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ⓘ The Best of Collin Raye: Direct Hits is the title of country singer Collin Rayes first greatest hits album. Released by Epic Records, the album contains the gre ..



The Best of Collin Raye: Direct Hits
                                     

ⓘ The Best of Collin Raye: Direct Hits

The Best of Collin Raye: Direct Hits is the title of country singer Collin Rayes first greatest hits album. Released by Epic Records, the album contains the greatest hits from his first studio albums plus several new tracks.

Among the new recordings were three singles. "What the Heart Wants" and "Little Red Rodeo" were both Top 5 hits on the country charts. "The Gift", a collaboration with Jim Brickman and Susan Ashton, was released only to the adult contemporary format. Also included on the album is a cover of Journeys "Open Arms".

In October 1998 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

                                     

1. Track listing

  • "Little Rock" Tom Douglas – 3:58
  • "Thats My Story" Lee Roy Parnell, Tony Haselden – 3:03
  • "Not That Different" Karen Taylor-Good, Joie Scott – 3:56
  • feat. Jim Brickman and Susan Ashton
  • "I Think About You" Don Schlitz, Steve Seskin – 3:27
  • "In This Life" Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin – 3:12
  • "What the Heart Wants" Michael Dulaney – 3:46 1
  • "One Boy, One Girl" Mark Alan Springer, Shaye Smith – 4:05
  • "That Was a River" Susan Longacre, Rick Giles – 3:12
  • "My Kind of Girl" – 2:55
  • "If I Were You" John Hobbs, Chris Farren – 4:06
  • "The Gift" Douglas, Jim Brickman – 3:44 1
  • "Love, Me" Skip Ewing, Max T. Barnes – 3:54
  • "Little Red Rodeo" – 3:23 1
  • "Open Arms" Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry – 3:22 1
  • 1 Previously unreleased track.
                                     

2. Production

  • All other tracks produced by Paul Worley, John Hobbs and Ed Seay
  • "The Gift," "Open Arms," "Little Red Rodeo" produced by Billy Joe Walker, Jr., Paul Worley and Collin Raye
  • "In This Life" and "That Was a River" produced by Garth Fundis and John Hobbs
  • "Love, Me" produced by Jerry Fuller and John Hobbs
                                     

3. Personnel

The following musicians perform on tracks 10 through 13:

  • Joe Chemay – bass guitar on all tracks, background vocals on "What the Heart Wants," "Open Arms" and "Little Red Rodeo"
  • Jim Brickman – piano on "The Gift"
  • Steve Nathan – piano on "Open Arms" and "Little Red Rodeo"
  • Steve Gibson – mandolin on "What the Heart Wants"
  • Biff Watson – acoustic guitar on "What the Heart Wants," "Open Arms" and "Little Red Rodeo"
  • Dennis Wilson – background vocals on "What the Heart Wants," "Open Arms" and "Little Red Rodeo"
  • John Wesley Ryles – background vocals on "What the Heart Wants"
  • Collin Raye – lead vocals on all tracks
  • Will Smith – autoharp on "What the Heart Wants"
  • Anthony Martin – background vocals on "What the Heart Wants"
  • Paul Franklin – steel guitar and Dobro on "What the Heart Wants"
  • Billy Joe Walker, Jr. – acoustic guitar on all tracks, electric guitar on "Open Arms" and "Little Red Rodeo"
  • Paul Worley – acoustic guitar on "What the Heart Wants"
  • Larry Byrom – electric guitar on "The Gift," "Open Arms" and "Little Red Rodeo"
  • Susan Ashton – background vocals on "The Gift"
  • Sonny Garrish – steel guitar on "The Gift," "Open Arms" and "Little Red Rodeo"
  • Paul Leim – drums on all tracks
  • Larry Franklin – fiddle on "Open Arms" and "Little Red Rodeo"
  • Dann Huff – electric guitar on "What the Heart Wants" and "The Gift"
  • Gene Miller – background vocals on "What the Heart Wants," "Open Arms" and "Little Red Rodeo"
  • John Hobbs – keyboards on "What the Heart Wants" and "The Gift"
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