Reba McEntire Details How ‘Remixed’ Songs on New Triple Album Walk Line Between Contemporary and Dance Music

by Chris Haney
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While speaking in a recent interview, country music icon Reba McEntire shared details about her new triple album that revisits and remixes many of her older songs.

Over the weekend, McEntire announced a career-spanning box set that will feature remixed songs from her extensive catalog. The box set Revived Remixed Revisited will release on October 8. The three-disc set has three different themes for each portion of the box set.

The Revived portion of the box set has Reba McEntire recording some of her hits with a live band. Remixed is bringing in different producers to remix some of McEntire’s original tracks. Additionally, each producer will update the tracks and turn them into more contemporary songs. The country singer is also stripping down some of her classics to a bare-bones minimum for the Revisited portion of the album.

Reba McEntire is ‘Thrilled’ About the Collaborations on Her New Triple Album

While speaking with Variety recently, the interviewer asked Reba about the overall sound of the Remixed album. They wanted to know if the older songs would be “dance-oriented” or simply updated to a contemporary sound.

“I’d say both. Tracy Young did ‘Turn on the Radio’ [a No. 1 hit from 2010]. She’s done mixes for Madonna, and I think she’s the first female remixer to win a Grammy. So I was thrilled to get her on this album,” Reba McEntire explained to Variety. “Lafemmebear is a young Black female remixer and she did a great job on ‘I’m a Survivor.’ Dave Audé did ‘Fancy’ [a top 10 hit from 1991 that has remained one of her signature songs].”

She talked further about her legendary 1991 hit “Fancy” as well. McEntire shared an amusing anecdote about performing the single, which is by no means a dance song. When playing shows at clubs and honky-tonks back in the day, fans used to complain about it. They wanted to dance, and it wasn’t exactly the perfect song for that.

“‘Fancy’s’ not a dance song,” she added. “When I was doing ‘Fancy’ in the late ’60s, after I heard Bobbie Gentry when she released it, I fell in love with that song immediately. I would do it at clubs and honky-tonks, and they’d say ‘We can’t dance to that!’ And I said, ‘Well, sit down, shut up, let me sing it, ’cause I want to sing it.'”

Triple Album is the Brainchild of Her Record Label

Universal Music Group Nashville came up with the idea of her contemporary triple album project. The group’s subsidiary labels have worked with Reba McEntire for the majority of her career. She’s been with them since the late ’70s except for a decade she spent signed to Big Machine.

In 2020, the country superstar re-signed with MCA Nashville. Not long after, the record label’s president revealed the idea for the project. McEntire just wishes she would’ve thought of it sooner.

“I wish I had thought of it,” Reba McEntire admitted. “But Cindy Mabe (UMG Nashville’s president) came up with that idea along with the folks over there. I was thrilled that they wanted to spend that much time and attention on my catalog. Then when we got through with all the music that we did, with it turning out to be three different albums. We started talking about, what are we going to call this? Reba Does It Again, or Reba Sings ‘Em Again? And this title was very clever, I thought.”

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