Recording information: 16th Avenue Sound, Nashville, TN; Blackbird Studio; Sony/Tree Studios, Nashville, TN.
In what is essentially an inventory-clearing exercise, Sony packages Gretchen Wilson's first two albums in a slipcase box and offers them up for a budget price (it's a couple of dollars less than if you'd bought them individually). If you already own these bona fide contemporary country classic records, don't bother with this; there isn't anything new for you here. If you don't, both of these discs are gems. Hits like "Redneck Woman," "All Jacked Up," "Homewrecker," "Here for the Party," "Homewrecker," "Politically Uncorrect," and "California Girls" are all here, but the music goes deeper. Tracks including "The Bed," "When It Rains,""Rebel Child," and "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today" reveal Ms. Wilson's diversity as a singer and as a writer. ~ Thom Jurek