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Very Best of Dwight Yoakam [CD]

Dwight YoakamAudio CD
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Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam. Perhaps that is because so few have consistently and repeatedly met the high standard of excellence delivered by the Kentucky native no matter what his endeavor. His name immediately conjures up compelling, provocative images: A pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low; poured-on blue jeans; intricate, catchy melodies paired ... Read more in Amazon's Dwight Yoakam Store

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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00028HOP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Honky Tonk Man
2. Guitars, Cadillacs
3. Little Sister
4. Little Ways
5. Please, Please Baby
6. Streets Of Bakersfield - Buck Owens
7. I Sang Dixie
8. Long White Cadillac
9. Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
10. You're The One
11. Suspicious Minds
12. It Only Hurts When I Cry
13. Ain't That Lonely Yet
14. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
15. Fast As You
16. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
17. I Want You To Want Me
18. Things Change
19. The Late Great Golden State
20. The Back Of Your Hand

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"Your stuff is so hard, they're gonna think it's rock 'n' roll," a friend once told Dwight Yoakam. Twisting strains of Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Gram Parsons into a stripped-down sound wholly his own, Yoakam is one of music's true mavericks, and his body of work is one of the most innovative in all of country. Rooted in the purest country traditions, and wrapped in raw rock 'n' roll attitude, Yoakam's art rivets fans of both genres and remains as utterly original today as when it started burning up the charts in the '80s.

Moving to Los Angeles after an unproductive stint in Nashville, Kentucky-born Dwight Yoakam made a name for himself by reviving the more robust honky-tonk traditions of the Bakersfield Sound--a bold contrast with Music City's assembly-line approach. In 1984, his independently released six-song EP, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., added to the buzz and helped land him on Warner Bros./Reprise. Now, twenty years later comes The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam, a superb single-disc distillation of the four-CD box, Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years. With 20 tracks spanning his recording career and sequenced in chronological order, the set rolls along with gusto and verve. While not covering every one of his releases (the Christmas and covers releases are omitted, for example), there are some singles and soundtrack entries that fall nicely into place. --David Greenberger

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Single Disc Collection November 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Dwight Yoakam is the reason I'm not embarrased to say I like country music. When he broke onto the national scene with his debut album GUITARS, CADILLACS, ETC., ETC., he gave the country music establishment a much needed kick in the butt. This twenty track collection hits most of the highlights of Yoakam's nearly two decades as a performer. Starting with the Johnny Horton cover of "Honky Tonk Man" from his debut through two tracks from his 2003 release POPULATION: ME, Yoakam has had a major impact on country music. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Rhino's 2002 box set REPRISE PLEASE BABY, this is a winner from beginning to end. The only disappointment is that with a running time of just under 70 minutes, they could have added the only two top 10 singles missing from this set: "Always Late With Your Kisses (from 1987's HILLBILLY DELUXE) and "I Got You" (from 1988's BUENAS NOCHES FROM A LONELY ROOM). VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED [2012 addendum: The mp3 download version of this album has different cover art and eliminates the final two tracks from the 2003 album POPULATION ME, making this an all-Warner Bros. collection.]
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected Gem ! August 11, 2005
By Dexbet
Format:Audio CD
Recently the music industry has begun to release greatest hits CD's with, well, the greatest hits for a change. And usually filling up a CD. So I have been back filling my CD collection with CD's of artists and bands from the 80's and 90's that I have followed in the press, but not purchased their music. This CD is awesome. I cannot think of a time that I have purchased a CD that I have enjoyed every song. The musicianship on Dwight's recordings is Very, Very good as is the material. And Dwight himself is exceptional. I would recommend this CD to any Rock, Pop, or country fan that has not heard Dwight Yoakam. I cannot decide whether to get the box set, or just get each original Cd.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very BEST of Dwight Yoakam~ March 2, 2006
By Yolanda
Format:Audio CD
For sure a must have, and then get all the other great ones that preceded and came after. So many touching and beautiful and unique words that You cant help but fall in love with the song writing and expertise that goes into every detail.

Concert faves are abundant on this cd, I highly recommend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam" December 12, 2004
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a wonderful collection of Dwight Yoakam's biggest hits, spanning from 1986's "Honky Tonk Man" and "Guitars, Cadillacs" to 2003's "Late Great Golden State" and "Back of Your Hand." Dwight never fails to entertain. His unique twangy voice, poignant writing skills, and exceptional approach to country music makes him one of the best artists of any genre. Unfortunately, mainstream country music fails to give him the recognition he deserves. Regardless, this CD is a great way for anyone who's unfamilair with his music to get acquainted with it.

As with any compilation album, certain great songs had to be left out. I would've loved to see songs like "Nothing" (my personal Yoakam favorite), "The Heart That You Own", "Always Late (With Your Kisses)", and "Nothing's Changed Here" included. Nonetheless, this CD strongly represents Dwight's exceptional music: ever changing, but always true to it's roots.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection of honky tonkin' classics November 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This jam-packed single disc moves from highlight to highlight of Dwight Yoakam's career thus far, with no weak spots. It's a great mix of tunes that instantly conjures up loud and beery honky tonks, sizzling neon lights, and lonesome dusty roads. Yoakam fuses the best of his Kentucky roots with some cookin' California swing that recalls a fast ride down Route 66 through the heartland of America. Dwight's voice is a potent blend of Roy Orbison, Michael Stipe, Buck Owens, and Raul Malo, and the accompanying instrumentation is appropriately twangy and sublime. While it would be impossible to collect *all* of Dwight's great songs in one place, this collection is about as good as it will ever get. Timeless classics such as "Guitars, Cadillacs," "Little Sister," "Little Ways," "Streets of Bakersfield," "Thousand Miles from Nowhere," and "Fast as You" sit snugly beside great takes of "Suspicious Minds," "I Want You to Want Me," and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." Some of these songs may break your heart, but all of them will make your toes tap, your knees wobble, and your hips shake.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hat Trick not a Hat Act! May 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Dwight Yoakam & his incredible band played Baltimore live last night for the first time in many, many years starting off in high gear, went to overdrive then turned on the after burners driving fans into a Fender Telcaster/Honkytonk Heaven frenzy. He played his entire greatest hits playlist off this CD & many more. He's so hip, so ultra cool, so alternative country & so unNashville. Plus he's young alive & still playing on planet earth. Highly recommend this CD plus Dwight's Used Records CD. Look for Dwight's brand new CD coming out probably in June 2005!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far the most complete 1 disc collection of Dwight September 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'll second the opinion that this is a great disc for those who are either new to Dwight, or are looking to own just one disc. It certainly has most of his best stuff on it. Although sadly missing are tracks from Gone (Sorry You Asked, Nothing, etc) and from his covers albums. But overall, "The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam" seems to be a fitting title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All his best stuff August 12, 2008
By Robusto
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not that much into C&W despite living in Texas for over 30 years. To me, most of these acts all sound (and look) the same. Dwight Yoakam really is different. Good songwriter, unique style and takes his que from performers like Buck Owens who paved the way for him. Lots of good cuts on here: "a Thousand Miles from Nowhere", a great cover of Elvis' "Suspicious Minds" Well worth the money.
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