Most helpful critical review
Not his best material, but still worth a listen
on December 7, 2013
I'm only giving this collection 3 stars, mainly because I don't think the material on here is as good as Jerry Jeff's earlier albums from the early to mid 1970s. This "Best Of" collection is culled from only two late 70s albums he recorded for Elektra. I wasn't as familiar with this period of Jerry Jeff's career, so many of these songs were new to me.
While I'm not totally crazy about this CD, it's far from a bad bunch of songs. Any album with great tunes such as "Hands On The Wheel", "Comfort And Crazy." and the classic "I Ain't Living Long Like This" is well worth a listen. Even the weaker ones still boast that irrepressible spirit and zest for life that makes listening to Jerry Jeff Walker so enjoyable. But again, compared to the stuff he recorded earlier in the decade, I don't think the other songs on this CD are as strong or memorable.
If you are new to Jerry Jeff Walker's music, pick up one of the compilations from his MCA period, or a great live recording such as "Viva Terlingua." I think those would be better introduction to the infectious music of this great artist more so than this compilation.