Pure Country (soundtrack)

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Pure Country
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

Tony Brown
George Strait

  • "Heartland (The Title Sequence)" produced by Steve Dorff
George Strait chronology
Holding My Own
Pure Country
Easy Come, Easy Go
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly C- [2]
Q 3/5 stars [3]

The album Pure Country is the soundtrack 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.[4]


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 covered 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 covered 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)

Chart performance[edit]


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


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


Strings conducted and arranged by Steve Dorff.


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