The Outlaws set is a reissue of the classic 1976 LP featuring Waylon, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Waylon’s wife, Jessi Colter. The original album blew the lid off of conservative country and paved the way for the likes of Steve Earle. He pays the compliment back by producing a new cut for the CD, “Nowhere Road.” There are also nine “lost” cuts from the original sessions. Pretty much everything on this CD is wonderful. Highly recommended, especially if you think today’s country hitmakers are doing anything original or daring.
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