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Dwight's Used Records
     

Dwight's Used Records

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by Dwight Yoakam
 
Few if any major country artists of the 1980s and '90s had as consistent a run of strong recordings as Dwight Yoakam, and this compilation proves that even the material he gave away was better than what most of his peers were sending out as top-shelf product. Dwight's Used Records features cuts Yoakam contributed to several tribute compilations, duets that

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Few if any major country artists of the 1980s and '90s had as consistent a run of strong recordings as Dwight Yoakam, and this compilation proves that even the material he gave away was better than what most of his peers were sending out as top-shelf product. Dwight's Used Records features cuts Yoakam contributed to several tribute compilations, duets that appeared on other artists' albums, and a few unreleased covers, and while the results aren't quite as cohesive as a proper album, nearly everything here would have fit the bill on a "real" Dwight Yoakam album. His duets with Deana Carter and Heather Myles show what a generous vocal partner he can be, while his turns with Ralph Stanley and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band add some new layers of depth to his traditionalist approach. Yoakam's covers of "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" and "Mercury Blues" are sly and witty but never descend into self-parody, and he sure does right by Johnny Cash and Webb Pierce as he tackles their songs. The album's only real flaw would be the two back-to-back versions of John Prine's "Paradise"; both performances are worthwhile, but over ten minutes of the song gets to be a bit much. Baring that, Dwight's Used Records is a thoroughly enjoyable collection of odds and ends that congeals into some solid listening -- but how come his superb version of Merle Haggard's "Holding Things Together" from the Tulare Dust album didn't make the cut?

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Alanna Nash
A must-have disc. (B+)

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0684038980529
catalogNumber:
9805

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dwight Yoakam   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Cymbals,Vocals
Ralph Stanley   Vocals
Heather Myles   Vocals
Skip Edwards   Percussion,Piano,Wurlitzer
Mitch Marine   Percussion,Drums
Deana Carter   Vocals
Keith Gattis   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Ray C. Walker   Background Vocals
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Michael Witcher   Dobro
David Roe   Bass,Background Vocals,Upright Bass
Kay Walker   Background Vocals
Dave Roe   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Composer
Marty Stuart   Producer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Gail Davies   Producer
Nanci Griffith   Composer
Chris Hillman   Composer
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Producer
Dwight Yoakam   Composer,Producer,Graphic Design,Art Direction
Carole King   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Chris Rea   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Heather Myles   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Pete Anderson   Producer
Frank Beard   Composer
K.C. Douglas   Composer
Michael Dumas   Producer,Engineer
Charles R. Freeland   Producer
Billy Gibbons   Composer
Dusty Hill   Composer
Dann Huff   Producer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Randy Scruggs   Producer
Jim Anglin   Composer
Deana Carter   Composer,Producer
Keith Gattis   Producer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Robert Geddins   Composer
Frank Miller   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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Dwight's Used Records 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of fourteen tracks, pulled from tribute albums and guest appearances on other artists' albums, displays the breadth of Yoakam's work with a conciseness that his own albums never could. To be fair, Yoakam's releases have been purpose-built as more focused efforts, and this collection, drawing from disparate sources across a full decade of recording, has a broader charter. It's astounding to hear in one place just how easily Yoakam fits into rootsy mountain bluegrass, honky-tonk country, smooth adult contemporary pop, and earthy blues-inspired country-rock. ¶ Yoakam provides the ballast for Ralph Stanley's high-and-lonely on the latter's "Down Where the River Bends," and Stanley returns the favor by taking Yoakam's "Miner's Prayer" into the hills from which it was dug. Yoakam's honky-tonk outlaw heroes are recognized on covers of Waylon Jennings' "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)," Johnny Cash's "Understand Your Man," and Webb Pierce's "If You Were Me (And I Were You)." The latter, featuring harmonies by Gail Davies, is just one of several wonderful duets that include Deana Carter's adult-contemporary "Waiting" and Heather Miles' Mexicali-flavored "Little Chapel." ¶ Yoakam is transcendent, surrounded by the acoustic sounds of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and tearing through "Mercury Blues" and ZZ Top's "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide." Bonus tracks include previously unreleased covers of Little Eva's "Loco-Motion" and two versions of John Prine's "Paradise." Other artists may have similar range, but precious few have the artistic gravity to make such a compilation cohesive. This is an essential collection for fans and an interesting introduction to Yoakam's breadth.