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Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years Box set


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  • Audio CD (November 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00006WL2D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Honky Tonk Man
2. Guitars, Cadillacs
3. It Won't Hurt
4. Miner's Prayer
5. Little Sister
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Carmelita - Flaco Jimenez
2. Suspicious Minds (Live)
3. Doin' What I Did
4. Hey Little Girl
5. Ain't That Lonely Yet
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Sittin' Pretty
2. Same Fool
3. Things Change
4. These Arms
5. A Long Way Home
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. This Drinkin' Will Kill Me
2. It Won't Hurt
3. I'll Be Gone
4. Floyd County
5. You're The One
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Though Dwight Yoakam casts himself as the classic outsider, no contemporary country artist has been able to achieve more mainstream success while retaining more alternative credibility. This four-disc set (including more than an entire disc of previously unreleased material) documents the uniqueness of Yoakam's musical legacy, as he combines a core commitment to the hard twang of honky-tonk--in breakthrough hits such as "Guitars, Cadillacs" and the Buck Owens duet "Streets of Bakersfield--with a stylistic expansiveness that knows no limits. In addition to his underrated strength as a songwriter, no other country artist could extend himself from Queen ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love") to Cheap Trick ("I Want You to Want Me") to the Clash ("Train in Vain"), while paying the obligatory tributes to Elvis Presley, George Jones, and Merle Haggard. The three new recordings may be inconsequential (a shuffle rendition of "Mercury Blues" holds the most interest), but the archive of previously unreleased material includes a 10-song demo from 1981 (before Yoakam's pivotal pairing with guitarist/producer/bandleader Pete Anderson), two duets with Kelly Willis, and the eight live performances that conclude the set. --Don McLeese

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From his '86 multiplatinum debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. through '01s South Of Heaven, West Of Hell, this expansive 4-CD boxed set culls material from Yoakam's entire Warner Bros. career. Presents 87 tracks circa 1981-2002, encompassing singles, album, cuts, previously unissued material, rarities, and soundtrack selections.

Contains 3 brand new recordings (exclusively available to this set): "Sittin' Pretty," "Louisville," and "Mercury Blues."

Includes a full disc comprised of nothing but previously unreleased material, including rare early demos from 1981, and live gems from various venues spanning nearly a decade, including renditions of "Truckin'," and "Mystery Train."

Also features Yoakam's contributions to tribute albums honoring Kinky Friedman, Merle Haggard, Bob Willis & The Texas Playboys, and ZZ Top.

Includes guest appearances by Buck Owens, Kelly Willis, Asleep At The Wheel, Patty Loveless, Bekka Bramlett, Flaco Jimenez, and Sheryl Crow.

Deluxe booklet features rare photos and tributes from Yoakam devotees including Dennis Hopper, Billy Gibbons, Dave Alvin, and Buck Owens.

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It is worth buying it just for that one song.
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The fourth disc is a stunner, featuring demos taken from 1981 that sound as good as if not better than the final studio versions.
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Dwight Yoakam will go down as one of the true great exponents of country music.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This 87-track collection from the artist who single-handedly kept alive the spirit of honky tonk music has something for everyone. For those who only know Dwight Yoakam from his radio hits--they're all here from 1986's "Honky Tonk Man" through 2000's "What Do You Know About Love."
For the serious fan, you get his one-off tracks like "Carmelita" (from Flaco Jimenez's album PARTNERS), "Holding Things Together" (from the Merle Haggard tribute album), "Rapid City, South Dakota" (from the Kinky Friedman tribute album), "New San Antonio Rose" (from Asleep at the Wheel's tribute album to Bob Wills) and "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" (from this year's ZZ Top tribute album). The only songs missing are "Suspicious Minds" from the Honemoon in Vegas soundtrack and "Truckin'" from the Grateful Dead tribute album. [They are, however, both included on disc 4 in live versions.] You also get two tracks ("Doin' What I Did" and "Hey Little Girl") that previously were available only on Reprise's international collection LA CROIX D'AMOUR. In addition there are four new recordings: "Louisville," "Sittin' Pretty," "Mercury Blues" and a solo reworking of "Sin City," which first appeared as a duet with k.d. lang on JUST LOOKIN' FOR A HIT.
Disc 4 is ALL PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MATERIAL!!! Tracks 1-10 are from Yoakam's 1981 demo recordings. Except for "Please Daddy," they would all show up in slightly different form on his first four studio albums. After hearing these demos, it's amazing it took five years for Yoakam to get a recording contract. Tracks 11 and 12 are superb duets with Kelly Willis.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on November 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In his time at Reprise, Dwight Yoakam made a fascinating round trip. His earliest albums, as excerpted on disc one of this four-disc masterpiece, revitalized the commercial fortunes of hardcore honky-tonk music. Though he tipped his cowboy hat (and syrupy twang of a voice) in a decidedly backward direction, his music, created with ace guitarist and producer Pete Anderson, never felt particularly retro. Though he owed a big debt to Buck Owens, and others of his era, Yoakam's music was never a carbon copy, and as it progressed, it began to meld non-country influences, including jazz and Beatle-esque pop, with his foundational honky-tonk Bakersfield sound.
Some of the earlier experiments felt heavy handed (and some of the sidetracks, such as the "Covers" album, contained some out-and-out duds), but by the time "A Long Way Home" rolled around in 1998, the balance Yoakam and Anderson struck was, simply, incredible. Yoakam ended his tenure at Reprise with a string of interesting experiments, including the nearly all-acoustic visit to his own songwriting catalog, "dwightyoakamacoustic.net," a film soundtrack ("South of Heaven, West of Hell"), and the full-circle return to his roots, "Tomorrow's Sounds Today."
This four-disc set is stuffed with highlights from most of Yoakam's studio albums (his 1997 Christmas album is passed by), and provides previously unreleased live tracks in lieu of selections from his 1995 live LP.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Clark Paull on February 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
At the risk of making this review sound like the Rhino Records Appreciation Society, is there anything this company can't do when it comes to the world of re-issues, compendiums, and best-ofs? There's nothing really fancy or gimmicky about this Dwight Yoakam box - no hard-to-store novelty packaging, no DVD's, and no gristle. The first three discs draw the cream of the crop from Yoakam's studio releases, his guest appearances on the albums of others (including a surprise take on Syndicate Of Sound's "Hey Little Girl"), and three brand new recordings, while the fourth disc is comprised entirely of previously unreleased studio and live material, including demos cut in 1981 before earning his first recording contract. The three new cuts, "Louisville," "Sittin' Pretty," and "Mercury Blues," all carry the magic imprint of Yoakam's secret weapon - producer, arranger, and lead guitarist Pete Anderson - whose signature twang is every bit a part of Yoakam's sound as Dwight's own hiccuping, hillbilly croon. Throw in a booklet full of photos, testimonials and classy liner notes by Holly George-Warren and you've got another no brainer courtesy of the compilation geniuses at Rhino.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2002
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If it wasn't for Dwight Yoakam I would have given up on Country music a long time ago. Dwight is one of the only connections we have to the great country artists like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzel and Buck Owens. Dwight Yoakam continues to make great country music despite what is being recorded as country music today. With the exception of a few artists like the Mavericks, we have to look at what is being titled as "Alternative Country" to find the future of this art.
This box set is amazing! It truly defines Dwight Yoakam and country music...
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