42 Songs, 2 Hours 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since Waylon Jennings left RCA for MCA in 1986, Waylon Jennings: The Complete MCA Recordings opens sounding very ‘80s with the slick production that was indicative of the era. Still, starting with a stellar cover of Los Lobos’ “Will The Wolf Survive?” is an awesome way to set the tone for this 42-song-deep compilation. The endearingly maudlin “Suddenly Single” blends AM-radio soft-rock synthesizers with twangy fragments of the urban cowboy sound, but hearing Waylon sing, “If I wasn’t over 30 I just might move back in with mom and dad” takes the cake. He also gives Steve Earle’s “The Devil’s Right Hand” a sharp sense of authority, while his cover of “Baker Street” – that’s right, Waylon Jennings covers Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” – actually ends up playing less like a guilty pleasure and more like a definitive version. “Somewhere Between Ragged and Right” ends with some of the most beautiful guitar work here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since Waylon Jennings left RCA for MCA in 1986, Waylon Jennings: The Complete MCA Recordings opens sounding very ‘80s with the slick production that was indicative of the era. Still, starting with a stellar cover of Los Lobos’ “Will The Wolf Survive?” is an awesome way to set the tone for this 42-song-deep compilation. The endearingly maudlin “Suddenly Single” blends AM-radio soft-rock synthesizers with twangy fragments of the urban cowboy sound, but hearing Waylon sing, “If I wasn’t over 30 I just might move back in with mom and dad” takes the cake. He also gives Steve Earle’s “The Devil’s Right Hand” a sharp sense of authority, while his cover of “Baker Street” – that’s right, Waylon Jennings covers Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” – actually ends up playing less like a guilty pleasure and more like a definitive version. “Somewhere Between Ragged and Right” ends with some of the most beautiful guitar work here.

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