Greatest Hits (Waylon Jennings album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Waylon Jennings
Released April 1979
Genre Country
Outlaw country
Label RCA Records
Producer Waylon Jennings
Ritchie Albright
Chet Atkins
Jack Clement
Tompall Glaser
Ken Mansfield
Chips Moman
Ray Pennington
Waylon Jennings chronology
I've Always Been Crazy
(1978)
Greatest Hits
(1979)
What Goes Around Comes Around
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (Not Rated)[2]

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Waylon Jennings, released in 1979 by RCA Records. It documents Jennings' outlaw country years for RCA and includes several of his most well-known signature songs, the most recent of which had been the title track of I've Always Been Crazy, released the year before. Not counting the Mackintosh & T.J. soundtrack album and the White Mansions concept album, Greatest Hits became Jennings' eighth consecutive release to reach #1 on the charts; it was also one of his last chart-topping records, with What Goes Around Comes Around, released that same year, peaking at #2.

In 1984, RCA issued this album on CD with all 11 tracks but in 1989, RCA/BMG issued an abridged version of this album, this version is currently available.

The album has been 5x Platinum certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and 3x Platinum by Music Canada.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

1979 release[edit]

  1. "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" (Young) – 3:38
    From Lonesome, On'ry and Mean (1973)
  2. "Ladies Love Outlaws" (Clayton) – 2:32
    From Ladies Love Outlaws (1972)
  3. "I've Always Been Crazy" (Jennings) – 4:11
    From I've Always Been Crazy (1978)
  4. "I'm a Ramblin' Man" (Ray Pennington) – 2:46
    From The Ramblin' Man (1974)
  5. "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line" (Bryant) – 2:20
    From Only the Greatest (1968)
  6. "Amanda" (McDill) – 2:56
    New overdub of a song that had appeared on The Ramblin' Man (1974)
  7. "Honky Tonk Heroes" (Billy Joe Shaver) – 3:27
    From Honky Tonk Heroes (1973)
  8. "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" (Bruce, Bruce) – 2:32
    From Waylon and Willie (1978)
  9. "Good Hearted Woman" (Jennings, Nelson) – 2:59
    • With Willie Nelson
    From Wanted! The Outlaws (1976)
  10. "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" (Emmons, Moman) – 3:19
    From Ol' Waylon (1977)
  11. "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" (Jennings) – 2:55
    From Dreaming My Dreams (1975)

1989 release[edit]

  1. "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" (Young) – 3:38
  2. "I've Always Been Crazy" (Jennings) – 4:11
  3. "Honky Tonk Heroes" (Shaver) – 3:27
  4. "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" (Emmons, Moman) – 3:19
  5. "I'm a Ramblin' Man" (Pennington) – 2:46
  6. "Amanda" (McDill) – 2:56
  7. "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys" (Bruce, Bruce) – 2:32 (with Willie Nelson)
  8. "A Good Hearted Woman" (Jennings, Nelson) – 2:59
  9. "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" (Jennings) – 2:55

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1[5]
U.S. Billboard 200 28[5]
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1[6]
Canadian RPM Top Albums 20[7]
New Zealand Albums Chart 9[8]
Preceded by
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
Million Mile Reflections by Charlie Daniels
Million Mile Reflections by Charlie Daniels
Gideon by Kenny Rogers
Top Country Albums number-one album
June 2, 1979
July 7 - August 25, 1979
September 8–15, 1979
October 13 - November 3, 1979
May 31, 1980
Succeeded by
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
Million Mile Reflections by Charlie Daniels
Million Mile Reflections by Charlie Daniels
Kenny by Kenny Rogers
Gideon by Kenny Rogers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Allmusic review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  2. ^ Marsh, Dave (1979-07-26). "Rolling Stone review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  3. ^ "RIAA searchable database". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  4. ^ "Music Canada searchable database". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  5. ^ a b "US chart history". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  6. ^ "RPM Country Albums/CDs - Volume 31, No. 16, July 14, 1979". RPM Magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  7. ^ "RPM Top Albums/CDs - Volume 31, No. 21, August 18, 1979". RPM Magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  8. ^ "NZ chart history". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-08-29.