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Dwight Yoakam didn't need a box set to remind us he was kicking ass and taking names even before he signed with Warner Bros. in 1985. But with the four-disc extravaganza Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years -- featuring over two dozen previously unreleased tracks -- Yoakam dazzles with his staggering artistry and infallible command of all things country -- and then some. Three of the discs collect tracks from his catalog as well as cuts he's contributed to other artists' projects, a batch of material that handily proves Yoakam's genius when it comes to adapting traditional sensibilities to contemporary styles. Acknowledged as the foremost contemporary purveyor of ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Dwight Yoakam didn't need a box set to remind us he was kicking ass and taking names even before he signed with Warner Bros. in 1985. But with the four-disc extravaganza Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years -- featuring over two dozen previously unreleased tracks -- Yoakam dazzles with his staggering artistry and infallible command of all things country -- and then some. Three of the discs collect tracks from his catalog as well as cuts he's contributed to other artists' projects, a batch of material that handily proves Yoakam's genius when it comes to adapting traditional sensibilities to contemporary styles. Acknowledged as the foremost contemporary purveyor of the hard-edged Bakersfield sound pioneered by his heroes Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, Yoakam and longtime producer/guitarist Pete Anderson has found touchstones in pop Sonny & Cher's "Baby Don't Go," for one, here done as a duet with Sheryl Crow, punk the Clash's "Train in Vain", Texas boogie ZZ Top's "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide", and rock Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me," done to white-hot perfection. Yoakam's evolution as a songwriter is also well-chronicled here, on his own, as a collaborator, and in his transcendent partnership with Anderson. That last relationship receives an unexpected spotlight on the fourth disc, a selection of 21 previously unreleased recordings, 10 of which predate Anderson's 1981 appearance on the scene. The disc's early take on "You're the One," done as a slow, tearjerking lament, stands in stark contrast to the ferocious, Anderson-assisted version heard on disc 1 that scalded both the country and pop charts a decade later. In addition, there are enough new recordings three and previously unissued live and studio tracks including two stunning duets with Kelly Willis, on the George Jones-Tammy Wynette classic "Golden Ring" and on Jones's "Take Me" to comprise an entire new Dwight Yoakam album in the midst of this breathtaking retrospective. Reprise Please Baby is not only this year's most vibrant and essential box set, it's one of the all-time great ones.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Randy Travis sold more records and George Strait was a purer country singer, but Dwight Yoakam was as influential as either on country music in the '80s. A Kentucky-born, Ohio-raised refugee from Nashville, he headed out to California where he managed to play Bakersfield country for L.A. punks, laying the groundwork for the Americana movement of the late '80s and '90s by not only revitalizing classic country from honky tonks to country-pop ballads through his traditionalist readings, but treating rock songs in a similar fashion. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Rhino's excellent four-disc box set Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years, a superb chronicling of his time at Reprise/Warner Records. What makes this set so successful is that it doesn't focus simply on the hits, though they're all here. Instead of just the hits, they're interlaced with key album tracks, covers, duets, and songs cut for compilations, all necessary to understanding Yoakam's music and his influence. Take his superlative duet with Flaco Jimenez on Warren Zevon's "Carmelita" and how it blurs the lines between country, punk, classic rock, and singer/songwriters, creating the sound that would come to be known as Americana. Nearly every alt-country artist sought this expert balance of self-consciously classic instrumentation, contemporary subject matter, stylized yet sincere delivery, and clean production -- a delicate balance many sought to replicate, yet few succeeded in capturing. It's a brilliant moment, but one that wasn't on any Dwight album, and this rightly presents it, among other rarities, as key parts of his legacy. Among the revelations on Reprise Please Baby is that Yoakam had this balance perfected from the beginning, from before he released his landmark debut, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.; his ten-track demo from 1981 is included here on the all-previously unreleased fourth disc, and it holds its own among his best albums in both its songwriting and performance. This entire disc -- which also contains two fine duets with Kelly Willis and a string of covers, recorded anywhere from 1986 to 2002, all very good, with a nimble "Oh Lonesome Me" and a rip-roaring "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" standing as particular highlights -- makes it necessary for collectors, but the set wouldn't be much if it was just for the completists. What makes it such a success is that it presents Yoakam's full achievement through a sharp, thorough examination of his prodigious output, turning in a convincing case for his greatness while being a hell of an entertaining listen. He produced his share of great albums, but Reprise Please Baby tells everything country fans of any stripe need to know.
New York Times - Neil Strauss
In this set, one can hear [Yoakam's] stubborn traditionalism and his innate eclecticism intertwine as two decades roll by.

In this set, one can hear [Yoakam's] stubborn traditionalism and his innate eclecticism intertwine as two decades roll by.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227610029
  • Catalog Number: 76100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honky Tonk Man (2:48)
  2. 2 Guitars, Cadillacs (3:05)
  3. 3 It Won't Hurt (3:05)
  4. 4 Miner's Prayer (2:19)
  5. 5 Little Sister (3:02)
  6. 6 Little Ways (3:20)
  7. 7 Please, Please Baby (3:34)
  8. 8 Always Late (With Your Kisses) (2:11)
  9. 9 This Drinkin' Will Kill Me (2:34)
  10. 10 Streets of Bakersfield (2:49)
  11. 11 I Sang Dixie (3:48)
  12. 12 I Got You (3:29)
  13. 13 I Hear You Knockin' (3:15)
  14. 14 Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses) (4:33)
  15. 15 Long White Cadillac (5:19)
  16. 16 Turn It on, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose (3:25)
  17. 17 You're the One (3:59)
  18. 18 Nothing's Changed Here (2:58)
  19. 19 It Only Hurts When I Cry (2:34)
  20. 20 The Heart That You Own (3:10)
  21. 21 The Distance Between You and Me (2:42)
  22. 22 Dangerous Man (4:17)
  23. 23 Send a Message to My Heart (3:15)
  24. 24 Takes a Lot to Rock You (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Carmelita - Flaco Jiménez (3:25)
  2. 2 Suspicious Minds (6:55)
  3. 3 Doin' What I Did (3:26)
  4. 4 Hey Little Girl (2:31)
  5. 5 Ain't That Lonely Yet (3:18)
  6. 6 A Thousand Miles from Nowhere (4:29)
  7. 7 Try Not to Look So Pretty (2:55)
  8. 8 Pocket of a Clown (2:57)
  9. 9 Home for Sale (3:38)
  10. 10 Fast as You (4:47)
  11. 11 King of Fools (4:05)
  12. 12 Holding Things Together (2:37)
  13. 13 Nothing (3:52)
  14. 14 Don't Be Sad (3:20)
  15. 15 Sorry You Asked? (3:23)
  16. 16 Gone (That'll Be Me) (2:48)
  17. 17 Claudette (2:55)
  18. 18 Baby Don't Go - Sheryl Crow (4:00)
  19. 19 Train in Vain (3:22)
  20. 20 Rapid City, South Dakota (2:49)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Only Want You More (3:22)
  2. 2 Same Fool (3:01)
  3. 3 Things Change (3:45)
  4. 4 These Arms (3:31)
  5. 5 A Long Way Home (2:55)
  6. 6 Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2:21)
  7. 7 Thinking About Leaving (3:55)
  8. 8 New San Antonio Rose (3:03)
  9. 9 Two Doors Down (4:38)
  10. 10 Bury Me (3:12)
  11. 11 Love Caught Up to Me (3:50)
  12. 12 What Do You Know About Love (2:56)
  13. 13 Free to Go (4:48)
  14. 14 A Place to Cry (4:35)
  15. 15 I Want You to Want Me (3:27)
  16. 16 Alright, I'm Wrong (4:16)
  17. 17 Who at the Door Is Standing - Bekka Bramlett (2:32)
  18. 18 The First Thing Smokin' (3:40)
  19. 19 I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide (4:13)
  20. 20 Louisville (3:03)
  21. 21 Sittin' Pretty (2:24)
  22. 22 Mercury Blues (2:26)
Disc 4
  1. 1 This Drinkin' Will Kill Me (3:11)
  2. 2 It Won't Hurt (3:46)
  3. 3 I'll Be Gone (3:25)
  4. 4 Floyd County (2:37)
  5. 5 You're the One (4:02)
  6. 6 Twenty Years (3:02)
  7. 7 Please Daddy (3:19)
  8. 8 Miner's Prayer (2:43)
  9. 9 I Sang Dixie (3:45)
  10. 10 Bury Me (3:00)
  11. 11 Golden Ring (3:15)
  12. 12 Take Me (2:20)
  13. 13 Sin City (4:02)
  14. 14 Truckin' (7:21)
  15. 15 Grand Tour (3:41)
  16. 16 Oh, Lonesome Me (3:29)
  17. 17 Today I Started Loving You Again (4:29)
  18. 18 Mystery Train (3:11)
  19. 19 Can't You Hear Me Callin' (3:19)
  20. 20 Heartaches by the Number (3:41)
  21. 21 My Bucket's Got a Hole in It (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dwight Yoakam Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Autoharp, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Background Vocals
Chris Hillman Piano
Jim Lauderdale Background Vocals
Tony Campise Alto Saxophone
Bruce Eskovitz Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Allsup Guitar
Lonesome Strangers Background Vocals
Roger Miller Background Vocals
Dave Alexander Trumpet
Beth Andersen Background Vocals
Maxi Anderson Background Vocals
Pete Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Electric Sitar, 6-string bass, Guitar (Baritone)
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Fills, Requinto
Ray Benson Guitar
James E. Bond Conductor
Bekka Bramlett Background Vocals
Tom Brumley Steel Guitar
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Bill Campbell Bass
Cindy Cashdollar Steel Guitar
Lenny Castro Percussion
Jonathan Clark Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Anthony Crawford Background Vocals
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Floyd Domino Piano
Skip Edwards Organ, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards, Wurlitzer
Phillip Fajardo Drums
Flaco Jiménez Accordion, Vocal Harmony
J.D. Foster Bass
Michael Francis Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Funderburk Background Vocals
Bob Glaub Bass
John Goux Acoustic Guitar
Jim Haas Background Vocals
Don Heffington Drums
Carl Jackson Background Vocals
Duane Jarvis Rhythm Guitar
Eric Jorgensen Trombone
Scott Joss Fiddle, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Brantley Kearns Fiddle, Background Vocals
Nick Lane Trombone
Greg Leisz Lap Steel Guitar
Jay Dee Maness Pedal Steel Guitar
David Mansfield Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin
Jerry McGee Guitar
Gary Morse Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Marty Muse Dobro
Tim O'Brien Mandolin, Background Vocals
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Herb Pedersen Background Vocals
Al Perkins Banjo, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Tom Peterson Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Earl Lon Price Tenor Saxophone
Taras Prodaniuk Bass, Upright Bass
Amy Ray Background Vocals
Don Reed Fiddle
Jason Roberts Fiddle
Jeff Rymes Background Vocals
David Sanger Drums
Greg "Frosty" Smith Trombone, Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Tellez Bajo Sexto
Lee Thornburg Trombone, Trumpet
Dusty Wakeman Percussion, Background Vocals, 6-string bass
Randy Weeks Background Vocals
David Woodford Saxophone
Jim Christie Drums
Jeff Donavan Drums
Elias Haslanger Tenor Saxophone
Leland Sklar Bass
Carmen Twilley Background Vocals
Al Bonhomme Acoustic Guitar
Chris Booher Piano
Davey Crockett Drums
David Earl Miller Bass
John Noreyko Tuba
Chris Tedesco Trumpet
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Buck Owens Introduction
Dwight Yoakam Arranger, Producer, Art Direction
Jerry Garcia Composer
Steve Morse Liner Notes
Bob Weir Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Bobby Braddock Composer
Pete Anderson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Louis Armstrong Composer
James Austin Liner Notes, Art Direction
Don Baskin Composer
James E. Bond String Arrangements
Sally Browder Engineer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Frank Campbell Engineer
Peter Doell Engineer
Michael Dumas Engineer
Ralph Forbes Programming
Billy Gibbons Author
Robert Gonzales Composer
Bill Halverson Producer
Bill Ham Executive Producer
Scott Humphrey Programming
Leslie Ann Jones Engineer
David Leonard Engineer
Phil Lesh Composer
Brian Levi Engineer
Velma Middleton Composer
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Junior Parker Composer
Kevin Reeves Engineer
Eddie Ruscha Author
Al Schulman Engineer
Chris Stone Engineer
Tim Stroh Engineer
Lee Thornburg Horn Arrangements
Dusty Wakeman Programming, Engineer
Clarence Williams Composer
Daniel Steinberg Engineer
Cisco Composer
Sam Phillips Composer
Holly George-Warren Liner Notes
Mauricio Iragorri Engineer
Steven Chean Editorial Research
Don C. Tyler Digital Editing
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
Kacey Jones Producer
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Elijah Bradford Engineer
Kenneth A. Van Druten Engineer
Kevin Mazur Cover Photo
Pat Kraus Remastering
Pearl King Composer
Bob Totten Composer
Joe Galante Executive Producer
Bryan McConkey Engineer
Dennis Hopper Author
David Ponak Licensing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dwight Keeps on Keepin On

    In the words of Chris Hillman, "Dwight Yoakum is the Gram Parsons that worked.."This 4-cd set spans the career of the artist all the way from "Guitars, Cadillacs",to present.The 4th disc is all previously unissued material that features a smoking live version of The Dead's "Truckin", and a nice acoustic version of "You're the One".Dwight Yoakum is quite simply, the purest pure country singer in the business today, and if you listen to this set from beginning to end,you'll believe it. From the Allman Brothers feel of "Free to Go, to the blistering rockabilly of "Sitting Pretty" this set is a nice bonus for the hardcore fan, and a must if you're just mildly interested.Those looking for the slick, schmaltzy,radio-friendly country music of today need not apply.Get ready to rumble on this one, folks. Damn this guy's good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Dwight Yoakam

    This box set is great. It's got all my favorite Dwight songs on it. I love country music. I also like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. I have lots of country cds. That's what I listen to in the car, is country. If I get the chance, I listen to the radio at work. I work out at the gym after work, but of course you aren't gonna hear country at the gym. At least not where I live (which is the Detroit area). I need to get some new country cds because I like it so much. I want to learn how to play country guitar, but I don't have time because of softball. I hope that I get to see Dwight in concert when he comes around again.

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