Sony Special Products' Pure Country is an effective sampler of T.G. Sheppard's country-pop work for Columbia Records in the '80s. In fact, in many ways it works as a hits compilation of his Columbia years, since six of the featured songs -- "One for the Money," "In Over My Heart," "You're My First Lady," "Strong Heart," "Doncha?," "Half Past Forever (Till I'm Blue in the Heart)" -- were Top Ten country hits, while a few of the remaining cuts ("Fooled Around and Fell in Love," "Don't Say It With Diamonds (Say It With Love)," "You Still Do") were lesser hits. Because of that, Pure Country is more than just a good bargain for a budget-line collection -- it's a good bargain in general.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine