Strait from the Heart is the second studio album by American country music artist George Strait, released on June 3, 1982 by MCA Records. The album includes Strait’s first No. 1 single, “Fool Hearted Memory”, as well as follow-up singles “Marina del Rey”, “Amarillo by Morning” and “A Fire I Can’t Put Out”, reaching No. 6, No. 4, and No. 1 respectively on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The album peaked at No. 18 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Strait from the Heart is certified platinum by the RIAA. There were three cover songs on the album: “Honky Tonk Crazy”, which had been released a couple months earlier in 1982 by the duo of Gary Stewart and Dean Dillon on their Brotherly Love album; 2) the Guy Clark song, “Heartbroke”, which was first recorded by Rodney Crowell on his 1980 album, But What Will the Neighbors Think; and 3) “Amarillo by Morning” which was first recorded by Terry Stafford in 1973. “The Only Thing I Have Left” was later recorded by Tim McGraw for his 1993 debut album Tim McGraw. Here are all of Strait From The Heart songs ranked.
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10. A Fire I Can’t Put Out
“I just love it. There’s not too much else to say. I’ve a George Strait fan for as long as I can remember and I love all his music. Great CD (as usual)!!”
9. I Can’t See Texas From Here
“Clear and great sounding tape. I even heard a song that I don’t ever remember hearing before. There is nothing that George can’t do. He is as great now as he was when he was young. Congrats George!”
8. Amarillo by Morning
“Amarillo by Morning” had already been around for many years after co-writer Terry Stafford’s recording hit in 1973, and in the intervening years had been covered successfully by Chris LeDoux. It was Strait’s take on the song that quickly became definitive.
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7. The Steal of the Night
“Other than legends such as Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, most country artists have always been more about putting out hit singles rather than cohesive albums that are consistently good from beginning to end. George Strait is no exception to the rule.”
“George Strait was the first of the new wave of country artists presenting an updated version of country to a younger generation. He also had a large crossover appeal which also made him popular among traditionalists”
5. The Only Thing I Have Left
“I liked this album, but then I like all his albums. He is one of my favorite country music star. as a matter of fact he is my favorite and has been for years.”
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4. Lover in Disguise
“Strait From the Heart is a classic – almost every track is catchy and infectious. From the opening track, Fool Hearted Memory, to the very end it is difficult to find a low point – every track is timeless.”
3. Honky Tonk Crazy
“Honky Tonk Crazy” is a great song about a guy who just needs a night out. It’s been a rough day, and he’s letting the honky-tonk carry it away. I’ve been there”
2. Fool Hearted Memory
“So similar in style to the debut it could have been made at the same sessions. Strait does the same thing nearly every time, but my God he does it well.”
1. Marina del Rey
“Marina Del Rey” is a fabulous song about a summer love. I think it deserves a lot more attention than it gets. It’s not George’s most country song…it actually has a little pop feel. I love it, though.”