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Waylon Jennings - The Essential Waylon Jennings

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Waylon Jennings - The Essential Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings - The Essential Waylon Jennings

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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.

You just mention the name Waylon Jennings and it conjures up all kinds of images. One of those images is country music superstar. And nowhere is that super stardom more apparent than on this 2-CD retrospective called The Essential Waylon Jennings. This collection covers 22 years of the country music outlaw's career with RCA Records.

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.

In 1949, when Waylon was just 12-years-old, he was leading his own radio band, The Texas Longhorns. By 1955 at the age of 18, he had landed himself a position on Lubbock, Texas station KLLL doing his own radio show. It was at KLLL where Waylon met up with this guy named Buddy Holly. The two became fast friends. In 1958, Waylon was hired to be the bassist on Buddy Holly's fateful, final tour. in the early morning hours of February 3rd 1959, the airplane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) crashed outside Mason City, Iowa killing all on board. Jennings had given his seat to J.P. Richardson, who had the flu and wanted to get some rest. After Waylon gave up his seat, Buddy Holly had jokingly told him, "I hope your ole bus freezes up!" Jennings shot back facetiously, "I hope your damn plane crashes!" In his 1996 autobiography, Jennings admitted for the first time that in the years afterward, he felt severe guilt and responsibility for the crash.

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."

By the early 1970's, he'd become one of the biggest names in the business. So much so that he was billed by his first name alone. The following years brought much fame and success to Waylon Jennings. Throughout the 1970's Jennings continued to rack up hit after hit. Songs like 1977's "Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)" and "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" quickly became fan favorites. In 1980, he recorded the TV theme for the television show The Dukes Of Hazard. It would go on to become one of the most popular and well known TV themes of all time. In October 2001, Jennings was finally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Sadly, we lost Waylon Arnold Jennings on February 13, 2002. He died in his sleep of diabetic complications in Chandler, Arizona. He was only 64-years-old. The country music outlaw may be gone, but the man and his memory will live on through music compilations like The Essential Waylon Jennings. A must for any Waylon fan.

Track List:

Disc One
  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. "The Chokin' Kind"
  7. "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line"
  8. "Just to Satisfy You"
  9. "Cedartown, Georgia"
  10. "The Taker"
  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 Two

  1. "This Time"
  2. "It's Not Supposed 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. "The Wurlitzer Prize"
  14. "Mamas 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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