Title - 'A Picture of Me - Greatest Hits & More'
Artist - Lorrie Morgan
For those not in the know, Lorrie Morgan has been one of the biggest country music stars of the past 20 years, selling more than 6 million albums and scoring more than 15 Top 10 country hits. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Lorrie is recognized as one of the greatest female singers of her generation.
Indeed, Morgan charted her first single in 1978, although she did not break into the top of the U.S. country charts until her 1989 single, 'Trainwreck of Emotion.' Since then, she has charted more than 25 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, with three number one hits: 'Five Minutes,' 'What Part of No' and 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength.'
As aforementioned, she has also recorded more than 15 studio albums and at various points in her life, Morgan has been married to three different country singers: Keith Whitley, Jon Randall, Sammy Kershaw, as well as her relationship with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman that made her a high profile media personality as well, of course.
Now releasing two new albums back-to-back, the first was entitled Letting Go ... Slow, and was Lorrie's first pure country album in six years. It also reunited her with producer Richard Landis who produced some of her biggest hits. The other album, this one to be reviewed here today, is A Picture of Me - Greatest Hits & More which highlights the extraordinary career of the superstar.
Morgan's crown as one of the biggest and best selling female artists in country music history, is celebrated on this very special anthology that finds her revisiting her greatest moments, as well as covering a handful of country classics and more.
1. 'Watch Me'
2. 'Something In Red'
3. 'Don't Worry Baby'
4. 'Good As I Was To You'
5. 'Till I Can Make It On My Own'
6. 'Five Minutes'
7. 'Except For Monday'
8. 'A Picture Of Me (Without You')
9. 'Loving You Could Never Be Better'
10. 'What Part Of No'
11. 'Here Comes My Baby'
12. 'Take Me To Your World'
13. 'Wherever You Are Tonight'
14. 'I Went Crazy For Awhile'
15. 'Mirror, Mirror'
16. 'Hopelessly Yours'
We begin this wonderful collection with the upbeat and fun 'Watch Me,' which is backed by the slower pacing storytelling of 'Something In Red' and then the soaring 'Don't Worry Baby.' Written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian, produced by Wilson and first recorded by The Beach Boys in 1964 as the B-side to one of their hit singles, Morgan hits her version right out of the park. Inclusive of more fresh new recordings of her blockbuster singles, we continue onward with both 'Good As I Was To You' and a beautiful rendition of Tammy Wynette's 'Till I Can Make It On My Own.'
The pressurized 'Five Minutes' is along for the musical ride next, and is followed by the throwback-style of both 'Except For Monday' and the ballad 'A Picture Of Me (Without You).' Morgan's vocal roots shine through beautifully on George Jones' 'Loving You Could Never Be Better,' which she follows up with the mid-tempo 'What Part Of No.' Both 'Here Comes My Baby' and 'Take Me To Your World' are up next, and kick off the latter half of the album that are now all brand new studio recordings.
Inclusive of some very special acoustic tracks, these all-new songs continue onward with the lullaby 'Wherever You Are Tonight,' the possibly prophetic 'I Went Crazy For Awhile,' the haunting ballad 'Mirror, Mirror,' and then the album closes beautifully with 'Hopelessly Yours.
In closing, this collection of new songs, old songs, deep covers and such is still just the most perfect example of why I fell in love with Lorrie Morgan's voice all those years ago. It still has the strength, vibrancy, and authenticity that is essential for country music today and this new album showcases that to perfection.