The Essential

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886970761529
  • Catalog Number: 707615
  • Sales rank: 22,038

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Mamou (2:27)
  2. 2 That's the Chance I'll Have to Take (2:05)
  3. 3 Stop the World (And Let Me Off) (2:03)
  4. 4 Anita, You're Dreaming (2:26)
  5. 5 (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me (2:27)
  6. 6 The Chokin' Kind (2:30)
  7. 7 Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line (2:22)
  8. 8 Just to Satisfy You (2:18)
  9. 9 Cedartown, Georgia (2:50)
  10. 10 The Talker (2:23)
  11. 11 Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) (3:03)
  12. 12 Sweet Dream Woman (3:00)
  13. 13 Ladies Love Outlaws (2:33)
  14. 14 Lonesome, On'ry and Mean (3:40)
  15. 15 Freedom to Stay (3:12)
  16. 16 Pretend I Never Happened (3:02)
  17. 17 You Can Have Her (2:41)
  18. 18 We Had It All (2:46)
  19. 19 Honky Tonk Heroes (3:37)
  20. 20 You Ask Me To (2:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 This Time (2:26)
  2. 2 It's Not Supposed to Be That Way (3:29)
  3. 3 I'm a Ramblin' Man (2:48)
  4. 4 Rainy Day Woman (2:31)
  5. 5 Amanda (2:59)
  6. 6 Bob Wills Is Still the King (3:01)
  7. 7 Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way (2:56)
  8. 8 Waymore's Blues (2:41)
  9. 9 Dreaming My Dreams with You (2:26)
  10. 10 Good Hearted Woman - Willie Nelson (3:01)
  11. 11 Are You Ready for the Country (3:12)
  12. 12 Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) (3:20)
  13. 13 The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You) (2:09)
  14. 14 Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys - Willie Nelson (2:33)
  15. 15 I've Always Been Crazy (4:13)
  16. 16 A Long Time Ago (2:25)
  17. 17 Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand (2:58)
  18. 18 I Ain't Living Long Like This (4:47)
  19. 19 Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys) (2:08)
  20. 20 Storms Never Last - Jessi Colter (3:05)
  21. 21 Drinkin' and Dreamin' (3:01)
  22. 22 Rose in Paradise (3:41)
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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
The Anita Kerr Singers Track Performer
Byron Bach Cello
Brenton Banks Violin
Lea Jane Berinati Vocals
Matt Betton Drums
George Binkley III 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 Jr. 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 Jr. Bass
Priscilla Ann Hubbard Vocals
Mack Johnson Trumpet
Charlie McCoy Bass, Harmonica, Bass Guitar
Dee Moeller Organ, Piano
Bob Tebow Vocals
Fred Carter Jr. 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
Al 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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