Rating Vinyl Version: 85%
I love Waylon Jennings. Out of all of the Country music Outlaws, Waylon Jennings was the best. I managed to see him live at Frederick, Maryland back in the 90’s before he died. That concert was really good too. He played most of these songs on this album.
Unlike most modern day Country music artists, when a Waylon Jennings song came on the radio, you knew it was him from the first note. His music style, guitar sound and vocal style was truly unique. He had the respect of Country music artists, Rock n’ Roll artists and yes, many of the of Hard Rock, Punk and Heavy Metal artists as well. Waylon was a major influence on music in general.
The “Greatest Hits” record is a collection of 11 songs that was released in 1979. The record company reissued this record in 1989 dropping two songs. See track listing for that information. The record is solid. musically and production is good. Music structure shows how talented that Waylon is. There is a good mixture of tempos and harmony on the song collection here. Great musicianship as well, including the two songs that feature Willie Nelson. I have most of Waylon Jennings’ catalog, including both editions of the Greatest Hits. If you’re into Waylon, this is still a good record to get.
So, get away from the modern day Pop Country music and grab yourself some Waylon Jennings. You’ll be surprised that Waylon never caved into the record companies and never caved into popular culture on how his music should sound. The end result, is one hell of a man, playing music from his heart and in his own style. The best songs on this record “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”, “Honky Tonk Heroes”, and “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean.”
1979 Vinyl Track Listing:
“Lonesome, On’ry and Mean” – 3:38
*”Ladies Love Outlaws” – 2:32
“I’ve Always Been Crazy” – 4:11
“I’m a Ramblin’ Man” – 2:46
*”Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line” – 2:20
“Amanda” – 2:56
“Honky Tonk Heroes” – 3:27
“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” – 2:32
“Good Hearted Woman” – 2:59
“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” – 3:19
“Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” – 2:55
“Bob Wills is Still the King – Live!” was also added to the Greatest Hits collection during the 1990’s.
*Did not appear on the 1989 reissue