The Very Best of 1973-1988
This excellent compilation includes all the best of Dickey Betts’ best work between the mid-seventy and late 1980’s. The lone Allman Brothers Band track, “Ramblin’ Man,” was the Lord’s biggest radio hit ever, from 1973, penned and sung by Betts.
There are four tracks from his debut solo album, “Highway Call”, and a great live track with Betts joined by the Charlie Daniels Band and friends during a Volunteer Jam. “Sweet Mama,” written by Billy Joe Shaver rocks. There is also and live Betts track, “No Hard Times” that originally appeared on the Capricorn Records release “Hotel, Motels and Road Shows.”
Four tracks each from each of his Dickey Betts and Great Southern releases join two tracks from The Dickey Betts Band (featuring Warren Haynes and Matt Abts, later of Gov’t Mule, and keyboard wiz Johnny Neel.
It’s a great collection that flows along with ease, showcasing the various sides of Betts, from country to blues, jazz and even gospel. A fine tribute to “The Ramblin’ Man.”
-Michael Buffalo Smith