12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It just wouldn’t seem right if Ol’ Waylon didn’t begin a live show with his household hit “Are You Ready for the Country.” Setlist: The Very Best of Waylon Jennings (Live) compiles the cream of the late Jennings’ live crop to play like one epic concert where all his fan favorites are covered with true grit. Roadhouse favorite “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” gets punctuated by pumping a twangy Telecaster through some late-‘70s guitar-phase effect coupled with some delightfully out-of-place electric sitar droning in the background. Paying tribute to another one of his country music heroes, Jennings tears into “Bob Wills Is Still The King” without resorting to any campy Western swing approximations — though there is some of the album’s finest pedal steel all over this one. A cover of the Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See” closes with Southern-rock aplomb.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It just wouldn’t seem right if Ol’ Waylon didn’t begin a live show with his household hit “Are You Ready for the Country.” Setlist: The Very Best of Waylon Jennings (Live) compiles the cream of the late Jennings’ live crop to play like one epic concert where all his fan favorites are covered with true grit. Roadhouse favorite “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” gets punctuated by pumping a twangy Telecaster through some late-‘70s guitar-phase effect coupled with some delightfully out-of-place electric sitar droning in the background. Paying tribute to another one of his country music heroes, Jennings tears into “Bob Wills Is Still The King” without resorting to any campy Western swing approximations — though there is some of the album’s finest pedal steel all over this one. A cover of the Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See” closes with Southern-rock aplomb.

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