Strait Out of the Box

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Strait Out of the Box
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Box set by George Strait
Released 12 September 1995
Recorded June 1976 – April 10, 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 a box set album by American country music artist George Strait. It contains four albums worth of music, dating from 1976 up to 1995. It mainly consists of Strait's singles, except for a select few that Strait decided to exclude. 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; one of which, "I Just Can't Go on Dying Like This," was re-recorded for Strait's 2013 album Love Is Everything.[4]

"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 two million copies, and is second only to the Live 1975–85 box set by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in sales.

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

Personnel[edit]

  • Tim Alexander- piano on "Big Ball's in Cowtown"
  • David Anthony- acoustic guitar
  • Ron Anthony- acoustic guitar
  • Joe Barnhill- acoustic guitar
  • Eddie Bayers- drums
  • Richard Bennett- acoustic guitar
  • Ray Benson- acoustic guitar and background vocals on "Big Ball's in Cowtown"
  • Chuck Berghofer- bass guitar
  • Matt Betton- drums
  • George Binkley III- strings
  • Pete Bordonali- electric guitar
  • John David Boyle- strings
  • Clyde Brooks- drums
  • Ronnie Brooks- acoustic guitar
  • Larry Byrom- electric guitar
  • Sandra Callaway- background vocals
  • Buddy Cannon- background vocals
  • Jimmy Capps- acoustic guitar
  • Jerry Carrigan- drums
  • Cindy Cashdollar- steel guitar on "Big Ball's in Cowtown"
  • Marcy Cates- background vocals
  • Margie Cates- background vocals
  • Marvin Chantry- strings
  • Steve Chapman- acoustic guitar
  • Joe Chemay- bass guitar
  • Gene Chrisman- drums
  • Roy Christenson- strings
  • Virginia Christenson- strings
  • Doug Clements- background vocals
  • Mike Daily- steel guitar
  • Hank DeVito- steel guitar
  • Floyd Domino- piano
  • Steve Dorff- conductor, string arrangements
  • Glen Duncan- fiddle
  • Stuart Duncan- fiddle
  • Gene Elders- fiddle
  • Buddy Emmons- steel guitar
  • Mark Feldman- fiddle
  • Gregg Field- drums
  • Rito Figlio- background vocals
  • Phil Fisher- drums
  • Pat Flynn- acoustic guitar
  • Tom Foote- drums
  • Michael Francis- saxophone
  • Paul Franklin- steel guitar, dobro
  • Gregg Galbraith- acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Sonny Garrish- dobro, steel guitar
  • Bob Golette- drums
  • Steve Gibson- acoustic guitar, electric guitar, hi-string acoustic guitar
  • Johnny Gimble- fiddle, mandolin
  • Emory Gordy Jr.- bass guitar
  • Carl Gorodetzky- strings
  • Ruben Gosfeld- steel guitar
  • Lennie Haight- strings
  • Rob Hajacos- fiddle
  • Owen Hale- drums
  • Terry Hale- bass guitar
  • Arlene Hardin- background vocals
  • Bobby Hardin- background vocals
  • Hoot Hester- fiddle
  • John Hobbs- keyboards
  • Jim Horn- saxophone
  • Ronnie Huckaby- piano
  • Sherilyn Huffman- background vocals
  • John Hughey- steel guitar
  • Mitch Humphries- keyboards
  • David Hungate- bass guitar
  • Leo Jackson- acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • John Barlow Jarvis- piano
  • Gwen Kay- background vocals
  • Dave Kirby- acoustic guitar
  • Jerry Kroon- drums
  • Mike Leech- bass guitar
  • Larrie Londin- drums
  • Bill Mabry- fiddle
  • Liana Manis- background vocals
  • Steve Marsh- saxophone
  • Brent Mason- acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Benny McArthur- electric guitar
  • Randy McCormick- piano
  • Wade McCurdy- background vocals
  • Rick McRae- electric guitar
  • Bill Miller- piano
  • David Miller- bass guitar on "Big Ball's in Cowtown"
  • Dennis Molchan- strings
  • Alan Moore- string arrangements
  • Bob Moore- bass guitar
  • Weldon Myrick- steel guitar
  • The Nashville String Machine- strings
  • Steve Nathan- piano, organ, synthesizer
  • Fred Newell- electric guitar
  • Jody Nix- background vocals on "Big Ball's in Cowtown"
  • Louis Dean Nunley- background vocals
  • Mark O'Conner- fiddle
  • Larry Paxton- bass guitar
  • Leon Rhodes- bass guitar
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins- keyboards
  • Judy Rodman- background vocals
  • Matt Rollings- piano
  • Jack Ross- bass guitar
  • Brent Rowan- electric guitar
  • David Sanger- drums on "Big Ball's in Cowtown"
  • Walter Schwede- strings
  • Randy Scruggs- acoustic guitar
  • Eldon Shamblin- electric guitar on "Big Ball's in Cowtown"
  • Donna Sheridan- background vocals
  • Jerry Shook- acoustic guitar
  • Frank Sinatra- vocals on "Fly Me to the Moon"
  • Leland Sklar- bass guitar
  • Buddy Spicher- fiddle
  • Harry Stinson- background vocals
  • George Strait- acoustic guitar, lead vocals, background vocals
  • Henry Strzelecki- bass guitar
  • Donald Teal- strings
  • Bobby Thompson- acoustic guitar
  • Hank Thompson- vocals on "Six Pack to Go"
  • Diane Tidwell- background vocals
  • Ricky Turpin- fiddle and mandolin on "Big Ball's in Cowtown"
  • Gary Van Osdale- strings
  • Pamela Van Osdale- strings
  • Billy Joe Walker Jr.- electric guitar
  • Jamie Whiting- keyboards
  • Patrick Williams- conductor
  • Bobby Wood- keyboards
  • Stephanie Woolf- strings
  • Glenn Worf- bass guitar
  • Paul Yandell- acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Chip Young- electric guitar
  • Curtis Young- background vocals
  • Reggie Young- electric guitar
  • Andrea Zonn- background vocals

Chart performance[edit]

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

References[edit]

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