I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis Bottom Line:When it comes to modern traditional country music, there are very few who can hold a candle to Randy Travis. Until I started listening to these songs again, I'd kind of forgotten how much I liked Travis, how good his singing is, how good his songs are, & just how truly enjoyable his music was, & still is. His remarkable baritone is every bit as excellent as it ever was, & his songwriting skills are top-notch. It's obviously about time to see an Ultimate Hits collection from Randy Travis-perhaps it'll remind other folks, not just me, how truly great he is.
About Randy TravisSome years ago, in early 1991, I believe it was, I got tickets to see Randy Travis. It was a major concert in a large arena, because he was riding high as one of the reigning kings of country music of the time, one of the greatest of the neo-traditionalists who had brought country music back to what it was supposed to sound like: Solid, traditional, modern, COUNTRY music. Opening for Travis was a newcomer to the neo-traditional scene, some young fellow name of Alan Jackson. Yep, that's how it was-Travis was the big-time headliner.
What happened in the last two decades to turn Jackson into the arena-filling mega-star and send Travis to the lounges in Indian Casinos? The two are actually rather similar in style and delivery, for all Jackson is a tenor and Travis a baritone; during their tour together they wrote a lot of songs together, including one included here, "Better Class of Losers."
He was a multi-Grammy and CMA winner, multiple platinum and double platinum seller, a certified chart-topper. And then, quite suddenly, around 1995, he vanished from the mainstream. He was certainly still recording, and still every bit as excellent. He didn't break the Top Ten again until the 2003 smash "Three Wooden Crosses." I would love it if someone could explain to me why this is, because listening to Travis's Ultimate Hits, I wonder why he's still not filling arenas.
I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis The SongsThere are 32 remarkable tracks on Ultimate Hits, including, of course, the pain-soaked title track. There are samples of his work from his first single, "On the Other Hand," and his first Top Ten hit, "1982," all the way to the remarkable "Three Wooden Crosses," and the now-obligatory brand-new tracks, "Turn It Around," "Love's Alive and Well," and the humorous "You Ain't Right." Travis demonstrates admirably that he's every bit as good as he ever was, and despite a dip into gospel music (which won him a number of GMA Awards as well as more Grammys), he's still as country as ever. Of course, once upon a time there were a lot of gospel songs on the country charts.
Anyway, there's not a lot more I can say about Randy Travis that hasn't been said, and when it comes to a hits collection, this is one of the great ones. Remind yourself of Randy Travis and pick this one up.
Release Date: March 17, 2009 - Warner Brothers
I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis Track List
- "Diggin' Up Bones"
- "Forever And Ever, Amen"
- "I Told You So"
- "He Walked On Water"
- "Three Wooden Crosses"
- "Deeper Than The Holler"
- "On The Other Hand"
- "Too Gone, Too Long"
- "We're Strangers Again" (with Tammy Wynette)
- "Look Heart, No Hands"
- "Better Class Of Losers"
- "I Won't Need You Anymore" (Remastered)
- "Faith In You"
- "Love's Alive And Well"
- "Honky Tonk Moon"
- "Would I"
- "It's Just A Matter Of Time"
- "Forever Together"
- "No Place Like Home"
- "A Few Ole Country Boys" (with George Jones)
- "Is It Still Over?"
- "Whisper My Name" (Remastered)
- "Before You Kill Us All" (Remastered)
- "Heroes And Friends" [Remix]
- "This Is Me" (Remastered)
- "King Of The Road"
- "The Box" (Remastered)
- "Are We In Trouble Now"
- "Turn It Around"
- "You Ain't Right"