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Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift - Deluxe Limited Edition

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Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift (Deluxe Limited Edition)

Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift (Deluxe Limited Edition)

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This is the deluxe limited edition of Taylor Swift's self-titled debut album. Added to the original version are three additional songs, plus listen to Taylor's first phone call with Tim McGraw. This collection also adds a DVD with each of Taylor's videos, plus special performances, like her first Opry performance, and specials from both GAC and CMT. Lastly, you can view Taylor's home movie, which she edited herself. Even if you have the original version, the additional goodies are well worth buying this version of the album as well.

A Little Background on Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has had one spectacular year since her self-titled album first came out. Her album has gone platinum, she's gone out on tour with George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, and Brad Paisley, won the CMT Breakthrough Video Award for her video for "Tim McGraw," and more recently the CMA Horizon award. What a year she has had. Now, her debut album has been re-released with new material.

They say to write about what you know, and that is exactly why Taylor's songs work. She writes about her personal experiences in a way that so many people can relate. Whether they are living through their teenage years, or looking back on what it was like when they were that age, it's relatable.

At the writing of this review, Taylor has released three singles, "Tim McGraw," (No. 6) "Teardrops on My Guitar," (No. 2) and "Our Song" (Currently No. 9).

The New Music

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Big Machine Records
I really like "Only Me When I'm With You." This uptempo song talks about the way she feels when she's with that special guy. She sings, "Well, you drive me crazy half the time, the other half I'm only trying to let you know that what I feel is true. And I'm only me when I'm with you."

The next new song is "Invisible." This song is about a girl that likes a guy who is dreaming about someone else, even though the other girl doesn't know he exist. Taylor sings, "But if you only knew me, we could be a beautiful miracle, unbelievable, instead of just invisible."

The final song is "A Perfectly Good Heart." This is probably something everyone can relate to that has been dumped. She asks him "Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart? Why would you wanna make the very first scar?"

The final track is her first phone call with Tim McGraw. This starts with Lon Helton of CMT Country Countdown USA talking about the first time he heard Taylor's song, "Tim McGraw," and then they get Taylor on the phone and it's just really cute. This is also where she asks him about adding opening acts to his tour, and suggests herself as an opening act.

The DVD

I really enjoyed watching the DVD. I had seen the videos before, so I skipped them to watch the newer content. I had never seen Taylor's first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, and that was precious. We also get to watch her Yahoo! performance and interview feature of "Tim McGraw."

Besides the videos for "Tim McGraw" "Teardrops on My Guitar," and "Our Song," there is also Behind the Scenes at the "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Our Song" video shoots.

For fans that may not have access to GAC, you can watch the special they aired on Taylor, called A Place in This World. Then, watch Taylor's performance of "Picture to Burn" from her CMT 330 Sessions show.

The last track is a lot of fun. It's Taylor's Home Movie, and she edited it herself. It features her family and band members as they traveled on vacation. Fans will love the personal looks of Taylor snacking on whipped cream from the can, and visiting the beach, riding a jet ski, and much more. Really cute stuff here.

Even though much of the music is the same as on the original release, I think this version is worth the money just for the extra tracks, and the phone call with Tim McGraw, and of course, all the video footage in one place. Not everyone has access to both CMT and GAC. Some fans don't have access to either one, and I think they'd really enjoy watching these two features, as well as Taylor's videos for her singles. Two thumbs up from me.

Track List:

  1. Tim McGraw
  2. Picture To Burn
  3. Teardrops On My Guitar (radio single version)
  4. A Place In This World
  5. Cold As You
  6. The Outside
  7. Tied Together With A Smile
  8. Stay Beautiful
  9. Should've Said No
  10. Mary's Song (Oh My My My)
  11. Our Song (radio single version)
  12. I'm Only Me When I'm With You *
  13. Invisible *
  14. A Perfectly Good Heart *
  15. Taylor's 1st Phone Call w/Tim McGraw *

* New tracks.

DVD Track List:

  1. "Tim McGraw" video
  2. First Grand Ole Opry Performance of Tim McGraw
  3. Yahoo! Music Performance & Interview feature of "Tim McGraw"
  4. "Teardrops On My Guitar" video
  5. "Teardrops" Behind The Scenes
  6. "Our Song" video
  7. "Our Song" Behind the Scenes
  8. GAC Short Cuts Series "A Place In This World"
  9. CMT's Unplugged video Performance of "Picture To Burn"
  10. Taylor's Home Movie Clip
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