Tompall Glaser was one of the leading lights of outlaw country, and before he struck out on a solo career, he made a name for himself with his brothers, who had several country hits in the early '70s. Though they rarely cracked the Top Ten -- only "Rings" went into the upper reaches of the country charts -- they made some of the best music of the era, turning out music that sounded country but had distinct elements of rock and pop and even post-Dylan singer/songwriterism. Clearly, they laid the groundwork for outlaw with this music and Glaser, along with Waylon and Willie, was one of the key figures of the movement, but for some reason he never became a legend and he and his brothers kind of faded into the history books by the late '80s. No good collection of their music existed for years, not until Collector's Choice Music issued The Best of Tompall Glaser & the Glaser Brothers late in 2001. Though it spins heavily toward the brothers' recordings -- a full 18 or the 24 tracks are Glaser Brothers sides -- that's fine, because that's where the great majority of the charting hits and great music was made. Perhaps the collection could have been a double-disc set, giving both sides of Glaser's career equal time, but what's here is tremendous, offering proof that Tompall and his brothers did indeed deserve to stand alongside Waylon, Willie, and Kris Kristofferson as one of the great progressive country icons of the '70s. Few reissues in 2001 were as essential and as necessary as this.