Album Details

September 12, 2000
MCA Nashville
Country, Country-Pop, Traditional Country, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan

Album Review

Judging an artist on the basis of what hit the top of the charts can occasionally be a risky business, since it's not always true that the best material is the most popular. In the case of Conway Twitty, however, it's an excellent criteria, since over the course of nearly 30 years, the great majority of his singles did indeed reach the top of the chart, so winnowing down his catalog to just number one singles still gives an excellent overview of the scope and quality of Twitty's music, even if it leaves behind such classic sides as "I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving," which peaked at a mere four. In fact, even though MCA Nashville/Decca's double-disc collection The #1 Hits Collection has 33 tracks, it doesn't even have all of his number one hits, largely because it cuts off in 1981, the last year he recorded for MCA, so even though this is quite extensive, it doesn't even have all of his chart-toppers! That said, it does have all the number ones from his late-'60s/'70s peak, when he was produced by Owen Bradley and dominated the country charts with his lush romantic ballads and duets with Loretta Lynn, four of which are included here. Yes, 1994's four-disc box set The Conway Twitty Collection fills in some gaps this leaves behind, but those are minor. All the major hits and songs are here, providing both an excellent summary and introduction to this country giant.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. It's Only Make Believe
  2. Next in Line
  3. I Love You More Today
  4. To See My Angel Cry
  5. Hello Darlin'
  6. Fifteen Years Ago
  7. After the Fire Is Gone
  8. How Much More Can She Stand
  9. Lead Me On
  10. (Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date
  11. I Can't Stop Loving You
  12. She Needs Someone to Hold Her (When She Cries)
  13. Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
  14. You've Never Been This Far Before
  15. There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)
  16. As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone
  17. I See the Want in Your Eyes
  18. Linda on My Mind
  19. Touch the Hand
  20. Feelins'
  21. This Time I've Hurt Her More (Than She Loves Me)
  22. After All the Good Is Gone
  23. The Games That Daddies Play
  24. (I Can't Believe) She Gives It All to Me
  25. Play Guitar Play
  26. I've Already Loved You in My Mind
  27. Don't Take It Away
  28. I May Never Get to Heaven
  29. Happy Birthday Darlin'
  30. I'd Love to Lay You Down
  31. Rest Your Love on Me
  32. Tight Fittin' Jeans
  33. Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night
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