Arthur Alexander

Greatest Hits

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While this is a fine collection of Arthur Alexander's Dot work and his early singles for Judd, the name Greatest Hits is a bit of a misnomer; Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros. Recordings is a more comprehensive look at Alexander's career as a whole. However, what Greatest Hits lacks in breadth it more than makes up for in depth, gathering classics like "Anna (Go to Him)," "Go Home Girl," "You Better Move On," and "Where Have You Been (All My Life)" -- all of which capture the bittersweet soulfulness of Alexander's best-known work -- as well as less well-known songs like 1962's "Dream Girl." Even the lesser-known songs on this collection reflect the wonderful warmth and bittersweetness that Alexander brought to his music. Atypically cheerful, upbeat singles like 1961's "A Shot of Rhythm & Blues" and the following year's "You're the Reason" don't detract from the flow of "Detroit City (I Wanna Go Home)," "Call Me Lonesome," "All I Need Is You," and the other ballads that dominate this collection. Even though this isn't the most complete Arthur Alexander collection available, it still features some of his best, most heartfelt music.

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