Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by driverdrummer, Feb 27, 2012.
What are some albums to start out with from these subgenres of country music?
For the Waylon side of Outlaw Country, in rough order:
Waylon Live (The Expanded Edition)
Honky Tonk Heroes
Dreaming My Dreams (there was a DCC of this one)
The Ramblin' Man
Lonesome, On'ry, and Mean
These albums really helped spark the whole movement (with the exception of the live album, which was released as the movement was reaching its peak and was expanded in 2003).
The Urban Cowboy movie soundtrack
Charlie Daniels Band's 70s classics
Charlie Rich-Behind Closed Doors and a compilation
a Tammy Wynette compilation and/or any of her albums
Willie Nelson-Red Headed Stranger, Shotgun Willie, Phases & Stages
David Allan Coe-any of his 70s albums and/or a hits comp
Wanted! The Outlaws
This music brings back memories of watching TNN and listening to local country FM radio. It will be nice to hear the albums of these eras.
Was the Fender Rhodes used on any country albums? It was the main sound for "Westcoast" albums of the late 70's and early 80's.
Asleep At The Wheel - Texas Gold
Very good list Bradley, however be aware of inferior remakes by Coe and Paycheck specifically. Stick to Sony Product for Daniels, Paycheck, Nelson and Coe(except for Nelson's Atlantic trilogy).
For Willie Nelson's Atlantic albums, I'd recommend the Complete Atlantic Sessions set because the live album on the third disc is essential in my opinion. I'm no audiophile, so I can't comment on the mastering, but I enjoy the set. Right now on Amazon, it can be had for less than $20 sold from newbury comics and fulfilled by Amazon.
Greatest Hits--Gary Stewart (RCA)
the most underrated and overlooked 'outlaw' in seventies country, in my opinion. Skip the Hightone comeback CDs but investigate all his RCA stuff. The great stuff is unbelievably great:
Single Again http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs-Z5MaGbj0&feature=fvst
Flat Natural Good Timin' Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfntXmnQYUo
Honky Tonk Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64CPXGoU2-0
The Time-Life Classic Country 2-disc collections that cover the 70s are an excellent place to start.
Mickey Gilley - Best Of
Johnny Lee- Best of
Eddie Rabbit - Best of
When it comes to Johnny Lee, go for the Warner Bros. Greatest Hits CD; for Eddie Rabbitt, check if your local Wal-Mart has the #1 Hits Rhino CD; for Mickey Gilley, go for Sony product such as Ten Years of Hits or 16 Biggest Hits as there are inferior remakes of his hits out there; Ronnie Milsap-an RCA compilation as he has re-recorded his hits and the RCA/Sony comps have the original
A Don Williams collection on Universal is worthwhile
I have the Essential Gary Stewart comp on RCA and it is indeed great stuff.
Another recommendation is if you can find this is the Charly McClain 2 CD Anthology, snatch it up but expect to pay big bucks for it. The same for many of the other Renaissance Records Anthology country best of comps.
Much of this stuff is very common to find on used vinyl, so keep that in mind if you have a turntable
These are some great recommendations. So far I have picked up:
Waylon Jennings-Ol Waylon
Bellamy Brothers-GH Vol 1
Charlie Rich-Behind Closed Doors
Willie Nelson-Always on My Mind
Merle Haggard-Its All in the Game
For modern country, I got:
Jamey Johnson-That Lonesome Song
You are right that in the case of the Bellamy Brothers, their first greatest hits comp is the best of the batch.
A Charley Pride compilation is essential as well
Lee Hazlewood. He's kind of a country-pop hipster/swinger.
Are there any country albums that sound like straight up pop,with songs like Dan Seals "Bop", Sylvia "Nobody", and Charley Pride "Night Games"? I like those songs a bunch
Get Dan Seals LPs or the Best of Dan Seals CD on Capitol from a bargain bin. For Sylvia, the comps are too brief that are in print except for "RCA Country Legends" (which has a bunch of rare stuff along with a few of the hits) so the best CD option is the rare and OOP "Anthology" CD if all you want are the hits. Sylvia vinyl is also common as well while CDs of several of the albums are rare collectibles.
The Fabulous Charlie Rich, Set Me Free and Big Boss Man, Charlie Rich's best run of albums.
Oh man. "Everything That Glitters" from some 80's Dan Seals Best Of collection got so much play in my tapedeck back then. I'll bet if I heard it today, I could still sing along.
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