CD The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam [081227896423] (CD 535512), Audio Other
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The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam [081227896423]

  • 1. Honky Tonk Man
    2. Guitars, Cadillacs
    3. Little Sister
    4. Little Ways
    5. Please, Please Baby
    6. Streets of Bakersfield
    7. I Sang Dixie
    8. Long White Cadillac
    9. Turn It on, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
    10. You're the One
    11. Suspicious Minds
    12. It Only Hurts When I Cry
    13. Ain't That Lonely Yet
    14. Thousand Miles from Nowhere, A
    15. Fast as You
    16. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    17. I Want You to Want Me
    18. Things Change
    19. Late Great Golden State, The
    20. Back of Your Hand, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 78964

  • Credits
    ProducerPete Anderson; Pete Anderson; Jimmy Edwards (Compilation); Jimmy Edwards (Compilation); James Austin (Compilation)

    Personnel: Dwight Yoakam (vocals, guitar); Buck Owens (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Holly George-Warren.
    Photographer: Davis Factor.
    It's no coincidence that maverick country star Dwight Yoakam rose to prominence in Los Angeles during the 1980s, playing clubs with the likes of Los Lobos, X, and the Blasters. Yoakam's roots revivalism, which borrows equally from the Bakersfield honky-tonk of Buck Owens and vintage Sun Studios-era rockabilly, has much in common with a punk-inspired, back-to-basics approach. THE VERY BEST OF proves that despite--or maybe because of--Yoakam's category defiance, his music is immensely appealing.
    Yoakam's willingness to bend the rules is evident in his choice of covers. Included here are a punchy version of "Suspicious Minds," a countrified take on Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me," and a swinging cover of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." To these and other tunes, Yoakam brings his country-rock flair and his truly beautiful baritone croon. But nothing matches his late-'80s cuts, particularly the rave-up barroom classic "Honky Tonk Man" and Yoakam's own "Guitars, Cadillacs," standouts on this excellent collection representing one of country's coolest and most distinctive stars.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.138) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Spiritual heir to Gram Parsons, Yoakam was a similarly-transplanted southerner who fetched up on Los Angeles, riding the tip of the early-'80s new country swell."
    Dirty Linen (pp.51-2) - "[A] nifty set of recordings that Yoakam contributed over the years to tribute albums..."
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