La Croix D'amour
Label: Rhino/Warner Records
Dwight Yoakam did as much to change the perceptions of country music with the songs he covered as with those he wrote. Opening up with The Beatles' "Things We Said Today," this collection of covers and album cuts was initially only available as an import. Highlighted by his takes on "Suspicious Minds" and "Truckin'" (yes, by the Dead), the album well illustrates Yoakam's staunch refusal to be pigeonholed in a single musical category. His version of The Seeds' garage-psyche gem "Hey Little Girl" is another major high point.