Beyond the Blue Neon

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Beyond the Blue Neon
Studio album by George Strait
Released February 6, 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Country
Length 28:20
Label MCA
Producer Jimmy Bowen
George Strait
George Strait chronology
If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin'
Beyond the Blue Neon
Livin' It Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune (favorable) [2]

Beyond the Blue Neon is the ninth studio album by American country music artist George Strait and 12th overall. It was released by MCA Records on February 6, 1989. It is certified platinum by the RIAA, and it produced the singles "Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye", "What's Going on in Your World", "Ace in the Hole", and "Overnight Success". While the first three singles all reached Number One on the Billboard country charts in 1989, "Overnight Success" was a #8 for Strait in 1990. "Hollywood Squares" also charted at #67 in 1990 based on unsolicited airplay.


Two of this album's tracks were previously recorded by other artists, while two more were later covered by others. "Leavin's Been Comin' (For a Long, Long Time)" was originally cut by Gene Watson on 1983's Little By Little, and the title track was originally recorded by its co-writer, Larry Boone, on his 1988 Swingin' Doors, Sawdust Floors (the title of which also references this song). In addition, "Oh Me, Oh My, Sweet Baby" was later recorded by Diamond Rio on their 1992 album Close to the Edge, from which it was released as a single. Finally, David Ball covered "What's Going On in Your World" on his 2007 album Heartaches by the Number.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Beyond the Blue Neon" Larry Boone, Paul Nelson 2:56
2. "Hollywood Squares" Larry Cordle, Wayland Patton, Jeff Tanguay 2:45
3. "Overnight Success" Sanger D. Shafer 3:10
4. "Ace in the Hole" Dennis Adkins 2:39
5. "Leavin's Been Comin' (For a Long, Long Time)" Sonny Throckmorton, Joseph Allen, Dave Kirby 3:01
6. "Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye" Tony Martin, Troy Martin 3:30
7. "What's Going On in Your World" David Chamberlain, Royce Porter, Red Steagall 3:28
8. "Angel, Angelina" L. David Lewis 3:14
9. "Too Much of Too Little" Curtis Wayne 2:20
10. "Oh Me, Oh My, Sweet Baby" Tom Shapiro, Michael Garvin 2:27
Total length: 28:57[1]



  • Bob Bullock - engineer
  • Ron Treat - engineer
  • Tim Kish - engineer
  • Russ Martin - engineer
  • John Guess - mixer
  • Julian King - engineer
  • Sheila Mann - engineer
  • Milan Bogdan - digital editing
  • Don Lanier - pre-production
  • Jessie Noble - projection coordinator
  • Robert Jones - design
  • Steven Pumphrey - photography

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 92
Canadian RPM Country Albums 5


Preceded by
Greatest Hits III
by Hank Williams, Jr.
Top Country Albums number-one album
April 29, 1989
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits III
by Hank Williams, Jr.