Pure Country (soundtrack)

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Pure Country
PureCountry.jpg
Soundtrack album by George Strait
Released September 15, 1992
Recorded Tracks 1-10 at SoundStage and Emerald Studios, Nashville
Track 11 at Warner Studios, Burbank, CA
Genre Country
Length 31:02
Label MCA
Producer

Tony Brown
George Strait

  • "Heartland (The Title Sequence)" produced by Steve Dorff
George Strait chronology
Holding My Own
(1992)
Pure Country
(1992)
Easy Come, Easy Go
(1993)
Singles from Pure Country
  1. "Heartland"
    Released: January 4, 1993
  2. "I Cross My Heart"
    Released: September 28, 1992
  3. "When Did You Stop Loving Me"
    Released: April 19, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly C- [2]
Q 3/5 stars [3]

Pure Country is the first soundtrack and thirteenth studio album by George Strait and to the movie Pure Country, and all songs are sung by George Strait. It was released in 1992 by MCA Records. It is Strait's most commercially successful album, having sold over six million copies. This was the first George Strait album to not be fully Digital Recorded although most of the album was cut on full analog sources that is what gave the album more of a natural sound.[4]

Content[edit]

This was the first album of Strait's career to feature Tony Brown, who has produced all of Strait's subsequent albums. Strait and Brown produced the entire album except for the main title sequence version of "Heartland", which was produced by Steve Dorff.

Music videos were made for "I Cross My Heart" and "Heartland."[5] Both of these songs were Number One hits for Strait on the Billboard country charts, and "When Did You Stop Loving Me" (which was later recorded by George Jones on his 1998 album It Don't Get Any Better Than This) was a #6 hit. "Overnight Male", originally recorded by B.B. Watson on his 1991 debut album Light at the End of the Tunnel, also charted at #72 from unsolicited airplay. "The King of Broken Hearts" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" were written or co-written and originally recorded by Jim Lauderdale on his album, Planet of Love. The former was later recorded by Mark Chesnutt on his 1995 album Wings, and by Lee Ann Womack on her 2008 album Call Me Crazy. The latter was also recorded by Jann Browne on her 1991 album, It Only Hurts When I Laugh.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heartland" (Steve Dorff, John Bettis) - 2:16
  2. "Baby Your Baby" (Phil Thomas, Hal Newman) - 2:42
  3. "I Cross My Heart" (Dorff, Eric Kaz) - 3:30
  4. "When Did You Stop Loving Me" (Donny Kees, Monty Holmes) - 2:48
  5. "She Lays It All on the Line" (Clay Blaker) - 2:30
  6. "Overnight Male" (Richard Fagan, Kim Williams, Ron Harbin) - 2:36
  7. "Last in Love" (J. D. Souther, Glenn Frey) - 3:35
  8. "Thoughts of a Fool" (Mel Tillis, Wayne P. Walker) - 2:12
  9. "The King of Broken Hearts" (Jim Lauderdale) - 3:08
  10. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (Lauderdale, John Leventhal) - 3:08
  11. "Heartland (Main Title Sequence)" (Dorff, Bettis) - 2:42
    • featuring George Strait, Jr. (Aka. Bubba Strait)

Personnel[edit]

Strings conducted and arranged by Steve Dorff.

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 6
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Albums 32

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1992 "I Cross My Heart" 1 1
1993 "Heartland" 1 1
"When Did You Stop Loving Me" 6 6

References[edit]

Preceded by
Tell Me Why
by Wynonna
Top Country Albums number-one album
July 3–9, 1993
Succeeded by
It Won't Be the Last
by Billy Ray Cyrus
Preceded by
The Chase
by Garth Brooks
RPM Country Albums number-one album
December 26, 1992 - January 1, 1993
Succeeded by
Some Gave All
by Billy Ray Cyrus