It's news worthy of an exclamation point or two(!): a new documentary about Shania Twain is on Netflix, and a new compilation is coming to accompany it!
Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl brings a top-down look at the Canadian hitmaker to Netflix. She started as a hard-luck singer who put her dreams on hold after losing her mother and stepfather in a car accident; her first efforts for Mercury Records didn't get much traction but got the attention of Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the super-producer looking to infuse something different into the arena rock and maxi-pop he'd perfected alongside the likes of Def Leppard and Bryan Adams.
Twain proved to be a game collaborator - fusing Lange's monster hooks to lyrics and melodies that evoked strong feminist ideals and heartfelt romance - and in the '90s and '00s, she seemed to have it all. Her albums The Woman in Me (1995), Come On Over (1997) and Up! (2002), fine-tuned to hit country and pop airwaves, spun off 15 Top 10 country singles and 10 U.S. Top 40 pop hits and sold a heart-stopping total of 43 million copies in America alone.
But all was not well behind the scenes: Twain was silent in the '00s thanks to a struggle with Lyme disease that weakened her voice and a painful divorce from Lange, with whom she had a son. (In one of the stranger romances in music history, he left her for one of her best friends, and Twain eventually found love with the man her friend left.) Undeterred, she returned to recording and performing in the 2010s, earning not only critical acclaim but a new generation of country and pop artists acknowledging her influence.
Not Just a Girl (The Highlights), a new companion album to the documentary available September 2, features 17 of her classic hits plus the new title track, Pre-order it below and get ready to relive your favorites from Twain's formidable catalogue.
Not Just a Girl (The Highlights) (Mercury Nashville/UMe B0036431-02, 2022) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Not Just a Girl
- You're Still the One
- Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
- What Made You Say That
- (If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!
- Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
- Any Man of Mine
- You Win My Love
- Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
- I'm Holdin' On to Love (to Save My Life)
- From This Moment On
- Love Gets Me Every Time
- That Don't Impress Me Much
- Forever and for Always (Red Version)
- Honey, I'm Home
- I'm Gonna Getcha Good! (Red Version)
- Up! (Green Version)
- Life's About to Get Good
Track 1 previously unreleased
Tracks 2-3, 9-13 and 15 from Come On Over (Mercury, 1997)
Track 4 from Shania Twain (Mercury, 1993)
Tracks 5-8 from The Woman in Me (Mercury, 1995)
Tracks 14 and 16-17 from Up! (Mercury, 2002)
Track 18 from Now (Mercury Nashville, 2017)
Curious to find out which version is which on this compilation.
We know that Shania Twain produced different versions for different territories, and remixed a few singles. What we already know:
- track 4 is the single version
- track 13 is the original US album version (not an edit)
- track 14 and 16 are indeed the Red album versions
- track 17 is indeed the Green album version
Haven't got the time yet to investigate the other tracks whether it's the US version, the international version or a remixed version.
I sure hope that we get a "Come On Over" 25th Anniversary edition this year as well! Have y'all heard anythign about that?
Larry Davis says
Well I went to compare tracklistings between this and the "Greatest Hits" to see if one can replace the other...nope...each have new & exclusive tracks so gotta keep both...as for "Come on Over 25", waiting for that too, with all versions & mixes, the 3CD "Woman In Me" bookbox was very well done...I never considered her to be country btw, her earliest work in the late 80s pre-Mercury was like 80s Heart or 80s Canadian pop...as for "UP!!", I hate the "Green" versions...the "Red" versions are the standard & the "Blue" remixes are interesting Indian/Bollywood mixes, actual remixes...the "Green" versions basically add unnecessary "country"/acoustic instrumentation on top of the already great & dense "Red" mixes, basically ruining them...the standard "Red" mix of the song "Up!!" is killer tight 2 1/2 minute catchy powerpop...adding country violin & acoustic guitar to it just ruins it...and I hate that the "Green" mix is the one always included on compilations...because it was despicably the hit single...the "Red" one is the only good one...with the "Up!!" album, I only have the international version with the Red & Blue versions, leaving the Green one in the dust...I do wonder that with an "Up!!" box, if all versions & even a 4th new mix will be included??