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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  2. Georgia On a Fast TrainBilly Joe Shaver 4:05$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Freedom's ChildBilly Joe Shaver 3:47$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Try and Try AgainBilly Joe Shaver 3:38$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Old Chunk of CoalBilly Joe Shaver 2:36$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Step On UpBilly Joe Shaver, Eddy Shaver 3:36$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Honky Tonk HeroesBilly Joe Shaver 2:54$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Hottest Thing In TownBilly Joe Shaver 3:44$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  9. That's What She Said Last NightBilly Joe Shaver 3:50$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen10. When Fallen Angels FlyBilly Joe Shaver 3:45$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Couldn't Be Me Without YouBilly Joe Shaver 4:11$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen12. Black RoseBilly Joe Shaver 2:19$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen13. Light a Candle For MeBilly Joe Shaver 2:57$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ride Me Down EasyBilly Joe Shaver 4:47$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen15. MelodyBilly Joe Shaver 2:29$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen16. Old Five and DimersBilly Joe Shaver 2:37$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen17. You Asked Me ToBilly Joe Shaver 2:27$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen18. Live ForeverBilly Joe Shaver, Big & Rich 4:22$0.69  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: #64,565 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

Customer Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by fred hillman
5.0 out of 5 stars They are not making singers like this anymore
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".
Published 1 month ago by Silverthorne Sioux
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 months ago by skidd
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Cd
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Roger_ek
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Colossal!!
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
My husband loves this CD. He has enjoyed every song on this particiular CD. Great product for the price - perfect gift.
Published 17 months ago by 1oldcat
4.0 out of 5 stars love it
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.
Published 21 months ago by Jon Honsey
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. Read more
Published on October 16, 2012 by JIMMYBILL
5.0 out of 5 stars Thee Very best there is
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. Read more
Published on January 13, 2012 by Bill Cortright
5.0 out of 5 stars billy Joe Shaver
He was listening to "Billy Joe Shaver, Reading James Joyce". Bob Dylan that is and that is why I bought this for my boyfriend. Read more
Published on September 15, 2010 by PJR
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