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The Essential Waylon Jennings Original recording remastered, Best of

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  • Audio CD (July 24 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA Nashville/Legacy
  • ASIN: B000RY01VC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Big Mamou
2. That's the Chance I'll Have To Take
3. Stop the World (And Let Me Off)
4. Anita, You're Dreaming
5. (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me
6. The Chokin' Kind
7. Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line
8. Just To Satisfy You
9. Cedartown, Georgia
10. The Talker
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. This Time
2. It's Not Supposed To Be That Way
3. I'm a Ramblin' Man
4. Rainy Day Woman
5. Amanda
6. Bob Wills Is Still the King
7. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
8. Waymore's Blues
9. Dreaming My Dreams With You
10. Good Hearted Woman
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Product Description

44 of Waylon's best! Tons of #1s: Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love); Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys; Good Hearted Woman (last two with Willie Nelson); Amanda; I've Always Been Crazy; This Time; I'm a Ramblin' Man; Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way , and more.

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By alain robert TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 2 2013
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As an overall collection,this is the best one you can buy.It features some songs before his breakthrough that are essential to understand his cheminement(excuse my french).All the songs that are his classics are there.Sometimes,the ESSENTIAL collection is not what the title implies,but this time they did it right.If you didn't know WAYLON JENNINGS,you can say that after listening to those 2cds,you know him now.You still need DREAMIN'MY DREAMS(1975) and a live set to complete a perfect overview of the man.There will never be another WAYLON JENNINGS,so buy this.
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For Jennings fans in particular and country lovers in general, these recordings gather the best of Waylon and should be part of any music collection. Waylon Jennings at his best!!!
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Loved the variety of songs offered. Generous with over forty songs. Love the songs especiaaly comemorating Texas and its special music.
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Cd case arrived cracked... most likely Canada posts deal...
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bd25d0) out of 5 stars Classic outlaw country -- an awesome 2-CD set July 31 2007
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Looks like ol' Hoss has gotten an upgrade... Personally, I'm still partial to the original "Essential" best-of from 1996 -- it's just so well programmed and compact -- but hey, if they wanna throw a new, 2-CD set our way, with twice as much stuff, that's dandy, too. This collection hews pretty closely to Waylon's RCA glory years, when he recorded immortal outlaw classics like "Are You Ready For The Country," "Just Pretend I Never Happened," "Lonesome, On'ry And Mean," "Wurlitzer Prize" and "Waymore's Blues..." This set doesn't dig as deep or go as far afield as the recent "Nashville Rebel" box... It's a nice, affordable midway point between the two, a strong introduction to one of country music's most charismatic, smoulderingly sexy performers, packed with one great, bluesy tune after another. This is likely to be the standard best-of set for years to come: if you're new to the Waylon Jennings sound, this collection oughtta knock your socks off.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bd2624) out of 5 stars Excellent two-disc distillation of country music legend Sept. 10 2007
By hyperbolium - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In the wake of the fifth anniversary of Jennings' passing (and the 70th anniversary of his birth), a number of archival sets have recently hit the shelves. First out was the magnificent four-CD, multi-label spanning "Nashville Rebel" box set. This was quickly followed by a fascinating video compilation under the same title. Now up are a pair of new projects, the triple-disc "Never Say Die: The Final Concert Film" collection and this 42-track two-CD compilation.

As has been pointed out for similar single- and double-disc set, there's just not enough space on a couple of discs to capture every track that every fan feels is essential. nor paint a detailed portrait of Jennings lengthy recording career. The best that can be expected is to hit the highlights and hits, and flesh out some of the shadows with select album cuts. Further, these sets aren't meant to break new ground or provide previously unreleased tidbits for collectors. They're perennials used to renew shelf space and retail interest, giving a legendary catalog a chance at an end-cap at Target or Walmart. This is a meat-and-potatoes overview of Jennings career, focusing heavily on his most productive years at RCA, with a peek at his pre-RCA work ("Big Mamou"), and his last #1 single ("Rose in Paradise") recorded for MCA.

The story arc of this set is familiar to anyone knowledgeable of Jennings' career. Gaining a rock 'n' roll edge as one of Buddy Holly's last Crickets (and narrowly avoiding the plane crash that took his mentor), Jennings developed his style at J.D. Musil's nightclub in Phoenix and recorded his own album for sale at live shows (see Hip-O's "Phase One: The Early Years 1959-1964" for more of this early material). Upon signing with RCA he found himself marketed as "Folk Country," but neither his label nor producer Chet Atkins could restrain Jennings' unique charms. Despite the soft edges of the Nashville Sound, ballads like "The Chokin' Kind" cut through the cooing background vocals with Jennings' emotion soaked vocals. Signature tunes like "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," employ twangy guitars that simply push Atkins' conventions out the door.

Jennings won his independence from Nashville's factory-like production techniques in 1972 and began recording with his own road band. He produced himself and held sessions in non-RCA and non-Nashville sessions. He further stretched his independence by championing a new generation of songwriters, including Kris Kristofferson, Gordon Lightfoot, Rodney Crowell, and most notably, Billy Joe Shaver, and began writing a larger helping of his own material. His self-containment and self-direction was unique to hit-making commercial country music -redefining the mainstream to fit him, rather than fitting himself into the extant mainstream.

Included among the 42 tracks are a dozen country #1s and fourteen more Top 10s. This set overlaps with 28 tracks on 2001's "Country Legends" set, and with 19 tracks on 1993's "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line." Many core tunes can be found on all three collections, but key titles and fan-favorites are particular to one or two. For instance, this Essential title includes the early country-folk "That's the Chance I'll Have to Take," the pre-outlaw "Ladies Love Outlaws", and Jennings final #1, "Rose in Paradise," none of which turn up on the other two collections. On the other hand, this set omits excellent covers of "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," "Lucille," and "T For Texas," and originals like "Shine" and "Never Could Toe the Mark." This set, along with "Country Legends" includes the rarer studio version of "Bob Wills is Still the King"; the live version can be found on the 1993 set.

One could argue that less famous tracks should have been dropped in favor of those with more popular acclaim, but this would only satisfy a listener's sweet tooth. Jennings catalog is filled with lesser hits and album tracks that are important elements of his overall development, and condensing such an extensive recorded history to two discs is bound to leave out some desired recordings. Expanding to more discs, such as on the "Nashville Rebel" set, is one solution. Even better is to pick up this set (or the single-disc "Essential Waylon Jennings") as an introduction, and then augment your collection with individual album reissues from your favorite periods of Jennings career. [©2007 hyperbolium dot com]
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bd2a5c) out of 5 stars Rolling Thunder....Texxxas outlaw Aug. 5 2007
By O'Hickey - Published on
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HOSS...Waylon Jennings was like rolling thunder coming out of Texas in the very early seventies. The original Nashville rebel, doing it his way!!
This collection of songs from the notorious RCA prime years is pure "smokin" BASS-heavy Renegade outlaw Country, that few others to this day could match! With that deep baritone voice & growl, "ole Waylon" could let out a bark that could send the devil packin'!! This set leaves out none of the greats from that day, including several songs that have not been included on previous collections - such as "lonesome, o'nry & mean", and "honky-tonk heroes"! And the song order of these remastered "gems" is un-matched as well. You can't go wrong w/ this set, unless you purchase his boxed-set. I also recommend Waylon's comlete MCA years set as well.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bd2e28) out of 5 stars look no further May 29 2009
By J. Scott - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Chances are if you're looking at this listing eager to purchase a Waylon Jennings compilation, you already know the man's music. If you're trying to decide which one to choose from the many out there, look no further. This is hands down the best Waylon collection you'll find. Almost every previous comp has been marred by a combination of poor song selection, shoddy packaging, and worst of all lousy sound quality. This one finally gets it all right.

First and most importantly, the audio quality is superb and beyond compare. Other recent comps have suffered from record industry-killing trends - extreme limiting and dynamic compression. These processes are employed to make the music sound as loud as possible. The problem is that they are commonly overused and produce the ill-effects of reduced dynamic range, natural volume peaks being eliminated, extraneous hiss, and unnatural digital distortion (particulary Waylon's "RCA Country Legends" on Buddha, which should be avoided at all costs, even free). This "Essential" entry, however, is mastered by Vic Anesini, one of the few great mastering engineers in the business. This means there is no pushing the gain past the threshold limit (distortion) and no squashing of the dynamic range (over-limiting), allowing the music to flow naturally as recorded and intended. Since there is no over-processing, additional noise reduction is not needed to mask extra hiss (which often results in a 'swirly', mp3-like sound). So thanks for getting it right yet again, Vic.

The track selection is authoritatively chosen and includes nearly every essential hit, providing a thorough overview of Waylon's heyday at RCA from the mid-'60s to the early '80s, even containing a track apiece of his pre- and post-RCA recordings. Though there is a noticeable lack of tracks from '82-'85, the newer '3.0' edition (issued in 2008) makes up for this gap by adding a third disc comprised mostly of tunes from this era, making it an even more complete retrospective. The liner notes are informative, with detailed track annotation and a concise essay that focuses on the early years of Waylon's life in music.

Legacy's "Essential" series has produced some outstanding listening experiences - the Stevie Ray Vaughan, Earth Wind and Fire, and Clash volumes are five-star examples. Add Waylon's "Essential" collection to that list. So what are you waiting for? Grab this and a bottle of Kentucky sour-mash and get schooled.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bd2f0c) out of 5 stars Best of the Outlaw Nov. 20 2007
By JGC - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Waylon Jennings is awesome. It you're looking for some great country, specifically classic outlaw music from the Original Outlaw, look no further.

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