“I’d Like to Have That One Back”
Written by Aaron Barker, Bill Shore and Rick West
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
February 11, 1994
George Strait’s interpretive skills are put to the test.
The Road to No. 1
Easy Come Easy Go kicked off with the No. 1 title track, and the second single repeated its chart success on the Radio & Records survey.
The No. 1
If you need a refresher course on why George Strait is one of the all-time greats, check out this largely forgotten No. 1 single.
It doesn’t have much of a melody and the lyrics are a bit clunky. But with George Strait at the mic, it becomes something more. His ability to give a nuanced performance, knowing down to the syllable where emotional emphasis is needed, turns a song that isn’t anything special into a record that is.
Thing is, there is so much George Strait to choose from that there really isn’t a need to revisit this particular record. It’s B-level Strait. But none of his peers could’ve gotten it to that level.
The Road From No. 1
Two more top ten singles from Easy Come Easy Go followed: “Love Bug” and “The Man in Love With You.” The latter record is a ballad more worthy of rediscovery than the chart-topper discussed here. We’ll see him again with the first two singles of his next studio album.
“I’d Like to Have That One Back” gets a B.
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