Greatest Hits
 : Greatest Hits

by: Billy Joe Shaver

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Binding: Audio CD
Brand: Shaver, Billy Joe
EAN: 0616892874829
Item Dimensions: 4550019575
Label: Compadre Records
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Compadre Records
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: February 01, 2007
Publisher: Compadre Records
Release Date: April 03, 2007
Studio: Compadre Records

Disc 1:
  1. Good Ol USA
  2. Georgia On A Fast Train
  3. Freedom's Child
  4. Try And Try Again
  5. Old Chunk Of Coal
  6. Step On Up
  7. Honky Tonk Heroes
  8. Hottest Thing In Town
  9. That's What She Said Last Night
  10. When Fallen Angels Fly
  11. I Couldn't Be Me Without You
  12. Black Rose
  13. Light A Candle For Me
  14. Ride Me Down Easy
  15. Melody
  16. Old Five And Dimers
  17. You Asked Me To
  18. Live Forever
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Product Description:
Known as the 'outlaw Poet Laureate', Billy Joe Shaver has had his songs covered by an impressive list of performers including Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson, to name a few. Throughout his career, Shaver has release 15 albums. His latest, The Real Deal, garnered some of his highest critical praise to date including appearances on NPR's 'Fresh Air,' DBS's '60 Minutes,' 'Imus in the Morning'. Greatest Hits features `Try and Try Again,' Shaver's fervent reminder about the power of persistence and the previously unreleased 'Melody,' which was produced by roots music producing legend R.S. Field. A best of collection of Shaver's songs wouldn't be complete without his biographical roadhouse romp, 'Georgia on a Fast Train,' and his message of redemption, 'Old Chunk of Coal.' Greatest Hits is a perfect primer for new Billy Joe Shaver fans and a must have for lifeline devotees.
Johnny Cash once called him "my favorite songwriter," and Waylon Jennings recorded nearly an entire album (Honky Tonk Heroes) of his material in 1973--lots of folks insist that was the first true "outlaw" record. Billy Joe Shaver, whose "Old Chunk of Coal," "Georgia on a Fast Train," and "Old Five and Dimers" rank as standards of Texas singer-songwriter lore, is closer to his 70th birthday than his 60th, but he still burns it down on stage, and he still lives the soulful, close-to-the-bone life of his impoverished, raggedy-ass youth. These days, it would be easy for the five-time Grammy nominee to lean on his woeful personal story--growing up picking cotton and dropping out of school in the eighth grade, then losing his wife, mother, and guitarist son, Eddy, in a matter of months at the turn of the millennium. Instead, he continues to challenge himself in his writing. This collection of his best-loved songs (it's erroneous to call them "hits") contains a driving live rendition of "Georgia" and two new offerings (the remarkable love song "Light a Candle for Me" and the tongue-in-cheek "Melody") as well as some lubricated on-stage preaching and storytelling. (It also reprises his unfortunate duet with Big & Rich on "Live Forever"... but let's pretend that never happened.) Shaver's singing remains an acquired taste, rivaling a rusty barn-door latch rattling in the wind. Yet in the age of Pro-Tooled prettiness, authenticity never sounded more welcome. --Alanna Nash

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