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Longtime listeners will gripe that BEST ignores a large swath of Keen’s catalogue — it contains nothing from The Live Album or West Textures, nor does it have anything from his late-‘90s output, due to licensing issues with Arista and Lost Highway. Those hang-ups aside, this is an inclusive portrait of Keen’s art. All of his crucial qualities are represented: his black humor (“Merry Christmas from the Family”), his wholehearted romance (“For Love”), his feel for humanistic portraits (“Ride”) and his love for travelogues (“Gringo Honeymoon,” “Corpus Christi Bay”). The collection shows that Keen has been able to walk from bluegrass to rock ’n’ roll and back to pure country, without ever compromising his core persona. The collection gives a whopping 12 minutes over to the 1996 live version of “The Road Goes On Forever” and its spoken introduction, but those 12 minutes might be the most essential part of this disc. Not only because they highlight Keen’s storytelling skills and his passionate playing but because they integrate the hoots and hollers of his longtime Texas audience. With the help of BEST maybe more people will catch on to what those folks already know.

Customer Reviews

Another amazing collection

Robert Earl just can't miss. Love 'em all and finally have all the BEST on one album.

All the Best Except

Down that Dusty Trail isn't on here =( The album is amazing other than that. Buy it. =)

Feeling Good Again

I first heard this song on Sirius Satellite Radio and enjoyed it . "Feeling Good Again" is a great song with a "hook" I plan to listen to Robert Earl Keen's other music Herb Leventhal Herb Leventhal


Born: January 11, 1956 in Houston, TX

Genre: Country

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

Among the large contingent of talented songwriters who emerged in Texas in the 1980s and '90s, Robert Earl Keen struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits ("Corpus Christi Bay") and raucous barroom fun ("That Buckin' Song"). These two song types in Keen's output were unified by a mordant sense of humor that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become known as alternative country music. Keen, the son of an oil executive father and an attorney mother, was a native...
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