What Collin Raye does on eir â€œSelected Hitsâ€ is essentially make a Greatest Hits EP. Like many greatest hits albums, there are a few new tracks to whet the appetites of completists (this time, â€œA Soldierâ€™s Prayerâ€ and â€œQuittersâ€ make their appearance). Also like many greatest hits albums, there are tracks that everyone that is a fan of Rayeâ€™s would know, a listing which includes â€œThatâ€™s My Story (And Iâ€™m Sticking To It)â€, â€œLittle Rockâ€, â€œI Think About Youâ€, and â€œLove Meâ€. There is a minor twist on the greatest hits idea with â€œSelected Hitsâ€; the songs here are not what individuals know as being the â€œstudioâ€ version, but rather mark a live recording that Raye did with the Salt Lake Symphony. The production of these tracks are all excellent, and allow listeners to hear exactly what type of variations Raye added to these already classic tracks.
The lower cost of this CD means that more individuals will have the opportunity to pick it up, and the fact is that these tracks do represent six new cuts of music, even if individuals are already familiar with four of them, albeit in another form. â€œSelected Hitsâ€ works well as a stopgap until that time where ey is able to release eir next full length recording, as well as allowing Raye to chart a few more times for good measure. Definitely not resting on eir laurels, Collin Raye comes through strong on â€œSelected Hitsâ€. StarPointe Records would do well to continue releasing these type of â€œSelected Hitsâ€ albums, as it really combats the tendency for individuals to forget about a star in the interim after the touring is done for the last album and that time when the new album comes out. Give the disc a go if you are a fan of any intensity of Raye.
Top Track: A Soldierâ€™s Prayer