Unlike some volumes in the MCA Special Products series, Country Classics, Vol. 6 (1985-1986) 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 "Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her," Reba McEntire's "Little Rock," Lee Greenwood's "I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)," the Oak Ridge Boys' "Juliet," John Conlee's "Old School," Waylon Jennings' "Will the Wolf Survive?," John Schneider's "I'm Gonna Leave You Tomorrow," Barbara Mandrell's "Fast Lanes and Country Roads" and Steve Wariner's "You Can Dream of Me" -- to make it worth its budget price.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine