This Waylon Jennings collection from AAO Music offers up a smattering of the country icon's early tracks, many of which appeared on his first album, Waylon at JD's. The fidelity here leaves plenty to be desired, and it's clear that the future star was still cutting his teeth at this point as he runs through a variety of early-'60s country and rock covers like Roy Orbison's "Crying," George Jones' signature cut "White Lightning," and the Berry Gordy-penned Motown classic "Money (That's What I Want)." As the former bassist for Buddy Holly's Crickets, it's interesting to hear how much of a foothold Jennings still had in the rock & roll world at this point, but he had yet to acquire the confidence of his '70s outlaw country heyday.
Country Legend Review
by Timothy Monger