CD Review:
Travis Tritt Greatest Hits- From the Beginning

by Sandra L. Toney

What can a person say about Travis Tritt? He's got the good looks of a rebellious cowboy turned rocker, he's a talented songwriter, and he can belt out a ballad or bring down the house with one of those reckless tunes he's known for. Let's face it, Travis Tritt is a legend in his own time.

It's no surprise, then, that Travis Tritt Greatest Hits -- From the Beginning is a jam-packed collection of Tritt classics. From the best "attitude" song in history, "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)," to the second best "attitude" song in history, "Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof" (both penned by Tritt, of course), this isn't just another "Greatest Hits" album. It's history in the making . . .

With a collection of fifteen of Tritt's favorites, the reckless rocker included quite a few ballads as well as his trademark rebel songs. "Foolish Pride," "Can I Trust You With My Heart," "Anymore," and "Help Me Hold On" (again, all written or co-written by Tritt), are just a few of the tearjerkers contained within this release.

Besides the classic, "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)," a few other Tritt "classics" are present on this album as well. Who can forget the popular duet with fellow country rocker, Marty Stuart, "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" or the hit with an album titled the same, "T-R-O-U-B-L-E."

From Tritt's first album, the title song, "Country Club," is a welcomed addition because it gives us the "original" Tritt who, by the way, hasn't really changed. He's remained true to his style of music, which is defiant yet gentle, opinionated yet open-minded.

The only evident omission on this greatest hits release is one of my all-time Tritt favorites, "Bible Belt," from his It's All About to Change (Warner Brothers, 1991) album. That was such a powerful song with a significant story to tell. Perhaps Tritt is saving it for a follow-up greatest hits. It gives us something to look forward to!

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