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Very Best of Dwight Yoakam
     

The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam

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by Dwight Yoakam
 

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For those wondering what all the fuss concerning Dwight Yoakam is about, this 20-track overview -- think of it as an abridged version of the essential box set Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years -- should be an illuminating experience. It's a scorching disc of brilliantly executed and deeply

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For those wondering what all the fuss concerning Dwight Yoakam is about, this 20-track overview -- think of it as an abridged version of the essential box set Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years -- should be an illuminating experience. It's a scorching disc of brilliantly executed and deeply felt hard country, surveying Yoakam's career, beginning with his 1984 indie EP, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., which evolved into his Warners debut of the same title. That classic slice of modern country is represented here by the freewheeling title track and an electrifying remake of Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man." From there the selections hit high spots over the next 19 years of albums, culminating in two tracks from 2003's indie release, Population Me. There's no arguing with these choices, which range from an electrifying remake of "Streets of Bakersfield," featuring Yoakam's Bakersfield-based spiritual and musical touchstone Buck Owens, to "I Sang Dixie," a heartrending ballad about an alcoholic's lonesome death on the L.A. streets. Other highlights include Yoakam's searing remake of Elvis's "Suspicious Minds" (Dwight being Elvis's premier interpreter, it's only fitting that his urgent reading of "Little Sister" be included as well), the sadistic magnificence of "Ain't That Lonely Yet," and "It Only Hurts When I Cry," a lively honky-tonk monument to self-pity, along with inspired covers of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and a western swing take on Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me." The story behind the story is, of course, Pete Anderson, who imbues these tracks with his rich productions -- which are seamless short courses in country and rock 'n' roll history -- and his dazzling lead guitar work, a second voice to Yoakam's own. This is an excellent primer on one of modern country music's most fascinating performers.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Take a look at the title of Rhino's 2004 Dwight Yoakam collection -- this is The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam, not The Greatest Hits, which means that there are several hit singles missing. Actually, there are a grand total of 20 charting singles missing, the exact length of The Very Best Of and certainly more than can be winnowed down to a single-disc overview of his biggest hits. Inevitably, cuts had to be made, and the decision was made to span his entire career, coming at the expense at some of his earlier, bigger hits, which means this may not appeal as much to listeners who are familiar with Dwight from the time he had a steady string of singles in the country Top Ten. Instead, this collection skews toward a crossover audience -- or, to be frank, rock guys who like Yoakam. In that regard, it's a success, giving a good idea of the range of his music, offering his biggest hits, along with popular countrified covers of "Suspicious Minds," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," and "I Want You to Want Me." It could be argued convincingly that Just Lookin' for a Hit gives a better picture of Yoakam the hitmaker, but this is nevertheless a better portrait of his full career, and a better indication of what he wound up being: every alt-rocker's favorite neo-traditional country singer.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227896423
catalogNumber:
78964
Rank:
6427

Tracks

  1. Honky Tonk Man
  2. Guitars, Cadillacs
  3. Little Sister
  4. Little Ways
  5. Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
  6. Streets Of Bakersfield
  7. I Sang Dixie
  8. Long While Cadillac
  9. You're The One
  10. Suspicious Minds
  11. It Only Hurts When I Cry
  12. Ain't That Lonely Yet
  13. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
  14. Fast As You
  15. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  16. I Want You to Want Me
  17. Things Change
  18. The Late Great Golden State
  19. The Back Of Your Hand

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dwight Yoakam   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Buck Owens   Vocals

Technical Credits

Johnny Horton   Composer
James House   Composer
Wayland Patton   Composer
Dwight Yoakam   Composer
Dave Alvin   Composer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Pete Anderson   Producer,Audio Production
Homer Joy   Composer
Rick Nielsen   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Holly George-Warren   Liner Notes
Tillman Franks   Composer
Jean Krikorian   Art Direction
Brad Bowman   Cover Photo
Howard Hausey   Composer
Mike Stinson   Composer
Masaki Koike   Art Direction

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The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have this CD and I just love it. I just love his voice
glauver More than 1 year ago
Dwight Yoakam is modern, not in a Nashville glitz way, but in the manner he calls his own shots. He may be the most important artist in the country genre since Gram Parsons melded country and rock together in the early 70s. It is only fair to say that, as a performer, Yoakam is head and shoulders above Parsons. This collection is singles oriented but the singles are so great it doesn,t matter. Five stars might be too high but this CD certainly merits a 4 1/2. If you want to learn more about the bleak Yoakam vision, try the almost solo dwightyoakamacoustic.net album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dwight is raw talent! He sounds better then ever. We drove over 1600 miles to see him perform this year! You won't be disappointed with any Dwight music! Dwight's Used Records cd is a 5 star also !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago