Conway Twitty

Conway Twitty's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

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This artist has as many greatest-hits packages as some artists have hits. This particular set actually does have his greatest hit and greatest song ever, the fantastic "Hello Darlin'," which he can certainly take pride in having written himself. Twitty has been responsible for his own material off and on through his career, but the amount of interest he has shown in his various recording projects wavers greatly. The image he projects in the photos that accompany this set is that of the serious, studio artist, composing a new song whenever a pad and paper is handy. He actually only wrote two of the songs on is set. Still, most songwriters would like to be Twitty on the front cover, an eye cocked in concentration while seated on the black leather couch in his own studio, album covers mounted all around him. Okay, the red jumpsuit he is wearing is horrifying, and the little girl whose face is lodged in between "Twitty's" and "Greatest" in the title even more so. Some of these songs are taken from less-than-inspired recording sessions, even though for awhile just about anything with the Twitty name would get ample airplay. That is perhaps one of the reasons that all of these songs were number one hits, when some of them don't sound like they really should be. There is also a similarity in the romantic theme to the tracks that can be wearing on the listener. In this case it could be better hearing these tracks in the context of their original album releases, where they were no doubt surrounded by more complimentary material. This is the drawback of a greatest-hits set for an artist like this, whose public seemed to only expect one sort of record out of him. It is true that between the opening song and the Merle Haggard number that follows, Twitty definitely puts his best foot forward. Other highlights include "I Can't See Me Without You" and "The Image of Me."

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