The Bottom Line
- "Forever And Ever, Amen"
- "He Walked On Water"
- "Three Wooden Crosses"
- Missing a few essential "best of" tracks.
- Twenty solid tracks, spanning Travis's career from 1986 to 2003.
- One of the first in Rhino's new "The Very Best Of" series.
- Contains many old standards and Travis's 2002 comeback to the mainstream.
Guide Review - Randy Travis - The Very Best of Randy Travis
Why is such a grand singer been shut out of the mainstream and the charts? My guess is that, well, Randy Travis is simply "too country." The spirit of real country music simply drips from Randy Travis, too homely and too square to make it to the oil-slick Americana charts; too country for country. That may be why he turned to gospel recordings, which have garnered him several Dove, Grammy, and Christian Country awards.
But this disc reminds us of Randy's pure country roots, those lovely, simple tunes he has always done so well. While I'm sorry that my personal favorite, "1982," was skipped, it's still a good comprehensive overview of Travis's best, and a solid listen. From his first "Song of the Year," "On the Other Hand," to his most recent, there's something here for Randy Travis fans; and for anyone who hasn't yet heard that beautiful voice, it's a real treat, and a must-have.