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When the Southern singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester passed away in April 2014, a few weeks shy of his 70th birthday, he left behind a legacy of distinctively insightful, gentle, frequently humorous country/folk songs about everyday people and their lives that became hits for other performers while he painstakingly crafted new classics to share.

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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: February 28, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino (Pure)
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000032AN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. TELL ME WHY YOU LIKE ROOSEVELT
2. MISSISSIPPI, YOU'RE ON MY MIND
3. YANKEE LADY
4. THE BRAND NEW TENNESSEE WALTZ
5. BILOXI
6. TALK MEMPHIS
7. BOWLING GREEN
8. DO IT
9. DEFYING GRAVITY
10. SAY WHAT
11. I'M LOOKING FOR A MIRACLE
12. DO LA LAY
13. SKIP ROPE SONG
14. EVERYBODY KNOWS BUT ME
15. RHUMBA MAN
16. A SHOWMAN'S LIFE
17. DANGEROUS FUN
18. ALL OF YOUR STORIES

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The soul of this very soulful individual is all the more remarkable without studio embellishments.
R. J MOSS
His songs have been covered by dozens of other artists --- all of them aware of how talented Winchester is --- but the versions by Jesse himself are very, very good.
Donald E. Gilliland
Mellow, non violent, makes you think about life and the good side of it - he's still making me feel good.
Patty Roya

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David Kinney on April 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Okay folk/country/rock fans, let's try a blindfold test on our friends. Play them "Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt", and have them guess who the singer is. Most of my victims guess Lyle Lovett, and they don't believe they're wrong until I show them this CD. That only goes to prove that Lyle Lovett had discerning taste when he was younger and that Tennessee born Jesse Winchester was a highly influential presence in the wings of the 70's music scene. He's most familiar to listeners via the many cover versions of his songs like 'Biloxi', Rhumba Man',and 'Brand New Tennessee Waltz"'all done while he was enjoying Canadian hospitality as a result of a disagreement with the draft board in the late 60's and early 70's.The inability to tour the U.S. during this period cost him many potential fans and helps to explain his near anonymity today. This CD is a great way to catch up with this gifted singer songwriter. Any transplanted southerner can easily become homesick hearing "Mississippi You're On My Mind', or "Yankee Lady", I know I'm prone to fits of melancholia listening to them. But he's witty, and not without a sense of down home humor too, so the total package works out fine. If you like this sampler then you'll want to go into his available back catalogue for more hidden delights. He's touring again too and puts on a great live show. Just ask Lyle Lovett next time you see him.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a satisfying and well-chosen representation of Jesse Winchester's music. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Winchester's work, this CD contains some of his very best . An artist of diverse sounds and styles, it is impossible to pigeonhole his music. He is equally comfortable in and well-suited for the hauntingly pure simplicity of a folk song such as Yankee Lady, the lilting country refrain of Brand New Tennessee Waltz, the spiritual inspired Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt, and the jazzy little Say What. Like most of Jesse Winchester's music, I find the songs on this album to be uncomplicated and forthright, yet they ring so true and give such a beautiful voice to that reality that I am frequently put in mind of either lyrics or melodies from one or another of these selections. Do yourself a favor...buy this one.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Terry Saundry on June 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A few years ago all of Jesse Winchester's albums were reissuedon CD.... If you are unable to find such classics as "Jesse Winchester", "Third Down, 110 To Go" and "Learn To Love It", then by all means get "The Best Of...".
If you crave an intelligent, mature, cliche-free, direct, economical and very human singer-songwriter, then Jesse is your man. Oh, and he has a voice to kill for.
On second thoughts, you'd better *not* buy this - it'll only make you wish you had all his albums!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Frost on April 16, 2002
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I ordered this c.d. recently after istening to Jesse for over 20 years, and you won't be disappointed! Jesse is the most unique singer/songwriter I have ever known, and his songs, both lyrically and musically, will stay with you! Buy ALL of his c.d.'s - you will find really special music on each.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. J MOSS on March 9, 2005
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Well, it's not far short of a 'Best Of', if song selection is the sole criterion. But if soul criterion is the basis, then I'd pump for,'Live at the Mountain Stage', as per my remarks listed there. The soul of this very soulful individual is all the more remarkable without studio embellishments. And, as stated before, I'm a sucker for that old, eery 'Black Dog'song from the first Winchester album and would have included it on this anthology. Nevertheless, this gets a lot of airtime at our home, as my 17 year old, who grew up on a solid diet of Jesse's lullabyes from cradle times, can't seem to do without it for over long. 'Biloxi' was the first thing I played her on guitar. 'Do It','Defying Gravity', 'Do La Lay','Skip Rope Song', this guy's repetoir should be as embedded in the musical consciousness of America as Stephen Foster.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry from Brooklyn on January 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes you wonder just who programs these things, even at Rhino. I've been a fan since "Yankee Lady", but the second most haunting and beautiful thing he ever did was on Learn to Love It in the the song "L'Air de Louisianne" (sorry, my spelling). Now, where is that on this disk?

Anyway, without it, only four stars.

Larry from Brooklyn
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. J. MOSS on August 26, 2004
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Well, it's not far short of a 'Best Of', if song selection is the sole criterion, as per usual. But if soul criterion is the basis, then I'd go for 'Live at the Mountain Stage', as per my remarks listed there.The soul of this very soulful individual is all the more remarkable without studio embellishments.And, as stated before,I'm a sucker for that old, eery 'Black Dog'song from that first Winchester album and would have included it on this anthology. Nevertheless, this gets a lot of airtime at our home, as my 16 year old grew up with Jesse's lullabyes from cradle times, and can't seem to do without it for over long. 'Biloxi' was the first thing I played her on guitar.'Do It','Defying Gravity','Do La Lay','Skip Rope Song', this guy's repetoire should be as embedded in the musical consciousness of America as Stephen Foster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 22, 2012
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Jesse Winchester remains a criminally underrated singer-songwriter. His songs have been covered by dozens of other artists --- all of them aware of how talented Winchester is --- but the versions by Jesse himself are very, very good. Smooth, smoky voice wrapped around well-crafted songs, some funny, some clever, some tenderly lovely. This guy is a top-notch tunesmith. Time to discover a guy who deserves a wider audience, and this "Best Of" collection is a very good starting point.
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