The Essential Earl Thomas Conley
Released: Apr 1996
Label: Rca Records Label Nashville
With nearly every song in this collection hitting No.1 at some point between 1981 and 1988, The Essential Earl Thomas Conley speaks to the dominance the Ohio-bred singer enjoyed over country music for nearly a decade. Conley won a Grammy for "Holding Her and Loving You," but fans of sad, sad songs with acoustic guitars, the occasional fiddle and no pedal steel will find plenty to grab onto here, presumably when they are either holding their baby or grasping a bottle of Wild Turkey because he or she left. "Your Love's on the Line" bumps and rocks like a new country version of the Band.