RELEASE
July 27, 2004
LABEL
Warner Music
GENRES
Country, Country-Pop, Contemporary Country, Country-Rock, Bakersfield Sound, Alt-Country, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Traditionalist Country, New Traditionalist

Album Review

Take a look at the title of Rhino's 2004 Dwight Yoakam collection -- this is The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam, not The Greatest Hits, which means that there are several hit singles missing. Actually, there are a grand total of 20 charting singles missing, the exact length of The Very Best Of and certainly more than can be winnowed down to a single-disc overview of his biggest hits. Inevitably, cuts had to be made, and the decision was made to span his entire career, coming at the expense at some of his earlier, bigger hits, which means this may not appeal as much to listeners who are familiar with Dwight from the time he had a steady string of singles in the country Top Ten. Instead, this collection skews toward a crossover audience -- or, to be frank, rock guys who like Yoakam. In that regard, it's a success, giving a good idea of the range of his music, offering his biggest hits, along with popular countrified covers of "Suspicious Minds," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," and "I Want You to Want Me." It could be argued convincingly that Just Lookin' for a Hit gives a better picture of Yoakam the hitmaker, but this is nevertheless a better portrait of his full career, and a better indication of what he wound up being: every alt-rocker's favorite neo-traditional country singer.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Honky Tonk Man
  2. Guitars, Cadillacs
  3. Little Sister
  4. Little Ways
  5. Please, Please Baby
  6. Streets of Bakersfield
  7. I Sang Dixie
  8. Long White Cadillac
  9. Turn It on, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
  10. You're the One
  11. Suspicious Minds
  12. It Only Hurts When I Cry
  13. Ain't That Lonely Yet
  14. A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
  15. Fast as You
  16. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  17. I Want You to Want Me
  18. Things Change
  19. The Late Great Golden State
  20. The Back of Your Hand