Best (Robert Earl Keen album)

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Best
Greatest hits album by Robert Earl Keen
Released November 7, 2006
Recorded Jul 1992 - Aug 12, 1995
Genre Alternative country
Length 75:18
Label Koch
Robert Earl Keen chronology
Live at the Ryman
(2006)
Best
(2006)
Marfa After Dark
(2008)

Best, a compilation album by Texas-based Folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, released by Koch Records on November 7, 2006. The album features songs from six of Keen's previous albums: No Kinda Dancer, A Bigger Piece of Sky, No. 2 Live Dinner, Farm Fresh Onions, What I Really Mean, and Live at the Ryman.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Mark Deming gave the album 3½ start stating: "Robert Earl Keen is an archetypal Texas singer/songwriter, someone who can mine both laughter and tragedy from life along the dusty margins of life in the Lone Star State... a comprehensive and well-programmed compilation offering a fully rounded introduction to his music would be more than welcome. However, 2007's Best isn't quite that album... If you're looking for a concise, career-spanning overview of Robert Earl Keen's long career in music, Best isn't as much help as you might wish, but the consistent quality is a sure convincer."[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Robert Earl Keen except where noted

  1. "No Kinda Dancer" - 3:07
  2. "Willie" - 2:36
  3. "Armadillo Jackal" - 3:26
  4. "Paint the Town Beige" - 4:34
  5. "Whenever Kindness Fails" - 3:38
  6. "Corpus Christi Bay" - 3:59
  7. "Merry Christmas from the Family" - 3:54
  8. "The Road Intro" - 5:08
  9. "The Road Goes on Forever" - 7:45
  10. "Furnace Fan" - 3:58
  11. "All I Have Is Today" - 3:28
  12. "Let the Music Play" (Keen, Bill Whitbeck) - 5:36
  13. "For Love" - 4:24
  14. "Mr. Wolf and Mama Bear" - 3:46
  15. "Ride" - 3:45
  16. "Feeling Good Again" - 3:15
  17. "Gringo Honeymoon" - 4:53
  18. "I'm Comin' Home" - 4:17

Personnel[edit]

  • Robert Pool - Fender Bass
  • Dan Augustine – horn arrangements, trombone, tuba
  • Danny Barnes – banjo
  • Rich Brotherton – audio production, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, rhythm guitar, producer, vocal harmony
  • Nick Connolly – organ
  • Bryan Duckworth – fiddle
  • Dave Durocher – drums, vocal harmony, backing vocals
  • Joe Ely – pedal steel
  • Denice Franke – vocal harmony, vocals, backing vocals
  • Nanci Griffith – vocal harmony, backing vocals
  • Fred Gumaer – drums
  • John Hagen – cello
  • Melissa Story Haycraft – executive producer
  • Dan Huckabee – dobro
  • Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – audio production, acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, producer, vocals
  • Mike Landschoot – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Randy LeRoy – mastering
  • Lyle Lovett – vocal harmony, backing vocals
  • Lloyd Maines – audio production, pedal steel, producer
  • George Marinelli – electric guitar, vocal harmony, backing vocals
  • Ian McLagan – organ
  • Eamon McLoughlin – fiddle, viola
  • Marty Muse – pedal steel
  • Riley Osborne – piano
  • Chuck Rhodes – production coordination
  • Phil Richey – trumpet
  • Elliott Rogers – backing vocals
  • Bill Schas – trombone
  • Michael Snow – bodhran, tenor banjo
  • Jay Spell – accordion
  • Tommy Spurlock – acoustic guitar, gut string guitar, lap steel guitar, pedal steel
  • Marty Stuart – mandolin
  • Paul Sweeney – mandolin
  • Garry Tallent – electric bass, upright bass
  • Tom Van Schaik – drums, percussion
  • Garry Velletri – audio production, producer
  • Bill Whitbeck – bass, electric bass
  • Elizabeth Yoon – art direction, design
  • Jonathan Yudkin – violin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Deming, M. Allmusic Review accessed December 24, 2010