Four fantastic early 70s albums from Waylon Jennings – all brought together in a single set! First up is Singer Of Sad Songs – a real career-changing record from Waylon Jennings – a set that's a few years before his big
burst of fame, but which already shows him exploring the kind of material and direction that would fuel that later fire! Lee Hazlewood is on board for some of the production, and the tunes are a really well-chosen batch of numbers that shake loose from some of the more commercial or folksy work that Jennings was recording for RCA a few years before – and starting to open up into some of the cooler country currents that were coming from the underground. The set features a wonderful version of the Lee Hazelwood tune "She Comes Running" – "Time Between Bottles Of Wine", "Sick & Tired", "No Regrets", "Honky Tonk Woman", "Rock Salt & Nails", "Donna On My Mind", and "Must You Throw Dirt In My Face". The Taker/
Tulsa is seminal 70s work from Waylon Jennings – a set recorded at a time when the singer was really starting to break from the rest of the country music pack! The set features some great tunes penned by the young Kris Kristofferson – a hint at the sort of vibe going on here, as Jennings was starting to bring in some more interesting material to his performances – which here often including some nicely stripped-down instrumentation that hints at the outlaw sound to come! Titles include "The Taker", "You'll Look For Me", "Lovin' Her Was Easier", "Six White Horses", "Casey's Last Ride", "Sunday Mornin' Coming Down", "Tulsa", and "Grey Eyes You Know". Good Hearted Woman is a record that would give Waylon Jennings one of his big
songs of the 70s – the great title track co-written with Willie Nelson, and a real blueprint for the growing outlaw vibe the pair would soon inhabit! Ronny Light handles a lot of the production, with that fresh style that's newly respectful of Waylon in comparison to some 60s recordings – sparkling nicely here on tunes that include nicely mature themes that really show the depths that Jennings could offer when given a chance. Titles include "Do No Good Woman", "To Beat
The Devil", "One Of My Bad Habits", "The Same Old Lover Man", "Good Hearted Woman", and "It Should Be Easier Now". Ladies Love Outlaws has a hokey title – but the set's the sort that laid the groundwork for the big
rise of Waylon Jennings in the 70s – full of material that includes some classics penned by Waylon himself, plus more from Hoyt Axton, Mickey Newbury, and Lee Clayton! The production is nicely modern – RCA finally getting things right with a singer of this depth – and titles include "Thanks", "Frisco Depot", "Sure Didn't Take Him Long", "Crazy Arms", "Revelation", "Never Been To Spain", and "Under Your Spell Again".