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Milk Cow Blues

Willie NelsonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Milk Cow Blues (Album Version) [feat. Francine Reed] 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Black Night (Album Version) [feat. Dr. John] 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Rainy Day Blues (Album Version) [feat. Jonny Lang] 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Crazy (Album Version) [feat. Susan Tedeschi] 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Wake Me When It's Over (Album Version) 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Night Life (2000 Album Version) [feat. B.B. King] 4:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sittin' On Top Of The World (Album Version) 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. Texas Flood (Album Version) [feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd] 8:48$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Born April 30, 1933, the iconic Texas singer-songwriter Willie Nelson has earned a permanent position in pop music's pantheon with unforgettable songs that combine the sophistication of Tin Pan Alley with the rough-and-tumble grit and emotional honesty of country music. His six-decade-spanning catalog includes more than 60 studio albums in addition to live recordings, soundtracks, ... Read more in Amazon's Willie Nelson Store

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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: September 19, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B00004XT11
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ask a country legend like George Jones or Chet Atkins, and they will tell you they learned to play and sing from the neighboring bluesman/sharecropper. Likewise B.B. King is apt to mention that he tuned in the Grand Ole Opry growing up. Thus it feels natural for country's grand old hippie Willie Nelson to record a CD of blues standards--especially since he wrote some of them (see: "Night Life"). Producer and featured guitarist Derek O'Brien lays down a funky but relaxed bed for the King of Laid-Back and some serious musical synergy with veteran guests like Dr. John and the aforementioned King. Kenny Wayne Shepherd's incendiary guitar on "Texas Flood" notwithstanding, the contributions of the younger contingent (Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, Keb' Mo'), while heartfelt, seem more like perfunctory marketing ploys. Those who buy Milk Cow Blues for those names will be disappointed. Those who buy it for Willie will be delighted as he proceeds to show the youngsters (and all of us) what soul, and phrasing, and the blues are all about. --Michael Ross

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Willie Sings the Blues September 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Today saw the new release of Willie Nelson's new CD... "Milk Cow Blues".
I think it Willie's first blues CD, and, like always, it's "Willie" but this time with Keb Mo', Dr. John, Johnny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepard and BB King.
Interesting part is that Keb, Johnny, and Susan are singing vocals only on this album, no guitar playing. BB Kine and Kenny Wayne Shepard do play on their songs. And, as an added benefit, Jimmy Vaughn plays guitar on one of the two Susan Tedeschi tunes.
But it sounds great and I've always loved Willie, always will I suppose. The main blues guitarist on this album is Derek O'brian. Also you'll hear a couple of songs with Willie singing with Francine Reed, who I know only from Lyle Lovett's Big Band.
Have you ever heard Willie standards like "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Crazy" as full bore BLUES songs? You will on this album.
If you like Willie in general and you like the Blues you'll like this Album. If you like easy laid back -- mostly slow -- blues of any kind you'll probably like this album. Perfect dinner, or date, or relaxing music.
Willie shows us one more time, that he can sound at home with just about any genre of music -- what's next... Wille does a Hip Hop CD?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slick, but reliable September 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Have you ever heard a Willie Nelson album that didn't contain shades of the blues? This is certainly his most direct foray into the genre, but it undoubtedly remains a Willie Nelson record.

As Willie records are sometimes hit or miss, I was wary of this disc when I saw the number of guest artists appearing, but fear not - they all blend in marvelously, none overpowering the lazy, relaxed vibe maintained from beginning to finish. The guest vocalists don't dominate the song and always complement Willie's lead (and none better than B.B. King). The guest musicians treat Willie's guitar much the same.

No number immediately shines as a real standout, but none are stinkers, either. Willie's own compositions, especially "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Night Life" and "Crazy" fare best, but numbers that have become blues standards like "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Ain't Nobody's Business" satisfy as well.

All in all, another wonderful Willie album, but still four stars out of five as the production is flat and glossy, providing none of the texture necessary to make this a classic. You want to smell the smoke, taste the whiskey on this one, but it's just too clean. Still, it's a keeper - a marvelous follow-up to TEATRO.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Big Ole Willie World September 26, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
To anyone who's followed Willie Nelson for more than a few years, the idea of his cutting a blues album isn't so far-fetched. In Texas, music is a big ole bowl of gumbo with ingredients from just about everywhere. So not surprisingly, Willie's ridden through this territory before and after all, he DID write "Night Life," "Crazy" and "Funny How Time Slips Away."
That said, "Milk Cow Blues" is a worthy addition to the resume of Willie Nelson. The voice and phrasing is in excellent shape (for the blues, anyway) and the band (not his touring country unit) is excellent. "Black Night" simmers with the keyboards and low growl of Dr. John, and Derek O'Brien's electric guitar solo fits in the context of the song, something you don't usually see on these all star affairs. The sultry voice of Francine Reed decorates "Funny How Time Slips Away" and the title track. Another highlight is "Crazy" -- you really can't do more with this song than Willie does here, unless your name is Patsy Cline. Susan Tedeschi, his duet partner on "Crazy," gives it her all but she seems a bit out of her element here. She's better on "Kansas City."
I don't know, but on most of these songs I just wish Willie would have done them all by himself. Maybe that's why "Wake Me When It's Over" and "Lonely Street," while nothing really out of the ordinary, sound pretty good to my ears. And the CD's docked one half star each for yet another version of "The Thrill Is Gone" with B. B. King and for Jonny Lang (he can't sing!).
Country, blues, Tin Pan Alley, even rock and roll -- Willie does them all with the best. "Milk Cow Blues" is a great CD for a barbecue, a fall drive in the country or a late-night reverie in front of the fireplace. Willie Nelson is a national treasure; man, am I gonna miss this guy when he's gone!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good album that could have been much better July 8, 2001
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On this album Willie Nelson performs a number of different blues numbers, some of which he wrote (such as Rainy Day Blues) and some of which are great blues standards written by others (such as The Thrill is Gone, which was actually BB King's only top 40 hit). This album has renditions of several Willie Nelson classics such as Crazy and Night Life, and also includes guest appearances by such blues greats as BB King, Keb Mo, Johnny Lang, Dr. John, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and others. With that kind of talent, this CD should be better than it is. Unfortunately, I have the feeling that Nelson was never in the studio at the same time as the other performers. Instead, this CD sounds like one of those deals where the studio musicians laid down their tracks, Nelson showed up on a different day to lay down his tracks, and then the guest performers showed up on yet another day to lay down their tracks -- all separately done with very little musical interaction -- and the engineers did the rest.
The really great thing about albums which mix and match players in a REAL studio environment is that you can hear different musicians react to each other and almost provide a "jam" kind of feeling that occurs when performers with different musical styles collide and interact. On this album, however, all the performances seem to be siloed and sanitized, with very little dynamic interaction or even harmonies between Nelson's vocals and those of the other players. The vocals on Night Life, in particular, sound almost awkward in the way that King and Nelson fail to connect or interact. With this much talent represented on this CD, there are of course some high points but there are some low points as well, including a couple of painful flat notes from Susan Tedeschi on "Crazy." Overall, it's not a bad album, but it could have been much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Ten Willie!
I love this one, it turns out that Willie sounds pretty good singin' the blues, I was worried about the corny name at first, but if you enjoy yourself some blues go for this one! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Tripp Gazzer
3.0 out of 5 stars blues
I love the blues and I love willie nelson but I'm not too crazy about this cd. Not bluesy enough for me.
Published 1 month ago by sharon sanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Really loved this cd Willie is the best
I heard Willie Christmas song that sounded bluesy, and couldn't fine that, but found this just love it ,not one song is bad and so many songs
Published 3 months ago by debbiedoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything by Willie meetings my expectations!
This album was recommended to me by a Texan. It is different than most of my other Willie Nelson CDs, but I love it!
Published 8 months ago by Cathy Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Blues Album
Being from Texas I am partial to Willie Nelson. This is a great Blues album with some fantastic artists. I can't think of a bad cut on the CD.
Published 10 months ago by L. Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great.
It's great.Willie doing the blues. What could be better. Word of warning, I give Willie five stars on everything. If you like the blues and Willie you'll like this.
Published 13 months ago by Donald Herbst
5.0 out of 5 stars Best blues around
Anyone that likes Willie and the Blues will love this compilation of music. All of the guest performers are outstanding
Published 16 months ago by Marion Hennig
4.0 out of 5 stars Milk Cow Blues
Get yourself a copy. Get yourself the adult beverage of choice. Put the CD in player. Sit back and forget all about that idiot you work for, the idiots you work with, the idiots on... Read more
Published 17 months ago by J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Nelson: Milk Cow Blues
Oh my gosh - where have I been?!!? This is the best CD he has ever put together! I happen to hear it playing in a little store in Floyd Co, VA and ask the girl the name of it... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lynne Jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars not if you are in a hurry
cd took weeks to arrive and when it did the case was destroyed. cd plays fine and for the $5.00 price tag I couldn't go wrong
Published on October 11, 2011 by J. Booth
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