An Outlaw...A Lady: The Very Best of Jessi Colter

An Outlaw...A Lady: The Very Best of Jessi Colter

by Jessi Colter
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An Outlaw...A Lady: The Very Best of Jessi Colter

Back in country music's Outlaw era, it seemed as if the only artists on the map were men. But a few women made their mark, and one of the most intriguing was Jessi Colter, who was Outlaw Waylon Jennings's wife but was also an affecting vocalist and a writer with something to say. Her songs reveal a penetrating insight into the little things that make or break a relationship, and that trembling voice -- here's the prototype for Iris DeMent -- reveals layer upon layer of vulnerability as it caresses a lyric. Although she's kept a low profile for many years, Colter's finest moments have stood the test of time, and the traditional framework for those messages sounds right on time. This 18-song collection includes 10 of her charting singles, including her most enduring song, the chart-topping "I'm Not Lisa," as searing but subtle an account of mistaken identity as you're likely to find in song. Colter shows off a swinging, bluesy side on the suggestive, low-down grinder "You Ain't Never Been Loved (Like I'm Gonna Love You)" and a heartbreaking touch with a honky-tonk weeper on the classically styled "I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name." Waylon shows up three times on the disc, mating his burly baritone to Colter's tender tones on a churning cover of "Suspicious Minds," adding a dash of erotic urgency to the driving "Under Your Spell Again," and keeping the traditional faith with his spouse on a beautiful honky-tonk medley of the classics "Wild Side of Life/It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels." This set's a solid reminder of the good work Colter did in her prime, and an effective setup for a forthcoming, long-anticipated new album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2003
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724358433920
catalogNumber: 84339
Rank: 28874


  1. You Mean To Say
  2. Suspicious Minds @@Waylon Jennings
  3. Under Your Spell Again @@Waylon Jennings
  4. I'm Not Lisa
  5. What's Happened To Blue Eyes
  6. You Ain't Ever Been Loved (Like I'm Gonna Love You)
  7. Storms Never Last
  8. It's Morning (And I Still Love You)
  9. Without You
  10. Here I Am
  11. I Belong To Him
  12. New Wine
  13. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
  14. You Hung The Moon (Didn't You Waylon?)
  15. Maybe You Should've Been Listening
  16. That's The Way A Cowboy Rocks and Rolls
  17. Hold Back The Tears
  18. Wild Side of Life / It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels @@Waylon Jennings

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jessi Colter   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Waylon Jennings   Producer
Kris Kristofferson   Liner Notes
Buck Owens   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Jessi Colter   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Ritchie Albright   Producer
Arlie Carter   Composer
Ronnie Light   Producer
Ken Mansfield   Producer
J.D. Miller   Composer
Dusty Rhodes   Composer
William Warren   Composer
Moshe Brakha   Cover Photo
Michelle Azzopardi   Art Direction
Lee Emerson   Composer
Kent Zimmerman   Liner Notes
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Keith Zimmerman   Liner Notes
Quattrocchi   Art Direction

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An Outlaw...A Lady: The Very Best of Jessi Colter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jllfromnewyork More than 1 year ago
I don't think there's man or woman around who has a more haunting and yet beautiful voice than Jessie Colter. I remember seeing a video where she and Waylon were sitting on this couch with Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash ... I think it was a Johnny Cash show. Jessie stood up and sang 'You did hang the moon (didn't ya Waylon,) and the camera moved over to the couch to show Waylon looking up at her with this big ole smile that was so typical of Waylon Jennings. I had a hard time listening to her sing it on this CD today.