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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Having been a Tried and True Warrior (JJW Fan Club Member) for 12+ years, I have had the opportunity to collect everything he has ever put out. This collection brings together some of the "lost treasures" that until now could only be found at a specialty store... on vinyl. Walker is one of the few who can move from one extreme to the other without losing touch with the listener. The tempo builds through Her Good Loving Grace, then gently slips to the irreverance of Northeast Texas Women before settling into Comfort and Crazy (one of the most beautiful love songs ever written), and culminates with a rousing rendition of Ain't Livin Long Like This. This collection tugs at the heart and raps on the funnybone while keeping a straight face. THAT is what music should be about.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The songs included on "Lone Wolf" were compiled from two of Jerry Jeff Walker's late 1970's Elektra albums, "Jerry Jeff (Red, White & Blue Album)" and "Too Old To Change." Most people associate Walker with his bawdy "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers" and wistful "Mr. Bojangles." These Elektra songs are less well known but express a great range of emotion and reveal Walker's exceptional ability to embrace a variety of musical styles and make them his own.
Songwriter Mike Reid's elegaic "Eastern Avenue River Railway Blues" is rendered by Walker with a sense of mystery, sadness and dark-thirty humor, using a beautifully recorded piano line as its backbone, and showing off some pretty sexy sax; Rodney Crowell's rocking ode to self destruction, "I Ain't Livin' Long Like This," seems to have been written for Bobby Rambo's howling guitar and Walker's gutteral, growling, incoherent vocals -- which! are also displayed in force on the title track "Lone Wolf," the macho strut of "Bad News," and the somewhat crass, dated and simplistic "Boogie Mama." Country fans will enjoy the easy swing of "Northeast Texas Women," while "Her Good Lovin' Grace" is delivered with a bit of Caribbean spice. Many people have recorded Billy Callery's "Hands On the Wheel," including Willie Nelson, but none have ever matched Walker's sadness and loneliness as he renders the heartbreaking lyrics against the sparse musical canvas of a thumb-strummed electric.
Other songs successfully demonstrate Walker's ability to croon a sweet love song ("Comfort and Crazy"), goof off and try to shock like a silly kid ("I'm Not Strange"), or dream of distant lands ("Mountains of Mexico") in a gentle way. Without a doubt, the most exceptional accomplishment on this CD is Walker's stunning paean to aging without grace, &qu! ot;Too Old To Change."
It's a shame that Elektra has! n't released Walker's work on CD, for it's some of his best -- but at least these glimpses into the hearts of those two fine pieces of work are finally available for Walker's fans -- and the curious newcomers alike.
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on December 7, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
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.
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on June 23, 2012
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This is OK, but nothing new, as usual. I have been a JJ fan for 40+ years, but it's really difficult to spend money on his stuff when there is so little new material. I guess as he mellowed, his creative juices dwindled. This is all stuff that's been out there but is worthwhile if you don't have much of his stuff.
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on September 20, 2011
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As a big Jerry Jeff fan I've listened to all of his work. This isn't his best, but it's darn good. Worth adding to your JJ collection!
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If your into melodic views of the street life followed by drunkin maniac tangients,followed by two fools in love, than this is the album for you. This album, cleary demonstrates the four sides of Jerry Jeff.From the lovely and lucent comfort and crazy to the wired maniac saga of Lone wolf.Jeckle and hide would be proud.There's also social comentary on eastern avenue railway.The stuperous too old to change is hillariuos."Sometimes I look over my shoulder and smile a what they said about me,You betya!"This album has a lot of those suggestions about the state he was in at that time, but it can be morbidly entertaining when your in a goofy mood.Jerry jeff's graveld vocals give the Perfect adornment to the Drunken, madman, hell bent, ain't living long like this. you wonder if the police are actully about to come bustin in your house.Only jerry jeff could make you start hallucinating from the music alone.
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