Janie Fricke

Anthology

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The most generous single-disc collection of Janie Fricke's late-'70s and 1980s chart hits, Anthology offers eight number one country hits and 14 others. Fricke was a background vocalist on hundreds of sessions before becoming a solo artist, and her success as a background vocalist might explain her weakness as a lead singer: her voice is very professional, precise, and generic, lacking the character that makes so many great vocalists immediately identifiable, although she does have a slight Southern accent. Her music is slick and smooth pop-oriented country that recalls both Barbara Mandrell and Juice Newton. Certainly Fricke is a talented vocalist who has sold many records, but she has not forged a unique identity with her music, and consequently the real allure of these singles is in the songwriting rather than the uniqueness of the performances.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:31 Amazon
2 2:59 Amazon
3 4:05 Amazon
4 3:40 Amazon
5
3:43 Amazon
6 3:17 Amazon
7 3:24 Amazon
8 2:49 Amazon
9 2:52 Amazon
10 2:51 Amazon
11 2:53 Amazon
12 2:51 Amazon
13 2:21 Amazon
14 3:36 Amazon
15 2:25 Amazon
16 2:41 Amazon
17 2:45 Amazon
18 4:07 Amazon
19 3:09 Amazon
20 2:44 Amazon
21 3:18 Amazon
22 2:45 Amazon
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