- Released: April 20, 1999
- Label: Vanguard Records
- 2.Country Blues
- 3.Rising Sun Blues
- 4.Tennessee Stud
- 5.Down in the Valley to Pray
- 6.Dill Pickle Rag
- 7.Otto Wood the Bandit
- 8.Windy and Warm
- 9.Little Sadie
- 10.Blue Railroad Train
- 11.Omie Wise
- 12.Intoxicated Rat
- 13.Tom Dooley
- 15.Beaumont Rag
- 16.Shady Grove
- 17.My Rough and Rowdy Ways
- 18.The Train That Carried My Girl from Town
- 19.Black Mountain Rag
- 20.Grandfather's Clock - (previously unreleased)
- 21.Cyclone of Ryecov, The - (previously unreleased)
- 22.Doc's Guitar - (previously unreleased)
- 23.Crawdad Hole - (previously unreleased)
Personnel: Doc Watson (vocals, guitar); Grady Martin (guitar, dobro); Merle Watson, John Herald, John Pilla (guitar); Don Stover (banjo); Shot Jackson (dobro); Tom Jackson, Buddy Spicher (fiddle); Floyd Cramer (piano); Ron Savakus, Junior Huskey, Eric Weissberg (bass); Buddy Harman (drums).
Producers include: Ralph Rinzler, Jack Lothrop.
Compilation producer: Tom Vickers.
Includes liner notes by John Milward.
Boasting 23 tracks (three unreleased) culled from six of Watson's classic Vanguard albums, The Best of Doc Watson 1964-1968 is a great summing up of the music he made during that period and a perfect testament to his standing as a true American musical treasure. Showcasing the amazing depth of ability that Watson has made his trademark, this collection covers all the bases, including outstanding examples of his virtuosic flat-picking guitar work in great instrumentals like "Dill Pickle Rag," "Windy and Warm" and the amazingly dexterous "Beaumont Rag." A perfect synthesis of country, blues and folk, Watson bounces from haunting murder ballads like "Omie Wise" and the solemn "Tom Dooley" to lighthearted numbers like "Muskrat" and "Intoxicated Rat." Faithful covers of Jimmie Rodgers' "My Rough and Rowdy Ways" and the Carter Family's "The Cyclone of Ryecov" show the reverence with which Watson tackles the work of the masters who have inspired his music. No fan of flat-top guitar picking should be without this one in their collection. ~ Matt Fink