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Greatest Hits

Billy Joe ShaverAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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listen  6. Step on UpBilly Joe Shaver, Eddie Shaver 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. When Fallen Angels FlyBilly Joe Shaver 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Couldn't Be Me Without YouBilly Joe Shaver 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. MelodyBilly Joe Shaver 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Old Five and DimersBilly Joe Shaver 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. You Asked Me ToBilly Joe Shaver 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Live ForeverBilly Joe Shaver, Big & Rich 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Compadre Records
  • ASIN: B000LC5AXY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Known as the 'outlaw Poet Laureate', Billy Joe Shaver has had his songs covered by an impressive list of performers including Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson, to name a few. Throughout his career, Shaver has release 15 albums. His latest, The Real Deal, garnered some of his highest critical praise to date including appearances on NPR's 'Fresh Air,' DBS's '60 Minutes,' 'Imus in the Morning'. Greatest Hits features `Try and Try Again,' Shaver's fervent reminder about the power of persistence and the previously unreleased 'Melody,' which was produced by roots music producing legend R.S. Field. A best of collection of Shaver's songs wouldn't be complete without his biographical roadhouse romp, 'Georgia on a Fast Train,' and his message of redemption, 'Old Chunk of Coal.' Greatest Hits is a perfect primer for new Billy Joe Shaver fans and a must have for lifeline devotees.

Johnny Cash once called him "my favorite songwriter," and Waylon Jennings recorded nearly an entire album (Honky Tonk Heroes) of his material in 1973--lots of folks insist that was the first true "outlaw" record. Billy Joe Shaver, whose "Old Chunk of Coal," "Georgia on a Fast Train," and "Old Five and Dimers" rank as standards of Texas singer-songwriter lore, is closer to his 70th birthday than his 60th, but he still burns it down on stage, and he still lives the soulful, close-to-the-bone life of his impoverished, raggedy-ass youth. These days, it would be easy for the five-time Grammy nominee to lean on his woeful personal story--growing up picking cotton and dropping out of school in the eighth grade, then losing his wife, mother, and guitarist son, Eddy, in a matter of months at the turn of the millennium. Instead, he continues to challenge himself in his writing. This collection of his best-loved songs (it's erroneous to call them "hits") contains a driving live rendition of "Georgia" and two new offerings (the remarkable love song "Light a Candle for Me" and the tongue-in-cheek "Melody") as well as some lubricated on-stage preaching and storytelling. (It also reprises his unfortunate duet with Big & Rich on "Live Forever"... but let's pretend that never happened.) Shaver's singing remains an acquired taste, rivaling a rusty barn-door latch rattling in the wind. Yet in the age of Pro-Tooled prettiness, authenticity never sounded more welcome. --Alanna Nash

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thee Very best there is January 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I have bought every album Billy Joe has made. He is my all time favorite singer/songwriter. Its too bad he is not better known. Everybody that I have played his music to ends up loving him and his songs. Treat yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest songwriters. Ever. April 12, 2007
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Along with Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silversteen, and a small handful of others, Billy Joe Shaver influenced country songwriting forever. His honest, true-to-the-bone lyrics and rough and rowdy lifestyle (he was just recently involved in a shooting down in Texas) have made him the Poet Laureate for the down-trodden and ne'er-do-wells. GREATEST HITS compiles some of this legend's most provocative work, as only he could perform it.

Shaver's songs range from the patriotic enthusiasm of "Good Ol USA," to the whistfulness of "Melody," to the raucous delight of "Honk Tonk Heroes," to the beautifully poignant of "When Fallen Angels Fly." On the rowdy "Georgia on a Fast Train," he proudly sings of his eighth grade education; he may be sending the wrong message to the youth of today, but let's face it, we don't give a good god-darn. He's an old chunk of coal, who will one day be a diamond; he praises the hottest girl in town, who used to hang around with Heaven 'til she learned too much; he's tempted by a rose of a different name; he's an old five and dimer and still dang-proud of it. But, truthfully, we can sum up Billy Joe Shaver with one simple paraphrase of one of his most elegant songs: like the greatest that humanity has to offer, Billy Joe Shaver is gonna live forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Cd April 20, 2014
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This is a great CD, didn't know a ton about him before I bought it, just that he had pretty much written all of Waylon Jennings' Honky Tonk Heroes record. That was enough for me and I loved it after I got it, The only complaint I had was that the version of "Live Forever" on this CD was with Big and Rich and I don't really care for them that much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product May 17, 2013
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My husband loves this CD. He has enjoyed every song on this particiular CD. Great product for the price - perfect gift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars love it January 4, 2013
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Love his music, but he has a ton of albums and this one has all his hits.
several live cuts make this one very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IMPRESSIVE AND HEARTFELT October 16, 2012
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While he may not have the greatest singing voice you've ever heard, the saying that "no one can sing a song like the one who wrote it" certainly applies here. Billy Joe has that kind of rough-hewn, seen a lot of honky-tonks sound that is extraordinarily effective and so very entertaining. It's kinda like he asked if he could come over to your place and sing some of his songs for you...laid back and fun. If you are a fan of singer/songwriters (of any genre) this should, rather needs a place in your music library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They are not making singers like this anymore September 6, 2014
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They are not making singers like this anymore. I love to hear those old country/western voices. Every song conjures up memories of "the good old days".
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Colossal!! June 24, 2013
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What's not to like? This is BILLY JOE SHAVER and his greatest hits! All his big songs are here and I love hearing them sung by the writer himself. This is a humble and honest man who tells the good and the bad without self-pity or glorification. This album is a must.
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