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Best of Vanguard Years
Jerry Jeff Walker
Best of Vanguard Years
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
 
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At its best, Jerry Jeff Walker's '60s work mined a rich country-rock vein that would later be identified with Gram Parsons's work with the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and as a solo artist. At its worst (with his ps...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jerry Jeff Walker
Title: Best of Vanguard Years
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Vanguard Records
Original Release Date: 3/23/1999
Release Date: 3/23/1999
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Outlaw Country, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 015707953221, 090204703425

Synopsis

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At its best, Jerry Jeff Walker's '60s work mined a rich country-rock vein that would later be identified with Gram Parsons's work with the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and as a solo artist. At its worst (with his psyche-folkin'-delic band Circus Maximus), he tapped a tepid psychedelia one associates with the Association. The contrast between the two musical approaches is startling, but it demonstrates the timelessness of Walker's solo material. This collection brings together all of his seminal 1969 album Driftin' Way of Life, from the Dylanesque comedy of "Ramblin', Scramblin'" to the quiet beauty of "Morning Song to Sally." Best of also includes a previously unreleased demo version of "Mr. Bojangles" (Walker's most famous composition, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band made it a hit several years later) and a smattering of Walker's work with Circus Maximus. Not only is this a fairly thorough look at Walker's early work, it's also a testament to his tremendous artistic growth. --Percy Keegan
 

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thehammer | OR, USA | 07/12/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This CD collects the two sides of early Jerry Jeff Walker, Walker with the group Circus Maximus, and his first solo release.The music from Circus Maximus is uneven at best and much of it has not aged well. The only memorable song from Circus Maximus was "The Wind" but that was not a Jerry Jeff song and it is not included here. What is included is, quite frankly, pretty bad.The great stuff is from his only solo Vanguard Album, "Drifting Way of Life". Instead of purchasing this collection, you are better off owning "Drifting Way of Life"."