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Ultimate Collection

Jerry Jeff WalkerAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Gypsy Songman 2:27Album Only
listen  2. Mr. Bojangles 3:55Album Only
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listen  4. L.A. Freeway (Live In New York/1972) 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hairy Ass Hillbillies (Live In New York/1972) 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Gettin' By (Live In Luckenbach, TX/1973) 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Desperados Waiting For The Train (Live In Luckenbach, TX/1973) 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sangria Wine (Live In Luckenbach, TX/1973) 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Up Against The Wall, Red Neck (Live In Luckenbach, TX/1973) 4:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Pot Can't Call The Kettle Black 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Like A Coat From The Cold 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mississippi You're On My Mind 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Pissin' In The Wind 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. It's A Good Night For Singing 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Old Five And Dimers Like Me 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Leavin' Texas 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Railroad Lady (Live At The Dance Hall, Luckenbach, TX/1977) 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Tryin' To Hold The Wind Up With A Sail 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Lone Wolf 3:36Album Only
listen20. I Ain't Living Long Like This 3:06Album Only


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B00005NHLX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The first multi-label Jerry Jeff Walker collection, covering his Atco, Decca, MCA and Elektra years! Includes Mr. Bojangles; Sangria Wine; Hairy Ass Hillbillies; Getting By; Railroad Lady; L.A. Freeway; Desperadoes Waiting for a Train; Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother; I Ain't Livin' Long Like This; Old Five and Dimers Like Me , and more. Jerry Jeff chips in a few choice comments for the notes, too!

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars no...not the ultimate...but still pretty darn good... February 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
First off let me say, I loves Jerry Jeff. Buy anything and everything I find, tho I don't own it all, someday I'spect I will. While this is a good start, all of us die-hard double J.W. fans know there is a box set a-comin' down the trail someday, and that I hope is the 'ultimate collection' that will include his best from ALL his labels. Which should amount to at least a 4 to 6 cd set... Of course, the box set won't satisfy everyone,but, very few box sets do. As far as this set goes, clocking in at over 77 minutes,it is a good intro to Jerry Jeff, but having to leave off such great songs as "DRIFTIN' WAY OF LIFE", "RAMBLIN',SCRAMBLIN',"GOT LUCKY LAST NIGHT", "HILL COUNTRY RAIN", "NAVAJO RUG" and one of Jerry Jeff's best, most solemn ballads, "BLUE MOOD", plus another dozen or so fitting tunes, this would of made a great double cd collection that would of possibly merited the "ultimate" label.Still, for the uninitiated, it's the best collection out right now, and... it is Jerry Jeff! 'Nuff said.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a very good representation of Austin's and Jerry Jeff Walker's Cosmic Cowboy years.

In the 1970s the new, amazing music coming out of Austin had the national music columnists looking for the words to describe it..."Progressive Country", "Cosmic Cowboy", "Redneck Rock", "Country Rock", or simply "Austin Music". This music could be experienced at Armadillo World Headquarters or dozens of music venues in and around Austin.

The definitive albums of progressive country rock---the CLASSIC "Jerry Jeff Walker" (his first Austin album, recorded live in the studio, and YET to be released on CD), "Viva Terlingua" (recorded live in the dance hall of Luckenbach, Texas), "Walker's Collectibles", "Ridin' High", "It's A Good Night For Singin'", "A Man Must Carry On" (which won a Grammy nomination for a live version of "Mr Bojangles"), etc---well-represent what was going on in Austin in those years.

As much as anyone, Jerry Jeff Walker and The Lost Gonzo Band created the progressive country rock coming out of Austin in the 70s. The primary Lost Gonzo Band included Bob Livingston, John Inmon, Gary P. Nunn, Donny Dolan, Kelly Dunn, Tomas Rameriz, and sometimes Jimmy Baker. (On "Viva Terlingua" the band also included Craig Hillis, Michael McGeary, Herb Steiner, Mary Egan, Mickey Raipheld, and Joanne Vent.)

The Lost Gonzo Band opened for Jerry Jeff Walker in the first season of Austin City Limits, with an incredible set of songs, one flowing into the next. Then they backed Walker for one of the most spontaneous and improvised Austin City Limits ever.

In the notes for "A Man Must Carry On" Walker wrote, "We started this album after 'Viva Terlingua'. It led us through over two years of recording and eighty-five boxes of tape." As Imagineer Hondo Crouch would say, one can only imagine what good music could be culled from all those tapes, to make a truly "Ultimate" collection.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Yankee In Sam Houston's Court April 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What is it about Texas? Some of the best artists in the land(any genre) seem to have come out of Texas or have been heavily influenced by it. Such is the case with Jerry Jeff Walker. Raised in New York State, you'd think that the influence of Texas twang would be far away from his ears, but it called out to him. The call of the Crescent City wasn't too far behind either, for New Orleans, LA has put out an A-list of performers comparable to that of the entire state of Texas, and Walker found himself living there for awhile also.

Nowadays, it's not unusual to see a Jerry Jeff Walker sticker plastered on the back of a beat-up Ford with Texas plates. His influence has been felt far and wide, but he has still managed to stay rather low key and regional when compared to other artists/songwriters of his stature.

"Ultimate Collection" does well to serve up a taste of Jerry Jeff Walker. From the amazing "Mr. Bojangles" to "Sangria Wine" and the fun "Hairy Ass Hillbillies," many of Walker's best self-penned tunes are here. His talent is also shown on songs from folks like Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Ray Wiley Hubbard, and Billy Joe Shaver, among others. He makes their songs his own.

Personal favorites in this collection include "I Ain't Livin' Long Like This," "Up Against The Wall Redneck," "Leavin' Texas," and "Like A Coat From The Cold." Other good selections include "Desperados Waiting For A Train," which can also be heard on the Cash/Kristofferson/Jennings/Nelson "Highwayman" album, and "Pissin' In The Wind."

This entire album is solid, and none of these songs come across as filler. Though many complain that some of Walker's other hits have been left off of here, this is a sufficient album for new listeners and old-timers as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best compilation so far, sound is excellent! January 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you are buying just one Jerry Jeff, this is the one to get. All of Hip-O's releases have excellent remastered sound. They take the trouble to compile songs even when different labels are involved. Hats off to ya, Hip-O. Some other good Hip-O compilations: Marc Bolan (T Rex), Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton. Check em out....and get on and off the LA Freeway with Jerry Jeff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Popular Appeal November 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Ultimate Collection is the most comprehensive anthology yet assembled for Jerry Jeff Walker, with tracks spanning the late '60s through the late '70s. "Mr. Bojangles" is here with other crowd pleasers like "Pissin' in the Wind," and "Up Against the Wall Redneck." There's the problem. Ultimate Collection focuses on his rambunctious songs and skips some of his early poetry. In addition, even though all but one of his hits from the '70s is included, none of his '80s hits are. Ultimate Collection is an imperfect survey of Jerry Jeff Walker's music, but it still will have plenty popular appeal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JERRY JEFF WALKER WINNER ALL OF THE WAY
NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I PLAY JERRY JEFF WALKER, it is never enough. I have to admit I like to "revisit" my youth and with all of the wonderful memories ONLY his... Read more
Published 5 days ago by val
5.0 out of 5 stars Named Ultimate Collection For A Reason!
One Of Jerry Jeff's absolute best. The selections on this album are priceless! This one comes VERY highly recommended and is one you MUST have!
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Holsinger
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I thought I would like Jerry Jeff's music based on other people's recommendations but I do not. This seems like a fins collection of songs, but it's not for me.
Published 1 month ago by Freedom Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars He Doesn't Disappoint
This is the best compilation I've heard in a long time. Usually there are songs on a comp disk that you'd rather not hear. On this disc, the songs get repeated! I love it!
Published 1 month ago by Pati Beardsley
2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate?
Depends on your definition of ultimate. I'm a JJW fan and this one goes on a bit too long. There are several good songs and several more that aren't worth listening to.
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Drews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music Collection
If you like Jerry Jeff Walker, this is a must have. It's perfect for when you just feel like chillin out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TheWaterSkiier
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Jeff Rocks !!!!!!!!!!
I have always been a big Jerry Jeff fan being from Texas myself and having seen him play live @ a New Years Eve show in New Mexico. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ray Stanford III
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Album, Lots of Good Songs
For the price, this gives an excellent selection of Jerry Jeff songs. Well-worth it. I did not have this album on vinyl, but I had many of the songs on it on vinyl on other... Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Best JJW Compilation...with two problems
So far, to date, this is the best Jerry Jeff compilation out there, as others have already noted. If you buy this AND the other MCA compilation, GREAT GONZOS, then mix 'em... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Houston VanHorn
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
love the music, the voice, the attitude, the sense of humor and perspective. this is a terrific collection of his music
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