Cristy Lane

Christy Lane's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

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Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is a brief, 12-song collection of some (but not all) of Christy Lane's early hits for her husband's LS Records label. Significantly, her cheating and divorce songs are omitted, which is almost certainly in deference to her later reputation as a Contemporary Christian artist. These recordings feature slick, sterile production without regard for country tradition, and Lane's voice is sounds professional without any rural -- or particularly individual -- character. Bypassing the question as to whether this consitutes country music in any sense, there are some pleasant, light pop offerings here, particularly the Top Ten country hit "Penny Arcade." Other hits include the Top Ten songs "Let Me Down Easy," "Simple Little Words," and "One Day at a Time," and the one Top 20 tune "Shake Me I Rattle." The remaining songs consist of a few sacred offerings and a version of "Danny Boy" with a long spoken introduction.