The Marty Party Hit Pack

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The Marty Party Hit Pack
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Compilation album by Marty Stuart
Released 1995 (1995)
Genre Country
Length 37:35
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Various
Marty Stuart chronology
Love and Luck
(1994)Love and Luck1994
The Marty Party Hit Pack
(1995)
Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best
(1996)Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best1996

The Marty Party Hit Pack is a compilation album by American country music singer Marty Stuart. It was released in 1995 via MCA Nashville.

Content[edit]

The album includes several cuts from Stuart's 1991 album Tempted and 1992 album This One's Gonna Hurt You, plus his 1991 duet with Travis Tritt, "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'", previously on Tritt's 1991 album It's All About to Change.[1] Two tracks on the album previously appeared on multi-artist tribute albums: the rendition of The Band's "The Weight" previously appeared on the 1994 album Rhythm, Country and Blues,[1] and the rendition of "Don't Be Cruel" previously appeared on the 1994 album It's Now or Never: The Tribute to Elvis.[1] "The Likes of Me" and "If I Ain't Got You" are new to the compilation. Both were released as singles, but failed to make Top 40 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The latter was originally recorded by Conway Twitty on his 1993 album Final Touches, which, like Stuart's version, was produced by Don Cook.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
New Country3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(neither)[5]

Jana Pendragon of Allmusic rated the album 4.5 out of 5 stars, saying that "This is a hits package that shows off Marty Stuart's hard-earned success with tongue firmly planted in cheek."[3] Jay Orr of New Country rated the compilation 3 out of 5 stars. His review criticized the album as "more like a marketing concept than a career move" due to only six of the songs coming from Stuart's own albums. He praised "If I Ain't Got You" as "a twangy rock 'n' roller" but criticized "The Likes of Me" as "generic radio fodder". Orr also criticized Stuart's vocal performance on the covers of "The Weight" and "Don't Be Cruel", but overall cited the album as a "neat summation of Stuart's work".[4]

The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on August 10, 1998 for U.S. shipments of 500,000 copies.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)[1]Length
1."If I Ain't Got You"Craig Wiseman, Trey BruceDon Cook2:56
2."The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" (with Travis Tritt)Marty Stuart, Ronny ScaifeGregg Brown2:40
3."Hillbilly Rock"Paul KennerleyRichard Bennett, Tony Brown2:37
4."Now That's Country"StuartBennett, T. Brown3:22
5."Burn Me Down"Eddie Miller, Don SessionsBennett, T. Brown2:56
6."The Likes of Me"Larry Boone, Rick BowlesCook3:47
7."Tempted"Kennerley, StuartBennett, T. Brown3:12
8."This One's Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time)" (with Travis Tritt)StuartBennett, T. Brown3:28
9."Little Things"Kennerley, StuartBennett, T. Brown3:10
10."The Weight" (with The Staple Singers)Robbie RobertsonBrown, Don Was3:37
11."Western Girls"KennerleyBennett, T. Brown3:36
12."Don't Be Cruel" (with The Jordanaires)Otis Blackwell, Elvis PresleyWas2:07
Total length:37:35

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The Marty Party Hit Pack (CD booklet). Marty Stuart. MCA Nashville. 1995. MCAD-11204.
  2. ^ "Final Touches". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Pendragon, Jana. "The Marty Party Hit Pack". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b Orr, Jay (April 1995). "Album reviews: The Marty Party Hit Pack". New Country. 2 (5): 66. ISSN 1074-536X.
  5. ^ "Marty Stuart". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Search results for Marty Stuart". RIAA. Retrieved 27 January 2016.