Anne Murray has rightfully earned herself a title as Canadian Music royalty. Murray has had an astonishing career spanning over 40 decades and has become one of the most celebrated Canadian musicians of all time. With over 30 studio albums, a record-setting amount of Juno awards, and four Grammys, that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all things Anne Murray.
After the extensive One Last Time Tour in 2008, Murray toured the country for the last time. Followed by a run of successful tour dates, Murray’s final public performance was held at the Sony Centre in Toronto on May 23, 2008. Murray announced that the One Last Time Tour would, in fact, be her last tour and that retirement was the next chapter of her career.
Fast forward almost ten years, Murray is still in retirement and mainly keeping up with her family and philanthropic duties. Despite retirement, Murray has now graced us with The Ultimate Collection. This is one of the most authoritative collections of Murray’s work as she cultivated 41 of her favourite tracks for her fans to enjoy in one collection.
The Ultimate Collection is more than a “Greatest Hits” package. The Ultimate Collection is The ULTIMATE collection of Murray’s musical work. From her first number one hit “Snowbird” to duets featuring Bryan Adams, Emmylou Harris, Michael Bublé, Dave Loggins, and Glen Campbell, Murray ensured that there was something for each one of her fans on this album.
The Ultimate Collection celebrates Murray’s 40-year career with not only mega-hits but also personal favourites. Now available digitally and as a 2-disc set, a double-vinyl set will be available on November 17, 2017, and is currently available for pre-order online through most major music retailers.
“The original idea was to come up with a greatest hits compilation along with several of the songs that many people wouldn’t have heard but were particular favourites of mine. The hits were easy but then to decide what should go on the second disc, I went over the songs that I used to do in sound check, things I used to do in the unplugged segment of the show, personal favourites of mine. Some of them are from early on in my career so they have kind of a special meaning for me too.” Murray shares about The Ultimate Collection.
The Ultimate Collection Track List:
He Thinks I Still Care
You Won’t See Me
A Love Song
You Needed Me
I Just Fall In Love Again
Shadows In The Moonlight
Broken Hearted Me
Could I Have This Dance (from the motion picture ‘Urban Cowboy’)
Blessed Are The Believers
Another Sleepless Night
Somebody’s Always Saying Goodbye
Song For The Mira
A Little Good News
Just Another Woman In Love
Nobody Loves Me Like You Do (with Dave Loggins)
Time Don’t Run Out On Me
Now And Forever (You And Me)
Sing High, Sing Low
Put Your Hand In The Hand (Live)
Talk It Over In The Morning
I Say A Little Prayer/By The Time I Get To Phoenix (with Glen Campbell)
A Stranger In My Place
Robbie’s Song For Jesus
A Million More
Walk Right Back
I Still Wish The Very Best For You
I Don’t Think I’m Ready For You (from the motion picture ‘Stick’)
You’ve Got What It Takes
Flying On Your Own
What Would It Take (with Bryan Adams) (Live)
Another Pot O’ Tea (with Emmylou Harris)
Baby It’s Cold Outside (with Michael Bublé)
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.