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Don Williams

Greatest Hits Volume Two – 2001 (RMG)

Reviewed by Mike Clark

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One of the most unfortunate aspects of Music Row is its lack of respect for its older artists; Don Willams is a classic example of an artist who still makes incredibly fine music but has to ply his trade for smaller imprints. This CD is a fine addition to the Texas troubadour's catalog.

From "We're All The Way" to "I Believe in You," Williams' smooth baritone shows few signs of age. And in a day where studio glitz reigns supreme, the gentle acoustic spirit in Williams' live set is most welcome. A simple glance at the songwriters' credits illustrates the quality behind the recording. From Roger Cook's "I Believe in You" and Allen Reynolds' "We Should Be Together" to Bob McDill classic CD closer, "I Recall A Gypsy Woman," the tunes flow from the pens of some of Nashville's greatest. And who else could make a country classic from a tune by English folk/popsters Gallagher and Lyle?

While the inclusion of more detailed recording information (dates, venues, etc.) would have been nice, this is a quiet little gem.