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Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, Jessie Colter

Wanted - The Outlaws – 1996 (RCA)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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CDs by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, Jessie Colter

Twenty years ago, RCA released this landmark record, thus beginning the 'Outlaw' movement in country music and sending notice that the 'Nashville sound' was about to be changed forever. The Outlaw movement introduced country music to a new group of younger, more urban fans, and helped to make household names of artists Waylon, Willie, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter. This 21-song CD contains all of the original classics, "A Good Hearted Woman," "Suspicious Minds," "Put Another Log On the Fire," "I'm Looking For Blue Eyes" and "Yesterday's Wine." In addition, there are nine previously unreleased cuts.

As icing on the cake, Steve Earle's "Nowhere Road," recorded last year by Waylon and Willie, is included. This album is a collector's item for any country fan, or any fan of Waylon or Willie. The album's main weakness was that it did not feature enough of Tompall Glaser's music. Only two of his songs are included. The CD also has a 'stiff' production quality. Nonetheless, it represents a real milestone in the evolution of the country music art form and is still a lot of fun to listen to.