Alabama

For the Record

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Even though the title should be taken with a grain of salt -- an enormous number of these 44 songs did reach number one, but a handful only peaked at two or three -- there's no denying that For the Record is an impressive achievement. Spanning two discs and two decades, For the Record contains nearly every great song Alabama recorded, plus three new tunes. If any single album provides definitive proof as to why Alabama is the most popular country band of all time, this is it -- they make this appealingly polished, hook-heavy, radio-ready mainstream pop sound easy as pie. Alabama may have had a couple of album cuts every now and then that were quite good, but they were at their best turning out hits as a singles band, as such contemporary classics as "Tennessee River," "Mountain Music," "The Closer You Get," "Forty Hour Week (For a Livin')," "Jukebox on My Mind," and "Down Home" illustrate. Consequently, it's hard not to view For the Record, with its virtual cornucopia of hits, as the definitive Alabama collection, maybe even the definitive Alabama album.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:36 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:05 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:09 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:35 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:38 Spotify
10 3:43 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:33 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:56 Amazon
13 3:37 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:57 SpotifyAmazon
15 3:43 Amazon
16 3:36 SpotifyAmazon
17 3:22 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:57 SpotifyAmazon
19 4:11 Spotify
20 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
21 3:39 SpotifyAmazon
22 3:34 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:41 SpotifyAmazon
2 4:15 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:59 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:11 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:33 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:39 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:33 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:27 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:43 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:19 Spotify
15 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
16 4:13 SpotifyAmazon
17 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:19 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:29 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:53 Spotify
21 3:33 SpotifyAmazon
22 3:33 SpotifyAmazon
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