Nashville Rebel [Box Set]

Nashville Rebel [Box Set]

by Waylon Jennings
     
 

Tracing the career of an oft-recorded giant like Waylon Jennings in a mere four discs is tricky business, but RCA Nashville/Legacy has done a superb job. Documenting Jennings's evolution from rock 'n' roller to folk rocker to unrepentant country Outlaw avatar, it's a fascinating journey, even without his A&M recordings from the early '60s (see the essential PhaseSee more details below

Overview

Tracing the career of an oft-recorded giant like Waylon Jennings in a mere four discs is tricky business, but RCA Nashville/Legacy has done a superb job. Documenting Jennings's evolution from rock 'n' roller to folk rocker to unrepentant country Outlaw avatar, it's a fascinating journey, even without his A&M recordings from the early '60s (see the essential Phase One: The Early Years 1958-1964). Disc 1, which covers 1958 through 1969, does feature Jennings's festive, Buddy Holly-produced take on "Jole Blon" and a rare Trend single from 1961, "My Baby Walks All Over Me." Most of its 25 tracks were Chet Atkins productions that meld the smooth Nashville Sound of the time to harder rhythms that suited Waylon's authoritative baritone voice. In songs such as "Love of the Common People" and especially the doom-laden ballad "Something's Wrong in California," we hear Jennings finding a sound suited to his attitude (Fred Carter's snarling guitar on "Nashville Rebel" would become a signature component of Waylon's music) and developing into a formidable interpretive singer who could sell a song with sensitivity or muscular vocal brio.

In Disc 2, 1970-1974, when the Outlaw movement flowered, Jennings was at the forefront with "Honky Tonk Heroes," "Ladies Love Outlaws," "Amanda,"-- assured, literate, intimate tunes by Billy Joe Shaver, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Steve Young, and Waylon himself that broadened country's audience and lingua franca. Those gains are consolidated on Disc 3, 1974-1980, when Waylon continued writing compelling original (and often self-referential) tunes such as "I've Always Been Crazy" and the reality-check classic "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand" and supplementing his repertoire with covers from an American songbook that included both Jimmie Rodgers and Neil Young ("Are You Ready for the Country"). In the 1980-1995 period covered on Disc 4, Jennings was for a time adrift on MCA, but his excellent Will the Wolf Survive (title tune by Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Louie Perez) is featured with three cuts, and he hit another high-water mark in collaborating with Johnny Cash, Willie, and Kristofferson on the Highwayman sessions, the chart-topping title track being a highlight of this collection. A story well told: in music, in Waylon's formidable presence on disc, and in first-rate annotation. It's quite a ride.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It may be hard to believe, but it's true: Legacy's four-disc 2006 box Nashville Rebel is the first comprehensive, multi-label Waylon Jennings retrospective ever assembled. During the peak of the CD box set reissue boom of the late '80s/early '90s, Waylon did receive a quasi-box in the form of 1993's Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line: The RCA Years, an excellent double-disc set that was housed in a box yet fell short of being a true box set. Starting in the late '90s, his catalog began to be overhauled -- Buddha reissued classic individual albums like Honky Tonk Heroes, Bear Family put out two huge box sets that chronicled all of his RCA work up until 1973, then the rest of his '70s work came out as two-fers overseas, while Hip-O assembled a collection of both his earliest recordings and his '80s work for MCA -- but he still lacked a set that covered his whole career, from 1958 through 1995. That's exactly what Nashville Rebel does, and it does so in superb fashion. Any career with as much great work as Waylon's is inevitably hard to condense, even at the length of a four-disc set with 92 tracks, but Nashville Rebel does the job right, providing an accurate, compelling narrative of Jennings' career, while offering all of his biggest hits along with sharply chosen lesser-known songs and rarities that help complete the picture. Any hardcore fan might find favorite songs missing, but nobody can complain about what's here -- and that applies not only to the first three discs, which trace the prime of Waylon's career, but even the fourth, which is the rare final CD on a multi-disc set that is solid, perhaps not as gripping or timeless as the music that precedes it, but it does present a convincing case that Waylon continued to make strong music right up until the later stages of his career. And this is how Nashville Rebel is like those classic box sets of the late '80s and early '90s: there is no fluff, no needlessly chosen rarities; it simply and cleanly gives the listener the essential items from a truly great artist. There is plenty of other great music within Waylon's catalog, but if this is all somebody heard from him, they would know exactly who he was and what he meant musically. That's the goal of all lavish box sets such as this, and this is one of the few that truly achieves that goal. It's an essential item, not just for country fans, but for anybody who cares about American music of the 20th century.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828768964026
catalogNumber:
89640
Rank:
36005

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Jole Blon  - Waylon Jennings
  2. My Baby Walks All Over Me  - Waylon Jennings
  3. That's the Chance I'll Have to Take  - Waylon Jennings
  4. Stop the World (And Let Me Off)  - Waylon Jennings
  5. Anita, You're Dreaming  - Waylon Jennings
  6. Time to Bum Again  - Waylon Jennings
  7. (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me  - Waylon Jennings
  8. Green River  - Waylon Jennings
  9. Nashville Rebel  - Waylon Jennings
  10. Mental Revenge  - Waylon Jennings
  11. Love of the Common People  - Waylon Jennings
  12. The Chokin' Kind  - Waylon Jennings
  13. Walk on out of My Mind  - Waylon Jennings
  14. I Got You  - Anita Carter
  15. Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line  - Waylon Jennings
  16. Yours Love  - Waylon Jennings
  17. Just to Satisfy You  - Waylon Jennings
  18. Something's Wrong in California  - Waylon Jennings
  19. Brown Eyed Handsome Man  - Waylon Jennings
  20. Cedartown, Georgia  - Waylon Jennings
  21. I Ain't the One  - Jessi Colter
  22. Singer of Sad Songs  - Waylon Jennings
  23. It's Sure Been Fun  - Waylon Jennings
  24. Six White Horses  - Waylon Jennings
  25. People in Dallas Got Hair  - Waylon Jennings

Disc 2

  1. The Taker  - Waylon Jennings
  2. Mississippi Woman  - Waylon Jennings
  3. Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)  - Waylon Jennings
  4. (Don't Let the Sun Set on You) Tulsa  - Waylon Jennings
  5. Sweet Dream Woman  - Waylon Jennings
  6. Ladies Love Outlaws  - Waylon Jennings
  7. Under Your Spell Again  - Jessi Colter
  8. Lonesome, On'ry and Mean  - Waylon Jennings
  9. Pretend I Never Happened  - Waylon Jennings
  10. You Can Have Her  - Waylon Jennings
  11. Honky Tonk Heroes  - Waylon Jennings
  12. Black Rose  - Waylon Jennings
  13. We Had It All  - Waylon Jennings
  14. You Ask Me To  - Waylon Jennings
  15. This Time  - Waylon Jennings
  16. It's Not Supposed to Be That Way  - Waylon Jennings
  17. Slow Rollin' Low  - Waylon Jennings
  18. I'm a Ramblin' Man  - Waylon Jennings
  19. Rainy Day Woman  - Waylon Jennings
  20. Amanda  - Waylon Jennings
  21. Bob Wills Is Still the King  - Waylon Jennings
  22. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way  - Waylon Jennings
  23. Waymore's Blues  - Waylon Jennings
  24. The Door Is Always Open  - Waylon Jennings
  25. Dreaming My Dreams with You  - Waylon Jennings

Disc 3

  1. "T" for Texas  - Waylon Jennings
  2. Freedom to Stay  - Waylon Jennings
  3. Good Hearted Woman  - Willie Nelson
  4. Suspicious Minds  - Jessi Colter
  5. Can't You See  - Waylon Jennings
  6. Are You Ready for the Country  - Waylon Jennings
  7. MacArthur Park (Revisited)  - Waylon Jennings
  8. Jac-A-Diamonds  - Waylon Jennings
  9. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)  - Willie Nelson
  10. Brand New Goodbye Song  - Waylon Jennings
  11. The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You)  - Waylon Jennings
  12. Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys  - Willie Nelson
  13. There Ain't No Good Chain Gang  - Waylon Jennings
  14. I've Always Been Crazy  - Waylon Jennings
  15. Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got out of Hand  - Waylon Jennings
  16. The Greatest Cowboy of Them All  - Waylon Jennings
  17. Come with Me  - Waylon Jennings
  18. I Ain't Living Long Like This  - Waylon Jennings
  19. Clyde  - Waylon Jennings
  20. Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)  - Waylon Jennings

Disc 4

  1. Storms Never Last  - Jessi Colter
  2. Shine  - Waylon Jennings
  3. Just to Satisfy You  - Willie Nelson
  4. Women Do Know How to Carry On  - Waylon Jennings
  5. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay  - Willie Nelson
  6. Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will)  - Waylon Jennings
  7. Breakin' Down  - Waylon Jennings
  8. Take It to the Limit  - Willie Nelson
  9. The Conversation  - Hank Williams
  10. I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain't Used Up)  - Waylon Jennings
  11. Never Could Toe the Mark  - Waylon Jennings
  12. America  - Waylon Jennings
  13. Waltz Me to Heaven  - Waylon Jennings
  14. Highwayman  - Willie Nelson
  15. Drinkin' and Dreamin'  - Waylon Jennings
  16. Working Without a Net  - Waylon Jennings
  17. Will the Wolf Survive?  - Waylon Jennings
  18. What You'll Do When I'm Gone  - Waylon Jennings
  19. Rose in Paradise  - Waylon Jennings
  20. Rough and Rowdy Days  - Waylon Jennings
  21. Wrong  - Waylon Jennings
  22. I Do Believe  - Willie Nelson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Waylon Jennings   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Guitar,Mandolin
Johnny Cash   Guitar,Vocals
David Allan Coe   Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Johnny Gimble   Guitar
Kris Kristofferson   Vocals
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Reed   Guitar
Johnny Rodriguez   Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Ray Stevens   Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Vibes
Buddy Holly   Guitar
Graham Nash   Vocals
King Curtis   Saxophone
Matt Rollings   Piano
Tommy Allsup   Guitar
James Burton   Guitar
Sonny Curtis   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Jan Howard   Vocals
Anita Kerr   Vocals
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bobby Wood   Piano,Keyboards
Anita Carter   Vocals
Jessi Colter   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Martin Katahn   Strings,Violin
Jim Gordon   Saxophone
Sandy Posey   Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Buzz Cason   Vocals
Kieran Kane   Mandolin
Will Ackerman   Drums
Ritchie Albright   Drums
J.I. Allison   Conga,Drums
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Joe Babcock   Vocals
Byron Bach   Cello
Earl Ball   Keyboards
Brenton Banks   Strings,Violin
Benmont Tench   Organ
Richard Bennett   Guitar
Lea Jane Berinati   Vocals
Matt Betton   Drums
George Binkley   Violin
Jerry Bridges   Bass,Guitar
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Julianna Buffum   Cello
Thomas Buffum   Violin
Larry Butler   Organ,Keyboards
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Larry Byrom   Guitar
Jimmy Capps   Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Vangie Carmichael   Vocals
June Carter Cash   Vocals
Curly Chalker   Steel Guitar
Marvin Chantry   Viola
Charles Veal   Violin
Chip Young   Guitar
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Roy Christensen   Cello
Johnny Christopher   Guitar,Vocals
Stephen Clapp   Strings
J.R. Cobb   Guitar
Charles Cochran   Piano
Jim Colvard   Guitar
Roger Crabtree   Harmonica
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Dottie DeLeonibus   Vocals
Quitman Dennis   Saxophone
Dorothy Dillard   Vocals
Ronald Drake   Vocals
Garth Fundis   Vocals
Bobby Dyson   Bass,Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Dolores Edgin   Vocals
Bobby Emmons   Keyboards
Paul English   Drums
Stan Farber   Vocals
Ronald Folsom   Violin
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Paul Foster   Guitar
Solie Fott   Strings
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Carl Gay   Guitar
Duke Goff   Bass
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
Dennis Good   Trombone
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Bill Graham   Fiddle
Marshall Grant   Bass,Guitar
Jerry Gropp   Guitar,Harmonica
John Guerin   Drums
Lennie Haight   Violin
Jack Hale   Trumpet
Hollis Halford   Synclavier
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Vocals
Sherman Hayes   Bass
Michael Haynes   Trumpet
Jerry Hensley   Guitar
Eddie Hinton   Guitar
Ginger Holladay   Vocals
Mary Holladay   Vocals
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Jack Huffman   Drums
Sherilyn Huffman   Vocals
John Leslie Hug   Guitar
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
John Jarvis   Synthesizer,Piano,DX-7
Billy Joor   Trumpet
Bunky Keels   Piano
Rock Killough   Guitar,Harmonica
Larry Knechtel   Keyboards
Sheldon Kurland   Violin
Red Lane   Guitar
Mike Leech   Bass
Kyle Lehning   Piano,Trumpet,Keyboards
Bob Lewin   Trumpet
Brent Mason   Guitar
Neal Matthews   Vocals
Martha McCrory   Strings,Cello
Gene Merlino   Vocals
Shirl Milete   Guitar
Chips Moman   Guitar,Vocals
Ralph Mooney   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Laverna Moore   Vocals
Farrell Morris   Marimbas
Richard Morris   Marimbas
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Dan Mustoe   Drums
Fred Newell   Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle,Mandolin
June Page   Vocals
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton   Vocals
Gordon Payne   Guitar,Harmonica
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Billy Ray Reynolds   Guitar
Leon Rhodes   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Temple Riser   Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano,Harpsichord
Barny Robertson   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Carter Robertson   Vocals
Jack Routh   Guitar
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Gary Scruggs   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Randy Scruggs   Guitar
Dale Sellers   Guitar
Don Sheffield   Trumpet
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Lisa Silver   Vocals
Don Smith   Bass
Velma Smith   Guitar
Bee Spears   Bass
Maurice Spears   Trombone
Hugh Stoker   Vocals
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Daniel Timms   Piano
Jimmy Tittle   Bass
Robby Turner   Dobro
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
David Vanderkooi   Cello
Sharon Vaughn   Vocals
Pete Wade   Guitar
Billy Joe Walker   Guitar
Raymond Walker   Vocals
Barry Walsh   Keyboards
Rance Wasson   Guitar
Merle Watson   Guitar
Bergen White   Vocals
Larry Whitmore   Guitar
John "Bucky" Wilkin   Guitar
Hank Williams   Vocals
Toni Wine   Vocals
Bob Wootton   Guitar
Reggie Young   Guitar
Becky Williams   Vocals
W.S. Holland   Drums
Roy Huskey   Bass
Howard Carpenter   Strings
Mike Hogan   Bass
Priscilla Ann Hubbard   Vocals
Mack Johnson   Trumpet
Charlie McCoy   Organ,Bass,Harmonica,Trumpet,Vibes
Bobbie Nelson   Keyboards
Mary Greene   Vocals
Dee Moeller   Organ,Piano
Bob Tebow   Vocals
Helen Carter   Vocals
Fred Carter   Guitar
Ray Corbin   Guitar
Jim Haber   Piano,Keyboards
Larrie Londin   Percussion,Drums
Gary Talley   Vocals
Bobby Thompson   Bass,Guitar
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Bass
Andy McMahon   Organ
Jeff Hale   Drums
Beegie Cruzer   Piano
Bennett K. Schaeufele   Steel Guitar
Stephanie Woolf   Strings,Violin
Doris Allen   Strings
Mack Magaha   Fiddle
Joe Osborn   Bass
Steven Smith   Violin
James Wilkerson   Guitar
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
Jimmy Gray   Guitar
Fletcher Watson   Guitar
Ernest West   Vocals
Joe Allen   Bass,Guitar
William "Billy" Brown   Vocals
Kay Klinger   Vocals
Lee Thomas Miller   Bass
David Briggs   Piano,Keyboards
Bobby Turner   Drums
Eddy Anderson   Drums
George Atwood   Bass
Paul Davis   Keyboards,Vocals
William Wright   Vocals
David Carroll Kirby   Guitar
Gerald Gropp   Harmonica
Lawrence Herzberg   Violin
Matt Morse   Synclavier
Doris Swett   English Horn
E. Duane West   Vocals
Karen Jones   Violin
Larry McCoy   Piano

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Johnny Cash   Producer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Waylon Jennings   Composer,Producer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer,Producer
Buck Owens   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Ray Pennington   Composer,Producer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Don Henley   Composer
Buddy Holly   Producer
Randy Meisner   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Albert Collins   Composer
Lee Clayton   Composer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
Sammi Smith   Composer
Tompall Glaser   Producer
Sammy Johns   Composer
Toy Caldwell   Composer
Jessi Colter   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Rodney Lay   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Ritchie Albright   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Jerry Bridges   Producer
Larry Butler   Producer
Don Cartee   Producer
Jack Clement   Producer
Danny Davis   Producer
Bobby Emmons   Composer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Gorgoni   Composer
Ron Haffkine   Producer
Stewart Harris   Composer
David Hidalgo   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
John Hurley   Composer
Red Lane   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Ronnie Light   Producer
Ken Mansfield   Producer
Jim McBride   Composer
Bob McDill   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer,Producer
Daniel Moore   Composer
Roger Murrah   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Jimmy Peters and the Ring Dance   Composer
Joe Rainey   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Dusty Rhodes   Composer
Gary Scruggs   Producer
Glen Spreen   Arranger
Don Was   Producer
Bergen White   Arranger
Ronnie Wilkins   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Alex Zanetis   Composer
Alan Cartee   Producer
Brent Cartee   Producer
Billy Mize   Composer
John Barlow Jarvis   Composer
Don Bowman   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Mack Vickery   Composer
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Rob Santos   Producer
Bobby Montgomery   Producer
David Gorman   Art Direction
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant   Composer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Hal Bynum   Composer
Patsy Bruce   Composer
Curtis Buck   Composer
Buddy Dee   Composer
Ricci Mareno   Composer
André Pessis   Composer
Bill Hoover   Composer
Bobby Bond   Composer
Mirriam Eddy   Composer
Louis "Chickie" Perez   Composer
Arthur Nakata   Art Direction
David Carroll Kirby   Composer
John Walker   Composer

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