Dwight Yoakam Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years (4-CD)

Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years (4-CD)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: November 19, 2002
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Rhino

Description by OLDIES.com:

From his '86 multiplatinum debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. through '01s South Of Heaven, West Of Hell, this expansive 4-CD boxed set culls material from Yoakam's entire Warner Bros. career.
  • Presents 87 tracks circa 1981-2002, encompassing singles, album, cuts, previously unissued material, rarities, and soundtrack selections.
  • Contains 3 brand new recordings (exclusively available to this set): "Sittin' Pretty," "Louisville," and "Mercury Blues."
  • Includes a full disc comprised of nothing but previously unreleased material, including rare early demos from 1981, and live gems from various venues spanning nearly a decade, including renditions of "Truckin'," and "Mystery Train."
  • Also features Yoakam's contributions to tribute albums honoring Kinky Friedman, Merle Haggard, Bob Willis & The Texas Playboys, and ZZ Top.
  • Includes guest appearances by Buck Owens, Kelly Willis, Asleep At The Wheel, Patty Loveless, Bekka Bramlett, Flaco Jimenez, and Sheryl Crow.
  • Deluxe booklet features rare photos and tributes from Yoakam devotees including Dennis Hopper, Billy Gibbons, Dave Alvin, and Buck Owens.

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Honky Tonk Man
  • 2.Guitars, Cadillacs
  • 3.It Won't Hurt
  • 4.Miner's Prayer
  • 5.Little Sister
  • 6.Little Ways
  • 7.Please, Please Baby
  • 8.Always Late With Your Kisses
  • 9.This Drinkin' Will Kill Me
  • 10.Streets Of Bakersfield
  • 11.I Sang Dixie
  • 12.I Got You
  • 13.I Hear You Knockin'
  • 14.Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses)
  • 15.Long White Cadillac
  • 16.Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
  • 17.You're The One
  • 18.Nothing's Changed Here
  • 19.It Only Hurts When I Cry
  • 20.The Heart That You Own
  • 21.The Distance Between You And Me
  • 22.Dangerous Man
  • 23.Send A Message To My Heart
  • 24.Takes A Lot To Rock You

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Carmelita
  • 2.Suspicious Minds
  • 3.Doin' What I Did
  • 4.Hey Little Girl
  • 5.Ain't That Lonely Yet
  • 6.A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
  • 7.Try Not To Look So Pretty
  • 8.Pocket Of A Clown
  • 9.Home For Sale
  • 10.Fast As You
  • 11.King Of Fools
  • 12.Holding Things Together
  • 13.Nothing
  • 14.Don't Be Sad
  • 15.Sorry You Asked?
  • 16.Gone (That'll Be Me)
  • 17.Claudette
  • 18.Baby Don't Go
  • 19.Train In Vain
  • 20.Rapid City, South Dakota

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Only Want You More
  • 2.Same Fool
  • 3.Things Change
  • 4.These Arms
  • 5.A Long Way Home
  • 6.Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • 7.Thinking About Leaving
  • 8.New San Antonio Rose
  • 9.Two Doors Down
  • 10.Bury Me
  • 11.Love Caught Up To Me
  • 12.What Do You Know About Love
  • 13.Free To Go
  • 14.A Place To Cry
  • 15.I Want You To Want Me
  • 16.Alright, I'm Wrong
  • 17.Who At The Door Is Standing
  • 18.The First Thing Smokin'
  • 19.I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
  • 20.Louisville
  • 21.Sittin' Pretty
  • 22.Mercury Blues

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.This Drinkin' Will Kill Me
  • 2.It Won't Hurt
  • 3.I'll Be Gone
  • 4.Floyd County
  • 5.You're The One
  • 6.Twenty Years
  • 7.Please Daddy
  • 8.Miner's Prayer
  • 9.I Sang Dixie
  • 10.Bury Me
  • 11.Golden Ring
  • 12.Take Me
  • 13.Sin City
  • 14.Truckin'
  • 15.Grand Tour
  • 16.Oh Lonesome Me
  • 17.Today I Started Loving You Again
  • 18.Mystery Train
  • 19.Can't You Hear Me Calling
  • 20.Heartaches By The Number
  • 21.My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

Product Description:

REPRISE PLEASE BABY: THE WARNER BROS. YEARS [BOX] set contains a 50 page booklet.
Personnel includes: Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens, Kelly Willis, Asleep At The Wheel, Patty Loveless, Bekka Bramlett, Flaco Jimenez, Sheryl Crow.
Producers include: Pete Anderson, Gordon Schyrock, Dusty Wakeman, Bill Halverson, Kacey Jones.
Compilation producers: James Austin, Jimmy Edwards.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Dwight Yoakam (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, autoharp, percussion, background vocals); Pete Anderson (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, baritone guitar, banjo, mandolin, electric sitar, harmonica, piano, 6-string bass, percussion, background vocals); Jerry McGee, Ray Benson, Tommy Allsup (guitar); Richard Bennett (acoustic guitar, requinto); Dean Parks, Al Bonhomme, John Goux (acoustic guitar); Cindy Cashdollar, Tom Brumley (steel guitar); Al Perkins (lap steel guitar, dobro, banjo); Gary Morse (lap steel guitar, dobro); Greg Leisz (lap steel guitar); David Mansfield (dobro, mandolin, fiddle); Marty Muse (dobro); Oscar Tellez (bajo sexto); Ralph Stanley (banjo, background vocals); Scott Joss (mandolin, fiddle, background vocals); Tim O'Brien (mandolin, background vocals); Brantley Kearns (fiddle, background vocals); Jason Roberts , Don Reed (fiddle); Tom Peterson (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Bruce Eskovitz (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Skip Edwards (accordion, piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Flaco Jim‚nez (accordion); Michael Francis (clarinet, tenor saxophone); David Woodford (saxophone); Tony Campise (alto saxophone); Earl Lon Price, Elias Haslanger (tenor saxophone); Greg "Frosty" Smith (baritone saxophone, trombone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone); Dave Alexander , Chris Tedesco (trumpet); Nick Lane, Eric Jorgensen (trombone); John Noreyko (tuba); Chris Hillman, Glen D. Hardin, Chris Booher, Floyd Domino (piano); Taras Prodaniuk (upright bass); Dusty Wakeman (6-string bass, percussion, programming, background vocals); David Sanger , Phillip Fajardo, Don Heffington, Davey Crockett, Jeff Donavan, Jim Christie (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Ralph Forbes, Scott Humphrey (programming); Beth Andersen, Jim Haas, Carmen Twilley, Jeff Rymes, Herb Pedersen, Jim Lauderdale, Jonathan Clark, Maxi Anderson, Amy Ray, Randy Weeks, Anthony Crawford , Roger Miller , Lonesome Strangers, Tommy Funderburk, Bekka Bramlett, Carl Jackson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Leonard ; Dusty Wakeman; Dwight Yoakam; Frank Campbell; Judy Clapp; Michael Dumas; Pete Anderson; Tchad Blake.
Audio Remasterer: Pat Kraus .
Liner Note Authors: James Austin; Steve Morse; Holly George-Warren.
Recording information: Bismeaux Studio, Austin, TX; Capitol Studio B, Hollywood, CA; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Excalibur Studio, Studio City, CA; Mad Dog Studios, Venice, CA; Ocean Studios, Hollywood, CA; Stepbridge Studios, Nashville, TN; The Board Room, Nashville, TN; The Cabin Studios, Nashville, TN; The Dog Bone, Burbank, CA; The Roxy, Hollywood, CA; The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA; Track Record, North Hollywood, CA; United Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Ventura THeatre, Ventura, CA; Woodland Studios, Nashville, TN.
Authors: Dennis Hopper; Eddie Ruscha; Billy Gibbons.
Introduction by: Buck Owens.
Photographers: Ron Mesaros; Jasper Dailey; Judy Mock; David Jensen; Beth Gwinn; Jim Hagans; Lynn McAfee; Alan Messer; Greg Allen ; Mark Mander; Henry Diltz; Brad Bowman; Steve Jennings; Randee Saint Nicholas; Bonnie Schiffman; Deborah Feingold; Kip Lott; James Austin; Mark Hanauer; Michael Gerber.
Arrangers: Dwight Yoakam; Pete Anderson.
Randy Travis sold more records and George Strait was a purer country singer, but Dwight Yoakam was as influential as either on country music in the '80s. A Kentucky-born, Ohio-raised refugee from Nashville, he headed out to California where he managed to play Bakersfield country for L.A. punks, laying the groundwork for the Americana movement of the late '80s and '90s by not only revitalizing classic country from honky tonks to country-pop ballads through his traditionalist readings, but treating rock songs in a similar fashion. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Rhino's excellent four-disc box set Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years, a superb chronicling of his time at Reprise/Warner Records. What makes this set so successful is that it doesn't focus simply on the hits, though they're all here. Instead of just the hits, they're interlaced with key album tracks, covers, duets, and songs cut for compilations, all necessary to understanding Yoakam's music and his influence. Take his superlative duet with Flaco Jimenez on Warren Zevon's "Carmelita" and how it blurs the lines between country, punk, classic rock, and singer/songwriters, creating the sound that would come to be known as Americana. Nearly every alt-country artist sought this expert balance of self-consciously classic instrumentation, contemporary subject matter, stylized yet sincere delivery, and clean production -- a delicate balance many sought to replicate, yet few succeeded in capturing. It's a brilliant moment, but one that wasn't on any Dwight album, and this rightly presents it, among other rarities, as key parts of his legacy. Among the revelations on Reprise Please Baby is that Yoakam had this balance perfected from the beginning, from before he released his landmark debut, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.; his ten-track demo from 1981 is included here on the all-previously unreleased fourth disc, and it holds its own among his best albums in both its songwriting and performance. This entire disc -- which also contains two fine duets with Kelly Willis and a string of covers, recorded anywhere from 1986 to 2002, all very good, with a nimble "Oh Lonesome Me" and a rip-roaring "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" standing as particular highlights -- makes it necessary for collectors, but the set wouldn't be much if it was just for the completists. What makes it such a success is that it presents Yoakam's full achievement through a sharp, thorough examination of his prodigious output, turning in a convincing case for his greatness while being a hell of an entertaining listen. He produced his share of great albums, but Reprise Please Baby tells everything country fans of any stripe need to know. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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