Essential

Essential

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by Waylon Jennings
     
 

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For Waylon fans who passed on the grand four-CD retrospective from 2006, Nashville Rebel, the good folks at RCA Nashville/Legacy offer this truncated double disc of prime Waylon, spiced with but a tad of non-hit material in the midst of monuments from the quintessential outlaw's storied career. Of the 42 cuts here, only 2 are unavailable on NashvilleSee more details below

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For Waylon fans who passed on the grand four-CD retrospective from 2006, Nashville Rebel, the good folks at RCA Nashville/Legacy offer this truncated double disc of prime Waylon, spiced with but a tad of non-hit material in the midst of monuments from the quintessential outlaw's storied career. Of the 42 cuts here, only 2 are unavailable on Nashville Rebel -- those being a 1964 Cajun-flavored barnburner, "Big Mamou," from an early live date, and 1978's "A Long Time Ago," a terrific, low-key Jennings/Shel Silverstein-penned autobiographical reflection on a cowboy singer's trials and tribulations as he fights to make his own voice heard. Otherwise the discs chart a chronological journey through Waylon's outlaw artistry, from two thoughtful cuts from his terrific 1965 album, Folk-Country, to his 1987 chart-topper for MCA, "Rose in Paradise." In between are the expected beauties -- "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line"; Willie Nelson's devastating "Pretend I Never Happened"; Billy Joe Shaver's "Honky Tonk Heroes"; "Luckenbach, Texas"; and a host of Waylon's original masterpieces on the order of "This Time," "Bob Wills Is Still the King," "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," "I've Always Been Crazy," "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand," and of course the classic Waylon/Willie co-writes, "Good Hearted Woman" and "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." The subtext here is Waylon often taking a dyspeptic look at himself and his fellow outlaws, further indication of the restless artist always looking to take his music in new directions. But that's another story; for a short course a how a dynamic, tradition-rooted vision of country music was fully realized, The Essential Waylon Jennings gets the job done, and then some.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There have been plenty of Waylon Jennings compilations released over the years, most of them good but few capturing the full scope of his career. RCA/Legacy's 2007 double-disc set The Essential Waylon Jennings -- not to be confused with the single-disc comp of about a decade earlier -- comes the closest, just edging out the previous two-CD standard-bearer, RCA Country Legends (which itself replaced the excellent two-CD Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line), as the best concise overview on the market. This begins a bit earlier than RCA Country Legends, starting with "Big Mamou" and "That's the Chance I'll Have to Take," and wraps up a bit earlier, not digging as deep into the '80s recordings, which is no great loss. Essential runs two songs longer than Legends, but it has two big omissions in Billy Joe Shaver's "Black Rose" and Toy Caldwell's "Can't You See," but overall this 2007 set has is a stronger set from beginning to end, containing almost all the big hits -- from "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)" through "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" and "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" to "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," "Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You)" and "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" -- and containing no fat, making this an excellent overview and introduction to Waylon's prime.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886970761529
catalogNumber:
707615
Rank:
5214

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Big Mamou  - Waylon Jennings
  2. That's the Chance I'll Have to Take  - Waylon Jennings
  3. Stop the World (And Let Me Off)  - Waylon Jennings
  4. Anita, You're Dreaming  - Waylon Jennings
  5. (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me  - Waylon Jennings
  6. The Chokin' Kind  - Waylon Jennings
  7. Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line  - Waylon Jennings
  8. Just to Satisfy You  - Waylon Jennings
  9. Cedartown, Georgia  - Waylon Jennings
  10. The Talker  - Waylon Jennings
  11. Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)  - Waylon Jennings
  12. Sweet Dream Woman  - Waylon Jennings
  13. Ladies Love Outlaws  - Waylon Jennings
  14. Lonesome, On'ry and Mean  - Waylon Jennings
  15. Freedom to Stay  - Waylon Jennings
  16. Pretend I Never Happened  - Waylon Jennings
  17. You Can Have Her  - Waylon Jennings
  18. We Had It All  - Waylon Jennings
  19. Honky Tonk Heroes  - Waylon Jennings
  20. You Ask Me To  - Waylon Jennings

Disc 2

  1. This Time  - Waylon Jennings
  2. It's Not Supposed to Be That Way  - Waylon Jennings
  3. I'm a Ramblin' Man  - Waylon Jennings
  4. Rainy Day Woman  - Waylon Jennings
  5. Amanda  - Waylon Jennings
  6. Bob Wills Is Still the King  - Waylon Jennings
  7. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way  - Waylon Jennings
  8. Waymore's Blues  - Waylon Jennings
  9. Dreaming My Dreams with You  - Waylon Jennings
  10. Good Hearted Woman  - Willie Nelson
  11. Are You Ready for the Country  - Waylon Jennings
  12. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)  - Waylon Jennings
  13. The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You)  - Waylon Jennings
  14. Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys  - Willie Nelson
  15. I've Always Been Crazy  - Waylon Jennings
  16. A Long Time Ago  - Waylon Jennings
  17. Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand  - Waylon Jennings
  18. I Ain't Living Long Like This  - Waylon Jennings
  19. Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)  - Waylon Jennings
  20. Storms Never Last  - Jessi Colter
  21. Drinkin' and Dreamin'  - Waylon Jennings
  22. Rose in Paradise  - Waylon Jennings

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Waylon Jennings   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Johnny Gimble   Guitar
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Reed   Guitar
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Ray Stevens   Organ,Piano,Vibes
Sonny Curtis   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Anita Kerr   Vocals
Jessi Colter   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Martin Katahn   Violin
Jim Gordon   Saxophone
Will Ackerman   Drums
Ritchie Albright   Drums
Anita Kerr Singers   Track Performer
Byron Bach   Cello
Brenton Banks   Violin
Lea Jane Berinati   Vocals
Matt Betton   Drums
George Binkley   Violin
Jerry Bridges   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Larry Butler   Organ
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Larry Byrom   Guitar
Jimmy Capps   Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Vangie Carmichael   Vocals
Marvin Chantry   Viola
Chip Young   Guitar
Roy Christensen   Cello
Johnny Christopher   Guitar
Charles Cochran   Piano
Jim Colvard   Guitar
Roger Crabtree   Harmonica
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Dottie DeLeonibus   Vocals
Dorothy Dillard   Vocals
Ronald Drake   Vocals
Bobby Dyson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Dolores Edgin   Vocals
Stan Farber   Vocals
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Paul Foster   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Carl Gay   Guitar
Duke Goff   Bass,Bass Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Jerry Gropp   Guitar
John Guerin   Drums
Lennie Haight   Violin
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Vocals
Sherman Hayes   Bass,Bass Guitar
Eddie Hinton   Guitar
Ginger Holladay   Vocals
Mary Holladay   Vocals
John Leslie Hug   Guitar
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
John Jarvis   Synthesizer,Piano
Bunky Keels   Piano
Sheldon Kurland   Violin
Kyle Lehning   Trumpet
Neal Matthews   Vocals
Martha McCrory   Cello
Gene Merlino   Vocals
Chips Moman   Guitar
Ralph Mooney   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass Guitar
Laverna Moore   Vocals
Richard Morris   Marimbas
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Dan Mustoe   Drums
Fred Newell   Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals
June Page   Vocals
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton   Vocals
Gordon Payne   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Norbert Putnam   Bass,Bass Guitar
Billy Ray Reynolds   Guitar
Leon Rhodes   Bass,Bass Guitar
Temple Riser   Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Barny Robertson   Piano,Keyboards
Carter Robertson   Vocals
Gary Scruggs   Guitar,Harmonica
Randy Scruggs   Guitar
Dale Sellers   Guitar
Don Sheffield   Trumpet
Don Smith   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steven Maxwell Smith   Violin
Bee Spears   Bass,Bass Guitar
Maurice Spears   Trombone
Hugh Stoker   Vocals
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Bobby Thompson   Guitar
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
David Vanderkooi   Cello
Sharon Vaughn   Vocals
Billy Joe Walker   Guitar
Raymond Walker   Vocals
Rance Wasson   Guitar
Larry Whitmore   Guitar
John "Bucky" Wilkin   Guitar
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
Reggie Young   Guitar
Becky Williams   Vocals
Roy Huskey   Bass
Priscilla Ann Hubbard   Vocals
Mack Johnson   Trumpet
Charlie McCoy   Bass,Harmonica,Bass Guitar
Dee Moeller   Organ,Piano
Bob Tebow   Vocals
Fred Carter   Guitar
Jim Haber   Keyboards
Larrie Londin   Drums
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Bass
Andy McMahon   Organ
Stephanie Woolf   Violin
William Brown   Vocals
Joe Osborn   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jimmy Gray   Guitar
Fletcher Watson   Guitar
Ernest West   Vocals
Joe Allen   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
William "Billy" Brown   Vocals
Kay Klinger   Vocals
Lee Thomas Miller   Bass
David Briggs   Piano
Lee Miller   Bass Guitar
William Wright   Vocals
David Carroll Kirby   Guitar
Lawrence Herzberg   Violin
E. Duane West   Vocals
William Joor   Trumpet
Priscilla Hubbard   Vocals
Gary Paxton   Vocals
Kay Klinger   Vocals
James Colvard   Guitar
Lawrence Herzberg   Violin
Henry Strezelecki   Bass Guitar
Roy Huskey   Bass Guitar
John Hug   Guitar
Fred Carter   Guitar
Willie Ackerman   Drums
Steven Smith   Violin

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer,Audio Production
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Waylon Jennings   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ray Pennington   Producer,Audio Production
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Lee Clayton   Composer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
Sammi Smith   Composer
Tompall Glaser   Producer,Audio Production
Jessi Colter   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Link Davis   Composer
Ritchie Albright   Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Bowen   Producer,Audio Production
Jerry Bridges   Producer,Audio Production
Jack Clement   Producer,Audio Production
Danny Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Bobby Emmons   Composer
Gorgoni   Composer
Ron Haffkine   Producer,Audio Production
Stewart Harris   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Ronnie Light   Producer,Audio Production
Ken Mansfield   Producer,Audio Production
Jim McBride   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Peters and the Ring Dance   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Gary Scruggs   Producer,Audio Production
Glen Spreen   Arranger
Bergen White   Arranger
Johnny Whiteside   Liner Notes
Don Bowman   Composer
Mack Vickery   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
David Gahr   Cover Photo
Vic Anesini   Mastering
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Charlyn Zlotnik   Tray Photo
Patsy Bruce   Composer
Curtis Buck   Composer
Jeremy Holiday   Packaging Manager
Bill Hoover   Composer
James D. Musil   Producer,Audio Production

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