This 2 disc, 42-track compilation released on RCA Nashville/Legacy Records is packed with hit songs from one of country music's favorite outlaws. With recordings ranging from 1964's "Big Mamou" to his 1986 hit "Rose In Paradise," this collection is packed with lots of Waylon hits and is one of the most comprehensive collections to date.
Disc 1 kicks off with the Cajun classic "Big Mamou." It was Waylon's first hit for RCA records back in 1964. Disc 2 closes with the 1986 hit "Rose In Paradise." The Essential Waylon Jennings also includes the hits that became country music classics and Waylon standards. Songs like, "Good Hearted Woman," "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)," "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys," "I've Always Been Crazy," "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand" and of course, it also includes the TV theme about them Duke boys, Bo and Luke, 1980's "Theme From the Dukes of Hazard (Good Ol' Boys)."
Waylon Jennings wasn't just a country music performer, he was a trend setter. Kicking down the doors of the country music establishment in Nashville and creating a style and sound that would become known as "the outlaw movement." So many performers today owe a great deal of gratitude to the man who wasn't willing to just sit back and put up with the country music status quo. He was born in 1937 in Littlefield, Texas, and you could tell right away that he had a future in music.
The early 1960s found Waylon in Phoenix, Arizona at the legendary local nightclub JD's. He released a couple of singles on the indie Ramco label. They didn't do all that well, but the Waylon Jennings recording career was under way. When Bobby Bare convinced Chet Adkins to give Waylon a shot at RCA, he moved to Nashville in 1965. Almost immediately songs like "That's The Chance I'll Have To Take" and "Stop The World (And Let Me Off)" started climbing the charts. In 1967, he hit the top 10 with "(That's What You Get) For Loving Me."
- "Big Mamou"
- "That's the Chance I'll Have to Take"
- "Stop the World (and Let Me Off)"
- "Anita, You're Dreaming"
- "(That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me"
- "The Chokin' Kind"
- "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line"
- "Just to Satisfy You"
- "Cedartown, Georgia"
- "The Taker"
- "Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)"
- "Sweet Dream Woman"
- "Ladies Love Outlaws"
- "Lonesome On'ry and Mean"
- "Freedom to Stay"
- "Pretend I Never Happened"
- "You Can Have Her"
- "We Had It All"
- "Honky Tonk Heroes"
- "You Ask Me To"
- "This Time"
- "It's Not Supposed to be That Way"
- "I'm A Ramblin' Man"
- "Rainy Day Woman"
- "Bob Wills is Still the King"
- "Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way"
- "Waymore's Blues"
- "Dreaming my Dreams With You"
- "Good Hearted Woman"
- "Are You Ready for the Country"
- "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)"
- "The Wurlitzer Prize"
- "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow UP to be Cowboys"
- "I've Always Been Crazy"
- "A Long Time Ago"
- "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand"
- "I Ain't Living Long Like This"
- "Theme From the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)"
- "Storms Never Last"
- "Drinkin' and Dreamin'"
- "Rose in Paradise"