Sunday, June 5, 2011

The #66 Album of All-Time in the Rock Era: "Come On Over" by Shania Twain

In 1997, Shania Twain hooked up with producer Robert "Mutt" Lange in more ways than one--the two eventually were married!  Come On Over is the highest-selling country album by RIAA  (20 times Platinum), which mistakenly counts a double album as two albums sold.  When you realize that 10 million people actually bought the album, it in fact ranks third among country albums for the number of people that have purchased the album.  Wikipedia makes the same mistake, saying that it is the top-selling album from a female artist, when in fact more copies were sold by another album in the Top 100 Albums of All-Time in the Rock Era*.

Nevertheless, Come On Over was a monster album.  It reached #2 for two weeks, spent 26 weeks in the Top 10 and 151 on the album chart.  It has a good but not excellent Track Rating* of 8.44.  The album did not reach #1 in the United States (from which this list if built on) but it did reach #1 in Argentina, Belgium Canada, Denmark, Holland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and the U.K.  The album did, however, set a record for the most weeks inside the Top 20 in the United States with 112.

The album was released in three different versions and if you are considering it, you need to be aware of the differences.  The original country version was released in 1997, a "pop" version was released in 1998 and an international version was released in 1999.  The biggest difference that fans will notice is that the version of "From This Moment On" that they are familiar with is on the Popular release of Come On Over.  Two of the Top Songs of the Rock Era* are featured on the album--"You're Still the One" and "From This Moment On"; again, the version without Bryan White is the popular version.  "Man!  I Feel Like a Woman" and "That Don't Impress Me Much" were other hits from the album while "You've Got a Way", "Whatever You Do!  Don't!" , "Love Gets Me Every Time", "When" and "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" are tracks that also rate high.

Come On Over:
(All songs written by Shania Twain and Robert Lange)

1.    "Man!  I Feel Like a Woman" --3:53
2.    "I'm Holdin' On to Love (To Save My Life)" --3:30
3.    "Love Gets Me Every Time" --3:33
4.    "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" --3:35
5.    "From This Moment On" (with Bryan White) --4:43
6.    "Come On Over" --2:55
7.    "When" --3:39
8.    "Whatever You Do!  Don't!" --3:47
9.    "If You Wanna' Touch Her, Ask!"  --4:04
10.  "You're Still the One"  --3:34
11.  "Honey, I'm Home" --3:39
12.  "That Don't Impress Me Much" --3:38
13.  "Black Eyes, Blue Tears" --3:39
14.  "I Won't Leave You Lonely" --4:13
15.  "Rock This Country!" --4:23
16.  "You've Got a Way" --3:24

Popular Version:
(All songs remixed except "Rock This Country!"
1.  "You're Still the One"  --3:32
2.    "When" --3:37
3.    "From This Moment On" (with Bryan White) --4:51
4.    "Black Eyes, Blue Tears" --3:36
5.    "I Won't Leave You Lonely" --4:06
6.    "I'm Holdin' On to Love (To Save My Life)" --3:26
7.    "Come On Over" --2:53
8.    "You've Got a Way" --3:15
9.    "Whatever You Do!  Don't!" --3:48
10.  "Man!  I Feel Like a Woman" --3:53
11.  "Love Gets Me Every Time" --3:32
12.  "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" --3:33
13.  "That Don't Impress Me Much" --3:59
14.  "Honey, I'm Home" --3:33
15.  "If You Wanna' Touch Her, Ask!" --4:13
16.  "Rock This Country!" --4:26

Musicians on the album were:  Bruce Bouton, John Hughey and Paul Franklin on steel guitar, Larry Byrom on slide, Joe Chemay played bass and fretless bass, Larry Franklin, Rob Hajacos and Stuart Duncan played fiddle, John Hobbs, Michael Omartian and John Barlow Jarvis were on piano, Dann Huff played electric guitar, rhythm guitar, talk box guitar, electric 12-string, Wa-Wa, six-string bass guitar and electric sitar, Brent Mason played electric guitar, Eric Silver played mandolin, Arthur Stead played piano, organ and synthesizer, Biff Watson played acoustic, electric, rhythm and nylon string guitar, Joey Miskulin played accordion and Paul Leim was on drums.  Robert "Mutt Lange" provided background vocals.  Carl March played strings on "From This Moment On" and the "Bow Brothers" (Rob Hajacos, Joe Spivey, Glen Duncan and Aubrey Haynie) played fiddle on several of the tracks.

Come On Over was recorded in 1996 and 1997 and was first released on November 4, 1997 on Mercury Nashville Records.

Here at #66 for All-Time--Come On Over by Shania Twain.

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