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GREAT­EST HITS Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley

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Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley re­leased a “best of” al­bum back in 2007. He’s had a lot more hits since then, hence the re­lease of Great­est Hits, a 42-track dou­ble-CD set. This col­lec­tion goes back to his first hit ‘Dream Out Loud’ in 1994, and even be­fore that with the in­de­pen­dently-re­leased ‘Proud Young Man’. Cas­sarDa­ley’s vo­cals have ma­tured no­tice­ably over the years, the ex­cel­lent ‘Things I Carry Around’ from his 2016 al­bum of the same name a prime ex­am­ple. A num­ber of col­lab­o­ra­tions are dot­ted through­out this col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing ‘Ram­blin Man’ with Tommy Em­manuel, ‘Wish I Was A Train’ with Paul Kelly, ‘Get Away Car’ with Kasey Cham­bers, and ‘Bird On A Wire’ with Jimmy Barnes. Great­est Hits is re­leased on Oc­to­ber 19.

SO COUN­TRY 2018 Var­i­ous artists

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The 46 tracks on So Coun­try 2018 show­cases the top con­tem­po­rary coun­try tal­ent from Aus­tralia and North Amer­ica, with a few wild cards thrown in. Rel­a­tive US new­comer Sam Hunt per­forms the tongue-in-cheek ‘Body Like A Back Road’, and Brad Pais­ley teams with trou­bled pop star Demi Lo­vato for ‘With­out A Fight’. Not to be out­done, Kenny Ch­es­ney duets with P!Nk on ‘Set­ting The World On Fire’. Sha­nia Twain is at her pop-coun­try best on ‘Life’s About To Get Good’, and Aus­tralia’s Shane Ni­chol­son re­minds us of his tal­ents on ‘Safe’. In a sur­prise, Ju­dah Kelly, win­ner of Chan­nel Nine’s The Voice com­pe­ti­tion in 2017, per­forms ‘Count On Me’. This dou­ble CD col­lec­tion could make a handy Christ­mas stock­ing filler.

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