McGraw’s New Album: Greatest Hits 4

Tim McGraw is currently in the studio recording his next album, Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits 4. The fact that the 12-song collection, helmed by eight different producers, includes entirely new material except for one John Denver cover is not lost on Curb Records head honcho Mike Curb.

“We think this is an innovative new concept that will push sales and radio play for months to come and add value to Tim’s extraordinary catalog of American classics,” said Curb. “We completely abandoned the concept of a cohesive, artistic album in favor of a dozen singles, of which we plan to release at least ten.”

When asked if he thought the title of the album was misleading, Curb bristled. “How is it misleading? Every greatest hits package these days has a couple of new songs. We’re just taking that a step further… to all new tracks, which will all top the charts.”

For his part, McGraw finds himself in an awkward spot. Having previously criticized the label for releasing Greatest Hits 3 so shortly after the second volume, a fourth hits set two years later puts even more of a spotlight on his strained relationship with Curb.

“These people are *%$&ing nuts, man. I thought Shelton [Hank Williams III] just had a burr in his saddle with all his complaining, but naw… Curb’s bat sh*t,” McGraw grumbled. “I mean, Clay Walker’s not even happy here! Clay Freaking Walker, who wouldn’t curse you if you took a leak on his kid’s puppy!”

McGraw, still under contract for the remainder of his productive life, plans to gamely support the songs and tour despite his misgivings. The first single, “Keep Living Like You Were Dying,” goes to radio in October.

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  1. Church'sChicken says

    I know this is a fake article, but the idea of ditching the idea of a cohesive album and just making an album of all singles doesn’t seem that bad to me. Its better than most of the current albums which maybe have 4 potential singles and 6 mediocre cuts that don’t add up to cohesion anyway. And when im listening to my ipod I want the hits and not the filler!

  2. Paul W Dennis says

    Church’sChicken just gave the best possible reason for scrapping ipods. The artistic vision of the artist (if there was one, which is not always the case) is lost when albums are chopped up into singles

  3. Church'sChicken says

    But to Paul W Dennis and J.R. Journey — I disagree, at least with regard to country music.

    First off, an awful lot of pre-ipod mainstream country albums hardly seemed full of “artistic vision,” which Paul R Dennis seems to acknowledge. If many albums lack artistic vision, then at least in those cases, preserving artistic vision just isn’t a reason to scrap ipods.

    Second, I’m not sure lack of “artistic vision” is a bad thing. In fact, it may be a good thing in some cases. I listen to my ipod when exercising, when doing other things. I’m not looking for “artistic vision.” I’m looking for well sung, well played music with good hooks. I don’t want “art” from country musicians. I do appreciate art but I think there are far better sources of art than country musicians. I buy country music for mindless entertainment (that’s what it does best, and that’s not a knock — its a very valuable thing) and the single is the best format for that.

    Overall, the ability to pick and chose songs improves the quality of my music experience and encourages me to buy more music. At least in my case, I stopped buying albums in the early 2000s. In 2002 I bought Mark Chesnutt’s self titled album and 2004 I bought George Strait’s “Chill of An Early Fall.” That was it. I stopped because I was not enamored with paying 13-18 dollars for albums that had 3 good songs at best. But once I got an iPod in 2006, I’ve been downloading a single or so per week. The iPod made me a customer of country music once again precisely because I didn’t have to put up with the alleged “artistic visions” of artists. I can buy the catchy tunes and leave the “vision” to others.

    At least with the single, the artist has a chance of sharing some “artistic vision” to me; if I had to buy albums again I just wouldn’t be a music customer anymore. The artists would lose out (as would I).

    Some music probably is best heard in album form. The iPod doesn’t prevent customers from buying full albums on iTunes. If customers are picking and choosing singles, perhaps that is because few artists have convinced customers that their “albums” are in some way possessed of “artistic vision” or otherwise more than the sum of each individual tune. However, while some music might be best heard in album form, I think the advantages of singles far outweigh albums. Generally speaking I think 10 dollars is better spend on ten songs that I know I love than gambling on the very small chance of finding ‘artistic vision’ in a country (!) album.

    Perhaps before the iPod, albums did have an advantage — it was a royal pain in the butt to get up and change CDs in the CD changer or flip over tapes in the tape deck. Ten songs per CD sure offered some practicality, especially if listening to a tape when jogging. Storing music would have been a lot harder if each disk or tape had only one or two songs rather than ten. Such a situation would probably have drawbacks for retailers as well. But the iPod has eliminated these problems, and with the limitations of physical media out of the way, it seems to me that the “natural” unit of music is in most cases the single rather than the “artistic vision” filled album.

    I doubt that many albums have an “artistic vision” worth paying much heed. But even if some do, the iPod doesn’t force us to give that up. But even if the iPod did force us to give that up, I’d think the convience of the iPod more than makes up for the loss of even legit artistic vision in some albums.

    • says

      I can see where you’re going and it’s not a bad thing to not care about “aritistic vision”, but it’d be a scary world if “artistic vision” is ever lost completly….

      the thing about country music not being a good place for art scares me even more…

  4. Paul W Dennis says

    Most of the ipod-ers I know simply download their favorite hits from the radio and move on. There are some songs that required repeated listenings in order to be appreciated fully – these fly right by the ipod generation. Yes, I know there was filler on albums (any genre) but it is surprising how often one of the fillers became my favorite song from the album.

  5. Rick says

    I used to sit through entire albums to try to grasp the artistic vision which was facilitated by the fact moving a needle on a record (or flipping it over) or fast forwarding a cassette tape was a hassle. It was just easier to let it play through. Once CDs came along skipping songs I didn’t care for was as easy as pressing a button. Then I started making compilation CDs of my favorite songs off each album after one or two listen throughs to identify favorite songs, and that continues to this day since I don’t have an MP3 player.

    I have started buying favorite download MP3 single songs off Amazon but find the fidelity disappointing. If the MP3’s sounded as good as a CD I’d be inclined to purchase a whole lot more, but sadly they’re not.

    Now that I am mentally conditioned to listening to just one or two songs from an artist before switching to another, listening through an entire album by a single artist seems challenging and I get antsy. Now that my brain is used to the “jukebox approach” to music my attention span has dropped considerably as I want each song in succession to be something I like. Sitting through filler songs is just not something I care to do any longer as life is too short to waste on average (or worse) music!

  6. Steve Harvey says

    Guys, iPods don’t stop you listening to full albums any more than CDs do. You have ability to skip tracks, like CDs, or you can make your own playlists, like with CD-Rs. People who want to listen to full albums on their iPods do. I do.


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