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The album opens with Bruce's largest success as a songwriter, "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." Though known for its chart-topping version by Waylon & Willie, Bruce himself actually took it to the top-20 three years earlier. Bruce covers eleven additional tunes, seven from his own pen, including a nice rendition of "The Last Cowboy Song" (on which he is remindful of Waylon, himself).
As with most re-recordings, this is not the place to start your appreciation of the artist's catalog. The best place for that would be Varese's now out-of-print "The Best of Ed Bruce," featuring most of these songs in their original versions. On the one hand, Bruce's maturity and rethinking of his songs is worth hearing, on the other, recording many years worth of hits in a short series of sessions can't help but compress the range these songs originally presented. While these are anything but throwaways, they're also no substitute for the originals, leaving them mostly for Ed Bruce fans and completists.
The best bet would be to hang in there until "Ed Bruce's Greatest Hits" are available.
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For those who do not remember what the original songs sounded like this CD would be okay. But this is the second time I've bought a greatest hits set of garbage and found that the... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Randy C.
songs arent as we heard them on the radio- or as i remember them- or even as they are played online. must have recorded this album hundreds of years after we loved them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Ridley