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5.0 out of 5 stars Legacy Recordings Celebrates Waylon Jennings' 70th Birthday!, 13 July 2007
Arriving in stores on July 24th, 2007, on RLG Nashville/Legacy, is THE ESSENTIAL WAYLON JENNINGS, a 42-song two-CD collection co-produced by Waylon's son, Shooter, that spans his career from 1964 to 1987, among them a dozen #1 Country hits and another 14 that reached the Top 10.

With the exception of the opening track ("Big Mamou," recorded at JD's night club in Phoenix) and closing track ("Rose In Paradise," his final #1 single, on MCA), the balance of the 40 songs celebrate Waylon's two decades on RCA Victor Records - one of the longest (and stormiest), most productive (and most combative), most gratifying (and most often frustrating), and most talked-about partnerships in Country music history.

With his extraordinary litany of signature cuts - among them Gordon Lightfoot's "(That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me" (learned from Ian & Sylvia), "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line," Kristofferson and Shel Silverstein's "The Taker" and Kris' "Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)," Lee Clayton's "Ladies Love Outlaws," Steve Young's "Lonesome, On'ry And Mean," Willie's " Pretend I Never Happened," Donnie Fritts and Troy Seals' "We Had It All," Billy Joe Shaver's "Honky Tonk Heroes," "This Time," "I'm A Ramblin' Man," "Amanda," "Good Hearted Woman" and "Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)" and "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" (all three with Willie Nelson), Neil Young's "Are You Ready For The Country," Rodney Crowell's "I Ain't Living Long Like This," and many others - Waylon's place in American music history is secured forever.

Adding a small sample of Waylon's own list of original compositions - among them "That's The Chance I'll Have To Take," "You Ask Me To" (co-written with Billy Joe Shaver), "This Time," "Rainy Day Woman," "Bob Wills Is Still the King," "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," "Waymore's Blues," "I've Always Been Crazy," "A Long Time Ago" (co-written with Shel Silverstein), "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand," "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)," and "Storms Never Last" (co-written with Jessi Colter) - and THE ESSENTIAL WAYLON JENNINGS earns its title.

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. Chokin' Kind, The
7. Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line
8. Just To Satisfy You
9. Cedartown, Georgia
10. Taker, The
11. Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
12. Sweet Dream Woman
13. Ladies Love Outlaws
14. Lonesome, On'ry And Mean
15. Freedom To Stay
16. Pretend I Never Happened
17. You Can Have Her
18. We Had It All
19. Honky Tonk Heroes
20. You Ask Me To

DISC 2:
1. This Time
2. It's Not Suppose 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
11. Are You Ready For The Country
12. Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)
13. Wurlitzer Prize, The ( I Don't Want To Get Over You)
14. Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
15. I've Always Been Crazy
16. A Long Time Ago
17. Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand
18. I Ain't Living Long Like This
19. Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)
20. Storms Never Last
21. Drinkin' And Dreamin'
22. Rose In Paradise
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Waylon Jennings - Good overview of a long career, 26 Mar 2010
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Waylon Jennings had a long career, in which he made many, many recordings. Trying to condense them into a two disc overview was always going to be tough, but the compilers of this set have done a good job, managing to find room for all the classics and a few really good lesser known gems.

Jennings pretty much defined the `Outlaw' country music movement. He wanted to be a bit different, and had to fight his record company (and producer Chet Atkins) every step of the way to make the kind of music he wanted. With his trademark deep gruff vocals, sense of humour and jaunty guitar work, he recorded track after track of essential country music, any fan of the genre really should own at least one Jennings album.

For anyone looking to get a taste of what the man was about, this is an excellent set, and highly recommended. There is also the 4 disc Nashville Rebel set, for those who want a bit more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, 16 Nov 2009
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Mrs. L. Archer "ORIGINAL1" (SHEFFIELD ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
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This is a must for anyone who like me is a Waylon fan.
Cannot fault it.It's superb & will be played again & again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waylon, 1 Dec 2011
It's everything you would want from an essential collection for an occasional listen all the best stuff on a couple of discs it's good for what k need
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