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Trucker's Jukebox, Vol. 1 [Universal]

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MCA Special Products' Truckers Jukebox #1 picks up where the Columbia series left off, offering a different spin on hardcore honky tonk favorites of truckers -- namely, one where the MCA vaults are the focus, not the Columbia vaults. Truth be told, in terms of overall effect the differences are minute, since the collection -- like its Columbia cousins -- is brief and a little uneven, yet still enjoyable. After all, a collection that boasts Conway Twitty's "Tight Fittin' Jeans," Merle Haggard's "Red Bandana," Waylon Jennings' "Rose in Paradise," Brenda Lee's "All Alone Am I," Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams," John Anderson's "If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It," Marty Stuart's "Hillbilly Rock" and Tanya Tucker's "San Antonio Stroll" isn't all bad, and will certainly excuse the presence of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." No matter what you may think of the song, it's hard to argue that it's a "trucker" song, at least under the commonly held definition of trucker-country, and it interrupts the flow of an otherwise enjoyable disc.

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