Ultimate Waylon Jennings

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of the better single-disc overviews of recent years, Ultimate Waylon Jennings does the prototypical outlaw proud in its survey of his RCA, Columbia, and MCA highlights. All 22 tracks were Top 10 country hits, 14 of them chart-toppers. The hit parade is a natural selling point, but this run through 19 years 1968 to 1987 of a formidable catalogue underscores that Waylon retained his own distinct personality, whether he was being produced by a precise formalist such as Chet Atkins 1968's attitudinous "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" or a voluble metaphysical force such as Chips Moman 1985's epic "Highwayman". The force of Jennings's character infuses every performance...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of the better single-disc overviews of recent years, Ultimate Waylon Jennings does the prototypical outlaw proud in its survey of his RCA, Columbia, and MCA highlights. All 22 tracks were Top 10 country hits, 14 of them chart-toppers. The hit parade is a natural selling point, but this run through 19 years 1968 to 1987 of a formidable catalogue underscores that Waylon retained his own distinct personality, whether he was being produced by a precise formalist such as Chet Atkins 1968's attitudinous "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" or a voluble metaphysical force such as Chips Moman 1985's epic "Highwayman". The force of Jennings's character infuses every performance -- and reveals just how legends are made. "I'm a Ramblin' Man," Rodney Crowell's "I Ain't Living Long like This," "I May Be Used But Baby I Ain't Used Up," and "I've Always Been Crazy" are prime examples of the artful, self-deprecating send-ups of his own wild-man tendencies that he proffered so frequently in his prime. "Don't You Think the Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand" and "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," with Willie Nelson on board, put the pinprick of humor to the movement he begat, while the beautiful ballad "Amanda" and the percolating tale "Rose in Paradise" fearlessly displayed the macho man's tender, loving heart. Two more duets with Willie "Good Hearted Woman" and "Just to Satisfy You" and the enduring "Luckenbach, Texas" join a roll call of hits-as-personal-statements that's hard to stop or top.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's a music criticism cliché to complain about the title of a collection like Ultimate Waylon Jennings, to snipe that the album doesn't live up to the promise of its title when, after all, the Ultimate series is merely RCA/BMG's response to Sony's popular Essentials series. Still, when a compilation falls as short of the mark as this, it's hard not to grumble. Ultimate Waylon Jennings suffers from the need to be evenhanded and to extend the compilation to his less popular and less artistically successful '80s recordings, including a selection from the supergroup the Highwaymen. This comes at the expense of any '60s hit outside of "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," any song from the immortal Honky Tonk Heroes, several hits including many number ones, and a lot of great album tracks and minor hits. Of course, these kind of omissions are inevitable when a career as rich and prolific as Waylon's is condensed to a mere 22 tracks, but the problem is that there is too much emphasis on late-'70s material and too many tracks from the '80s a full seven songs, and there are too many classic tracks missing. Nevertheless, there are enough classics present -- such as "The Taker," "I'm a Ramblin' Man," "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," and "Luckenbach, Texas Back to the Basics of Love" -- to make it an enjoyable listen, but there are so many good Waylon compilations on the market that there's not much reason to get this, even if it's billed as Ultimate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765726726
  • Catalog Number: 57267
  • Sales rank: 7,721

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Waylon Jennings Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Chet Atkins Producer
Ed Bruce Composer
Rodney Crowell Composer
Waylon Jennings Composer, Producer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Willie Nelson Composer, Producer
Ray Pennington Composer, Producer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Neil Young Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Tompall Glaser Producer
Giorgio Moroder Composer
Sammy Johns Composer
Ritchie Albright Producer
Pete Bellotte Composer
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Jerry Bridges Producer
Jack Clement Producer
Bobby Emmons Composer
Stewart Harris Composer
Chuck Howard Composer
Lenny Kaye Liner Notes
Ken Mansfield Producer
Jim McBride Composer
Bob McDill Composer
Chips Moman Composer, Producer
Gary Scruggs Producer
Don Bowman Composer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Bob Gruen Cover Photo
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Composer
Patsy Bruce Composer
Tom Scholz Composer
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