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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000IHY9AM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Long revered as the King of the Texas Music Scene, Keen helped set the stage for a generation of alt-country singers and songwriters. His only comprehensive collection takes you from 1984's No Kinda Dancer to 2006's Live at the Ryman , with The Road Goes On Forever; Corpus Christi Bay; Armadillo Jackal; For Love; Ride , and 13 more!

Customer Reviews

His sound is unique and his lyrics are funny, catchy and clever.
Daniel N. Bulliner
Anyway...if you like Robert Earl Keen's work (or would like to get to know it) you can't go wrong with this CD, in my opinion.
Kenpo-Jujitsu Teacher
A must have for the true fan or a great starter to get someone in to REK.
J. Prottsman

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael B on July 25, 2010
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I'm not a stranger to REK's music, but I will admit that I'm a relative newcomer. I'd say that I enjoy about half of this album, but the rest I can do without. Of course I love the standards, although the live version of 'The Road Goes on Forever' left a little to be desired.

On the other hand, 'For Love', which I'd never heard before, is an amazing song. Absolutely fantastic.

Newcomers should beware, however--on some of his songs he sounds like Dale Gribble from 'King of the Hill' when he sings. Takes some getting used to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mike on October 13, 2010
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After finding out about Robert Earl Keen's music, he's definitely one of my top Texas musicians/songwriters. I don't know what it is about Texas song writers they just know where it's at.
This a very good collection of REK's work to date. (only one song I felt was missing from the "Best" and that is the "Front Porch Song")
So may the "Road Go On Forever and the Party Never End".

mike a.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenpo-Jujitsu Teacher VINE VOICE on December 22, 2007
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I am a big fan, so my review will of course be biased, but I really enjoyed this CD. I especially enjoyed some of the live performances of my favorites. (I personally enjoy the live, more upbeat version of "Merry Christmas From The Family" better than the original.)

Anyway...if you like Robert Earl Keen's work (or would like to get to know it) you can't go wrong with this CD, in my opinion.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Eaton on January 18, 2008
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If you love Robert Earl Keen, you'll love this Best Of collection. (I would not recommend it for anyone who is a newcomer to REK. Some of the tracks are live, and the first three are VERY old, and not as sophisticated in sound as his newer stuff.) I bought this for my boyfriend, who loves anything REK, and he hasn't stopped playing it for two weeks straight (literally!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni A. Cooper on December 15, 2008
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This CD is comfortable as an old shoe! Wonderful country-rock songs for those who love great lyrics and gentle rocking.
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I'm a relative newcomer to REK's genre, but have had a pretty good sampling of his music. I bought "BEST" for the value. It has many of my favorites from REK, however, there are some I wish would have been left off (for those who must know, I'm not a fan of Willie, Mr. Wolf and Mama Bear, Let the Music Play, and Ride). I was surprised that some of my favorites from "Picnic" and "Gravitational Forces" were left off (again, for those who must know, Shades of Gray, Wild Wind, Not a Drop of Rain were notably absent for me). All in all it's hard to complain about, but enough for me to knock it down a star.

Some people complain about the live cuts. I'm not one of them. I like for energetic songs to sound like they have...energy! Sometimes it's everything I can do to not throw up listening to the album version of Gringo Honeymoon. Good song, but it's so DULL on the album. Same goes for Corpus Christi Bay.

One chuckle to mention (I downloaded this album from iTunes), Furnace Fan is mis-labeled Furnace Fox. I smile every time it comes up on my iPod. :)

Edit 8-22-13: After listening to this for a while, I've found that Willie is now one of my favorites, and I've warmed up to Ride and Mr. Wolf and Mama Bear. Still would like to see the other three, but I'm bumping up to 5 stars.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Johnson on May 4, 2008
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A good collection of some of REK's best songs. A fairly broad look at the different types of songs he's done, a solid intro to his music. A few live songs are here, and the choices for those are fitting:

7 Merry Christmas from the Family
8 The Road (Intro)
9 The Road Goes on Forever

16 Feeling Good Again
17 Gringo Honeymoon
18 I'm Comin' Home

All the other songs appear to be the original versions or so close that I can't really tell the difference.

And for the record, I believe REK is not "done". Three of these songs are from his last album in 2005. Of course, if it would goad Robert into putting out a new original album I'm all for saying he's over with :)
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Robert Earl Keen is one of my favorite singer/songwriters...he has an authentic, unique and under-appreciated voice. If you like music and lyrics that come from a country/rock/folk blend, you will love Best. Some of the songs on this album are a bit quirky (Merry Christmas from the Family, Mr. Wolf and Mamabear, Furnace fan); some are old west inspired (Willie, Let the Music Play, Whenever Kindness Fails); and some are just in the good old singer/songwriter tradition (Ride, Paint the Town Beige,Gringo Honeymoon, and my personal favorite, I'm Comin' Home). All-in-all a great album that includes many of his best works. The album Gringo Honeymoon, however, remains my favorite Robert Earl Keen album to date.
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