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Best of the Best - 25 Greatest Hits

Gene Watson

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Despite his long run of hits, Gene Watson remains one of country music’s most underrated talents. Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits is a long-overdue retrospective that finds the legendary Texas singer re-recording his most famous songs from the '70s onward. The years have been kind to Watson’s warm, supple voice, and the album’s arrangements stick close to those of the original recordings, with longtime Watson sideman Sorry Garrish adding steel guitar on numerous tracks. Gene’s masterful way with romantic material gets full exposure with heartfelt treatments of “Love in the Afternoon" (his 1975 breakthrough hit), “Where Love Begins," and “This Dream’s on Me.” Storytelling tunes like “Paper Rosie” and the autobiographical “Pick the Wildwood Flower” are delivered with a mellow style rivaling Merle Haggard at his best. “You’re Out Doing (What I’m Here Doing Without)” is a standout honky-tonk number, while “Don’t Waste It on the Blues” displays a suave, jazzy touch. Best of the Best is both a must-have collection for fans and a fine introduction to this classic country artist’s work.

Customer Reviews

Gene Watson Never Disappoints

Absolutely phenomenal record. I can't believe he was able to go back and re-record these songs BETTER than the originals. Worth EVERY penny!

Best of the best

Best cuts of Gene Watson yet!!! Awesome set!

Real Country Music

Gene shows that he can still sing with the best. His voice on these re-recordings is every bit as good as the originals, only the mixing and clarity is much better. Great to hear some real country music for a change, even if it is recycled. GREAT!!

Biography

Born: October 11, 1943 in Palestine, TX

Genre: Country

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

Though he can sing honky tonk, Gene Watson built a reputation for soulful ballads in the classic country tradition. Born one of seven children in Palestine, Texas, Watson married early and was working as an auto-body man when he began frequenting the clubs in Houston. He recorded for a few small-time regional labels like Wide World and Stoneway during the early '70s. Watson finally had success in 1974, when a steamy single for Resco — "Love in the Hot Afternoon" — was picked up for national...
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Best of the Best - 25 Greatest Hits, Gene Watson
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  • $15.99
  • Genres: Country, Music
  • Released: Feb 14, 2012

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