Unlike some volumes in the MCA Special Products series, Country Classics, Vol. 3 (1984-1985) covers a short, specific span of time, which it means it's a lot more consistent than some of its cousins. That doesn't mean it's a perfect album, since there are a couple of weak cuts here. Nevertheless, that sort of weakness should be expected from any budget-line collection, and there are more than enough strong songs -- George Strait's "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind," Reba McEntire's "Somebody Should Leave," Lee Greenwood's "Dixie Road," John Schneider's "I've Been Around Enough to Know," Nicolette Larson's "Only Love Will Make It Right," Steve Wariner's "Heart Trouble," the Oak Ridge Boys' "Little Things" and Barbara Mandrell's "There's No Love in Tennessee" -- to make it worth its budget price. And they're almost enough to forgive the inclusion of Ray Stevens' "It's Me Again, Margaret."
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine