“Strongest single CD yet released of Dwight’s music” Dwight’s music is firmly rooted in traditional country, yet makes just enough concessions to progress so that it appeals to a modern generation. I guess a few purists will ignore him, but not many – there aren’t many country singers now whose music owes so much to tradition while still selling in large quantities.
This compilation covers the whole of career to date, including eight tracks from his compilation of eighties hits (Just looking for a hit), eight tracks from his compilation of nineties hits (Last chance for 1,000 years), Things change (from A long way home), I want you to want me (from Tomorrow’s sounds today) and two tracks from Population me (Late great golden state, Back of your hand). Thus, there is no new material here, but this compilation is the strongest single CD of Dwight’s music so far released.
Inevitably, some classic songs have been omitted, one example being The heart that I own. Most of the songs here are originals but Dwight has record…
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
He’s a “Honky Tonk Man”.
Overall this is a pretty good collection, and it includes most of what his two previous collections did. Included are many great early tracks like “Guitars, Cadillacs”, “Little Ways”, “I Sang Dixie”, and “You’re The One”. Plus alot of his great later work like “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”, “Ain’t That Lonely Yet”, “Things Change”, and “The Back Of Your Hand”. Dwight also excells at doing covers, and “Little Sister”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, and “I Want You To Want Me” are all on here as well. I do miss a song or two, but for the most part this is the majority of his best, and it’s a perfect introduction for newcomers, as intended. Oh, and Dwight’s the coolest guy in modern country….
A Great Introduction to Dwight
This is the one I listen too when I’m driving.
The Very Best of Dwight Yoakum