B-side track with "Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart" at Target stores during the 1996 Christmas season alongside Rimes' debut album. The album contains cover versions of "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" by Patsy Montana, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by Bill Monroe, "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton, "Yesterday" by The Beatles. The album has been certified 2× Platinum for shipments of two million copies in the United States.

Background[edit]

Due to high sales of Rimes' debut album, Blue,[5] Curb Records used several tracks recorded from Rimes' commercial album, All That,[6][7] all of which were recorded when Rimes was eleven years old.[8][7] The only songs not recorded prior to Blue is Rimes' cover of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky and the song "River of Love". "Unchained Melody" was originally released on a single as a B-side track with "Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart" at Target stores during the 1996 Christmas season alongside Rimes' debut album.[9][10] The compilation album was released on February 11, 1997 by Curb Records.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[12]

Jose F. Promis of Allmusic gave the album two and a half out of five stars stating that it's "a tad bizarre" due to the album consisting of recordings released prior to Blue, that were recorded when Rimes was eleven years old, as a follow up to her debut album.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Cowboy's Sweetheart"   Patsy Montana 2:32
2. "I Will Always Love You"   Dolly Parton 4:38
3. "Blue Moon of Kentucky"   Bill Monroe 3:17
4. "River of Love"   Buddy Blackmon, Vip Vipperman 3:19
5. "The Rest Is History"   Clay Blaker, Karen Staley 3:09
6. "Broken Wing"   David Nowlen 3:20
7. "Yesterday"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney 3:09
8. "Sure Thing"   Joyce Harrison 2:41
9. "Share My Love"   Rimes, Blake Vickers 2:40
10. "Unchained Melody"   Alex North, Hy Zaret 3:51

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Unchained Melody: The Early Years were adapted from liner notes of All That.[6] Additional credits adapted from liner notes of the album.[1]

Charts[edit]

Unchained Melody: The Early Years debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 with 166,000 copies sold in the week ending of March 1, 1997,[13] it dropped to #2 in its second week with 133,500 copies sold.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Unchained Melody: The Early Years (CD). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 1997. D2-77856. 
  2. ^ Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart (CD single). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 1996. PRCD-6945-2. 
  3. ^ "Billboard - Google 도서". Books.google.co.kr. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Curb Catalog: Home". Artists.curb.com. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  5. ^ CMT Inside Fame: LeAnn Rimes CMT (2004-4-12) Retrieved 2011-10-8
  6. ^ a b All That (CD). LeAnn Rimes. Nor Va Jak. 1994. 98081-1234-2. 
  7. ^ a b "The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music - Paul Kingsbury, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - Google 도서". Books.google.co.kr. 2004-12-16. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  8. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Country Music - Google 도서". Books.google.co.kr. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  9. ^ "Amazon.com: Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart: LeAnn Rimes: Music". amazon.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Billboard - Google 圖書". Books.google.co.kr. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  11. ^ "Early Years: Unchained Melody: Leann Rimes: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  12. ^ a b Promis, Jose F. (1997-02-11). "Unchained Melody: The Early Years - LeAnn Rimes". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  13. ^ "Billboard - Google 도서". Books.google.co.kr. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  14. ^ "Billboard - Google 圖書". Books.google.co.kr. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "LeAnn Rimes - Unchained Melody - The Early Years". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  16. ^ a b c [1]. billboard.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  17. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 1997". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  19. ^ a b [2]. google.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  20. ^ [3]. google.com. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – LeAnn Rimes – Unchained Melody-The Early Years". Music Canada. 
  23. ^ "American album certifications – LeAnn Rimes – The Early Years". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt
Billboard 200 number-one album
March 1, 1997 - March 7, 1997
Succeeded by
Secret Samadhi by Live
Preceded by
Blue
by LeAnn Rimes
Top Country Albums number-one album
March 1, 1997 - May 9, 1997
Succeeded by
Carrying Your Love with Me
by George Strait
Preceded by
Did I Shave My Legs for This? by Deana Carter
Did I Shave My Legs for This? by Deana Carter
RPM Country Albums number-one album
March 17, 1997 - March 30, 1997
April 14, 1997 - April 20, 1997
Succeeded by
Did I Shave My Legs for This? by Deana Carter
Did I Shave My Legs for This? by Deana Carter