The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam

The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam

by Dwight YoakamDwight Yoakam


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For those wondering what all the fuss concerning Dwight Yoakam is about, this 20-track overview -- think of it as an abridged version of the essential box set Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years -- should be an illuminating experience. It's a scorching disc of brilliantly executed and deeply felt hard country, surveying Yoakam's career, beginning with his 1984 indie EP, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., which evolved into his Warners debut of the same title. That classic slice of modern country is represented here by the freewheeling title track and an electrifying remake of Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man." From there the selections hit high spots over the next 19 years of albums, culminating in two tracks from 2003's indie release, Population Me. There's no arguing with these choices, which range from an electrifying remake of "Streets of Bakersfield," featuring Yoakam's Bakersfield-based spiritual and musical touchstone Buck Owens, to "I Sang Dixie," a heartrending ballad about an alcoholic's lonesome death on the L.A. streets. Other highlights include Yoakam's searing remake of Elvis's "Suspicious Minds" (Dwight being Elvis's premier interpreter, it's only fitting that his urgent reading of "Little Sister" be included as well), the sadistic magnificence of "Ain't That Lonely Yet," and "It Only Hurts When I Cry," a lively honky-tonk monument to self-pity, along with inspired covers of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and a western swing take on Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me." The story behind the story is, of course, Pete Anderson, who imbues these tracks with his rich productions -- which are seamless short courses in country and rock 'n' roll history -- and his dazzling lead guitar work, a second voice to Yoakam's own. This is an excellent primer on one of modern country music's most fascinating performers.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227896423
catalogNumber: 78964
Rank: 2389


  1. Honky Tonk Man
  2. Guitars, Cadillacs
  3. Little Sister
  4. Little Ways
  5. Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
  6. Streets Of Bakersfield
  7. I Sang Dixie
  8. Long While Cadillac
  9. You're The One
  10. Suspicious Minds
  11. It Only Hurts When I Cry
  12. Ain't That Lonely Yet
  13. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
  14. Fast As You
  15. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  16. I Want You to Want Me
  17. Things Change
  18. The Late Great Golden State
  19. The Back Of Your Hand

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dwight Yoakam   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Buck Owens   Vocals

Technical Credits

Johnny Horton   Composer
James House   Composer
Wayland Patton   Composer
Dwight Yoakam   Composer
Dave Alvin   Composer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Pete Anderson   Producer,Audio Production
Homer Joy   Composer
Rick Nielsen   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Holly George-Warren   Liner Notes
Tillman Franks   Composer
Jean Krikorian   Art Direction
Brad Bowman   Cover Photo
Howard Hausey   Composer
Mike Stinson   Composer
Masaki Koike   Art Direction

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