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Review Text Rhino's 18-track compilation The Best of Lefty Frizzell set the gold standard for Frizzell collections upon its release in 1991 and remains an excellent, succinct summary of his prime. It has since been surpassed in terms of comprehensiveness by Columbia/Legacy's 1997 double-disc set Look What Thoughts Will Do, which contained 34 songs, including every one that's on this disc, so the serious listener may prefer that to this relatively shorter collection, simply because it digs deeper into one of the richest catalogs in country music. Nevertheless, the Rhino disc may be a more effective introduction for neophytes, since it boils down his catalog to the 18 essentials, offering ample proof of Frizzell's genius as a songwriter and singer, including such classics as "If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time," "Look What Thoughts Will Do," "Always Late (With Your Kisses)," "The Long Black Veil," and "Saginaw, Michigan." Frizzell has often been imitated as a singer but never quite duplicated, and the music here is at the heart of his legend. It's necessary for any country collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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CD: 1

  1. 1. If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time) - 3:00
  2. 2. I Love You a Thousand Ways - 3:46
  3. 3. Look What Thoughts Will Do - 3:31
  4. 4. Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday) - 3:37
  5. 5. I Want to Be with You Always - 3:03
  6. 6. Always Late (With Your Kisses) - 3:08
  7. 7. Mom and Dad's Waltz - 3:04
  8. 8. Travelin' Blues - 3:56
  9. 9. Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) - 2:19
  10. 10. How Long Will It Take (To Stop Loving You) - 2:26
  11. 11. Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold) - 3:58
  12. 12. Forever (And Always) - 3:31
  13. 13. I'm an Old, Old Man (Tryin' to Live While I Can) - 3:30
  14. 14. Run 'Em Off - 3:08
  15. 15. I Love You Mostly - 3:34
  16. 16. Long Black Veil - 3:11
  17. 17. Saginaw, Michigan - 3:05
  18. 18. She's Gone, Gone, Gone - 2:24

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