"This is a satisfying and well-chosen representation of Jesse Winchester's music. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Winchester's work, this CD contains some of his very best . An artist of diverse sounds and styles, it is impossible to pigeonhole his music. He is equally comfortable in and well-suited for the hauntingly pure simplicity of a folk song such as Yankee Lady, the lilting country refrain of Brand New Tennessee Waltz, the spiritual inspired Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt, and the jazzy little Say What. Like most of Jesse Winchester's music, I find the songs on this album to be uncomplicated and forthright, yet they ring so true and give such a beautiful voice to that reality that I am frequently put in mind of either lyrics or melodies from one or another of these selections. Do yourself a favor...buy this one."
This son of a gun (sorry,couldn't help it) is great!
David Kinney | San Francisco, Ca. United States | 04/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay folk/country/rock fans, let's try a blindfold test on our friends. Play them "Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt", and have them guess who the singer is. Most of my victims guess Lyle Lovett, and they don't believe they're wrong until I show them this CD. That only goes to prove that Lyle Lovett had discerning taste when he was younger and that Tennessee born Jesse Winchester was a highly influential presence in the wings of the 70's music scene. He's most familiar to listeners via the many cover versions of his songs like 'Biloxi', Rhumba Man',and 'Brand New Tennessee Waltz"'all done while he was enjoying Canadian hospitality as a result of a disagreement with the draft board in the late 60's and early 70's.The inability to tour the U.S. during this period cost him many potential fans and helps to explain his near anonymity today. This CD is a great way to catch up with this gifted singer songwriter. Any transplanted southerner can easily become homesick hearing "Mississippi You're On My Mind', or "Yankee Lady", I know I'm prone to fits of melancholia listening to them. But he's witty, and not without a sense of down home humor too, so the total package works out fine. If you like this sampler then you'll want to go into his available back catalogue for more hidden delights. He's touring again too and puts on a great live show. Just ask Lyle Lovett next time you see him."
This man sang lullabyes to my daughters over 20 years ago
Terry Saundry | Keysborough, Vic, Australia | 06/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A few years ago all of Jesse Winchester's albums were reissuedon CD.... If you are unable to find such classics as "Jesse Winchester", "Third Down, 110 To Go" and "Learn To Love It", then by all means get "The Best Of...".If you crave an intelligent, mature, cliche-free, direct, economical and very human singer-songwriter, then Jesse is your man. Oh, and he has a voice to kill for. On second thoughts, you'd better *not* buy this - it'll only make you wish you had all his albums!"
The Best, Period!!!
Patricia Frost | Atlanta, GA | 04/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I ordered this c.d. recently after istening to Jesse for over 20 years, and you won't be disappointed! Jesse is the most unique singer/songwriter I have ever known, and his songs, both lyrically and musically, will stay with you! Buy ALL of his c.d.'s - you will find really special music on each."
Missing some of the best...
Larry from Brooklyn | Brooklyn | 01/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes you wonder just who programs these things, even at Rhino. I've been a fan since "Yankee Lady", but the second most haunting and beautiful thing he ever did was on Learn to Love It in the the song "L'Air de Louisianne" (sorry, my spelling). Now, where is that on this disk? Anyway, without it, only four stars. Larry from Brooklyn"