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Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology

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Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Trail of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology is a welcome, needed addition to his catalog. Although he's had hits collections before, nothing has come close to offering as much music as this two-disc, 44-track collection, nor has anything else made as strong a case for his musical accomplishments -- in this light, he truly sounds like the heir to such classic country singles as Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, and George Jones. Part of the reason that might not have been apparent to some listeners during the '80s is that even a new traditionalist like Travis was recorded according to the state-of-the-art standards of the time. So, even his grittiest material has a clean, sparkling surface, big drums, and a lot of instrument separation, all the hallmarks of mainstream production in the '80s. Years later, it's easier to listen past the production and hear the songs and Travis' singing, which, as this collection proves, is remarkably sturdy and consistent throughout his career. And Trail of Memories touches on each aspect of his career, from his early hits like "Diggin' Up Bones" to his late-'90s recordings for DreamWorks. Throughout it all, what's surprising is how little Travis has changed -- the best of his songs are always strong, simple, memorable, sung in a similar fashion, while dressed in pretty, clean production that disguises how close to classic late-'50s/'60s hardcore country this really is. He was heralded as a keeper of the flame in the '80s, and in 2002, when this collection was released, his music sounds purer than ever. Needless to say, this is an essential cornerstone in any contemporary country collection.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Randy Travis 03:01 Amazon
2 Randy Travis 03:07 Amazon
3 Randy Travis 04:23 Amazon
4 Randy Travis 03:00 Amazon
5 Randy Travis 03:01 Amazon
6 Randy Travis 04:08 Amazon
7 Randy Travis 02:43 Amazon
8 Randy Travis 03:33 Amazon
9 Randy Travis 03:10 Amazon
10 Randy Travis 02:26 Amazon
11 Randy Travis 03:40 Amazon
12 Randy Travis 02:40 Amazon
13 Randy Travis 02:49 Amazon
14 Randy Travis 03:38 Amazon
15 Randy Travis 03:11 Amazon
16 Randy Travis 03:56 Amazon
17 Randy Travis 03:56 Amazon
18 Randy Travis 03:25 Amazon
19 Randy Travis 02:24 Amazon
20 Randy Travis feat: George Jones 03:38 Amazon
21 Randy Travis feat: B.B. King 02:45 Amazon
22 Randy Travis feat: Tammy Wynette 02:47 Amazon
23 Randy Travis 03:06 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Randy Travis 03:15 Amazon
2 Randy Travis 02:26 Amazon
3 Randy Travis 03:34 Amazon
4 Randy Travis 03:06 Amazon
5 Randy Travis 02:41 Amazon
6 Randy Travis 02:40 Amazon
7 Randy Travis 03:11 Amazon
8 Randy Travis 03:06 Amazon
9 Randy Travis 03:19 Amazon
10 Randy Travis 02:48 Amazon
11 Randy Travis 03:20 Amazon
12 Randy Travis 03:07 Amazon
13 Randy Travis 03:17 Amazon
14 Randy Travis 03:25 Amazon
15 Randy Travis 03:06 Amazon
16 Randy Travis 03:22 Amazon
17 Randy Travis 02:24 Amazon
18 Randy Travis 03:58 Amazon
19 Randy Travis 03:17 Amazon
20 Randy Travis 03:08 Amazon
21 Randy Travis 03:11 Amazon
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