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Album Review

Take a look at the title of Rhino's 2004 Dwight Yoakam collection — this is The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam, not The Greatest Hits, which means that there are several hit singles missing. Actually, there are a grand total of 20 charting singles missing, the exact length of The Very Best Of and certainly more than can be winnowed down to a single-disc overview of his biggest hits. Inevitably, cuts had to be made, and the decision was made to span his entire career, coming at the expense at some of his earlier, bigger hits, which means this may not appeal as much to listeners who are familiar with Dwight from the time he had a steady string of singles in the country Top Ten. Instead, this collection skews toward a crossover audience — or, to be frank, rock guys who like Yoakam. In that regard, it's a success, giving a good idea of the range of his music, offering his biggest hits, along with popular countrified covers of "Suspicious Minds," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," and "I Want You to Want Me." It could be argued convincingly that Just Lookin' for a Hit gives a better picture of Yoakam the hitmaker, but this is nevertheless a better portrait of his full career, and a better indication of what he wound up being: every alt-rocker's favorite neo-traditional country singer.

Customer Reviews

JON

Wow! How could I have missed this. If you like genuine country music - with a flare - you will like Dwight Yoakam. Give his music some time (if you're not already a fan), let it simmer like a great tea (or a great whiskey) and I think you'll thoroughly enjoy the musical "buzz" from this true country artist.

The Country Elvis

A perfect blend of classic country with bluesy rock and roll. Some may be more familiar with his acting career, but Dwight Yoakam is a true musical artist. Do you ears and soul a favor by turning off "today's hip hop/ country" and give this a listen!

Trenton

The classics none of that new crap

Biography

Born: October 23, 1956 in Pikeville, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With his stripped-down approach to traditional honky tonk and Bakersfield country, Dwight Yoakam helped return country music to its roots in the late '80s. Like his idols Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams, Yoakam never played by Nashville's rules; consequently, he never dominated the charts like his contemporary Randy Travis. Then again, Travis never played around with the sound and style of country music like Yoakam. On each of his records, he twists around the form enough to make it...
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