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  • Audio CD (July 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
  • ASIN: B000RY01VC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Big Mamou
2. That's the Chance I'll Have To Take
3. Stop the World (And Let Me Off)
4. Anita, You're Dreaming
5. (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me
6. The Chokin' Kind
7. Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line
8. Just To Satisfy You
9. Cedartown, Georgia
10. The Talker
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. This Time
2. It's Not Supposed To Be That Way
3. I'm a Ramblin' Man
4. Rainy Day Woman
5. Amanda
6. Bob Wills Is Still the King
7. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
8. Waymore's Blues
9. Dreaming My Dreams With You
10. Good Hearted Woman
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Editorial Reviews

44 of Waylon's best! Tons of #1s: Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love); Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys; Good Hearted Woman (last two with Willie Nelson); Amanda; I've Always Been Crazy; This Time; I'm a Ramblin' Man; Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way , and more.

Customer Reviews

He loves Waylon Jennings, the good ole' boy!
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If you're a true Waylon Jennings fan, I really reccomend this.
Danny C. Mullins
He helped bridge the gap between country and rock.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Looks like ol' Hoss has gotten an upgrade... Personally, I'm still partial to the original "Essential" best-of from 1996 -- it's just so well programmed and compact -- but hey, if they wanna throw a new, 2-CD set our way, with twice as much stuff, that's dandy, too. This collection hews pretty closely to Waylon's RCA glory years, when he recorded immortal outlaw classics like "Are You Ready For The Country," "Just Pretend I Never Happened," "Lonesome, On'ry And Mean," "Wurlitzer Prize" and "Waymore's Blues..." This set doesn't dig as deep or go as far afield as the recent "Nashville Rebel" box... It's a nice, affordable midway point between the two, a strong introduction to one of country music's most charismatic, smoulderingly sexy performers, packed with one great, bluesy tune after another. This is likely to be the standard best-of set for years to come: if you're new to the Waylon Jennings sound, this collection oughtta knock your socks off.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on September 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In the wake of the fifth anniversary of Jennings' passing (and the 70th anniversary of his birth), a number of archival sets have recently hit the shelves. First out was the magnificent four-CD, multi-label spanning "Nashville Rebel" box set. This was quickly followed by a fascinating video compilation under the same title. Now up are a pair of new projects, the triple-disc "Never Say Die: The Final Concert Film" collection and this 42-track two-CD compilation.

As has been pointed out for similar single- and double-disc set, there's just not enough space on a couple of discs to capture every track that every fan feels is essential. nor paint a detailed portrait of Jennings lengthy recording career. The best that can be expected is to hit the highlights and hits, and flesh out some of the shadows with select album cuts. Further, these sets aren't meant to break new ground or provide previously unreleased tidbits for collectors. They're perennials used to renew shelf space and retail interest, giving a legendary catalog a chance at an end-cap at Target or Walmart. This is a meat-and-potatoes overview of Jennings career, focusing heavily on his most productive years at RCA, with a peek at his pre-RCA work ("Big Mamou"), and his last #1 single ("Rose in Paradise") recorded for MCA.

The story arc of this set is familiar to anyone knowledgeable of Jennings' career. Gaining a rock 'n' roll edge as one of Buddy Holly's last Crickets (and narrowly avoiding the plane crash that took his mentor), Jennings developed his style at J.D. Musil's nightclub in Phoenix and recorded his own album for sale at live shows (see Hip-O's "Phase One: The Early Years 1959-1964" for more of this early material).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By O'Hickey on August 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
HOSS...Waylon Jennings was like rolling thunder coming out of Texas in the very early seventies. The original Nashville rebel, doing it his way!!
This collection of songs from the notorious RCA prime years is pure "smokin" BASS-heavy Renegade outlaw Country, that few others to this day could match! With that deep baritone voice & growl, "ole Waylon" could let out a bark that could send the devil packin'!! This set leaves out none of the greats from that day, including several songs that have not been included on previous collections - such as "lonesome, o'nry & mean", and "honky-tonk heroes"! And the song order of these remastered "gems" is un-matched as well. You can't go wrong w/ this set, unless you purchase his boxed-set. I also recommend Waylon's comlete MCA years set as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott on May 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Chances are if you're looking at this listing eager to purchase a Waylon Jennings compilation, you already know the man's music. If you're trying to decide which one to choose from the many out there, look no further. This is hands down the best Waylon collection you'll find. Almost every previous comp has been marred by a combination of poor song selection, shoddy packaging, and worst of all lousy sound quality. This one finally gets it all right.

First and most importantly, the audio quality is superb and beyond compare. Other recent comps have suffered from record industry-killing trends - extreme limiting and dynamic compression. These processes are employed to make the music sound as loud as possible. The problem is that they are commonly overused and produce the ill-effects of reduced dynamic range, natural volume peaks being eliminated, extraneous hiss, and unnatural digital distortion (particulary Waylon's "RCA Country Legends" on Buddha, which should be avoided at all costs, even free). This "Essential" entry, however, is mastered by Vic Anesini, one of the few great mastering engineers in the business. This means there is no pushing the gain past the threshold limit (distortion) and no squashing of the dynamic range (over-limiting), allowing the music to flow naturally as recorded and intended. Since there is no over-processing, additional noise reduction is not needed to mask extra hiss (which often results in a 'swirly', mp3-like sound). So thanks for getting it right yet again, Vic.

The track selection is authoritatively chosen and includes nearly every essential hit, providing a thorough overview of Waylon's heyday at RCA from the mid-'60s to the early '80s, even containing a track apiece of his pre- and post-RCA recordings.
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