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  • Audio CD (December 27, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records/Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025HB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The year 1978, when this graceful, laidback holiday selection was recorded, was a commercial and artistic highlight for the redheaded stranger. The disc was produced by deep-soul giant Booker T., who lends his considerable funk-tinged keyboards and arranging prowess to the session as well. Like Stardust, the million-selling disc that Booker had also produced for Nelson that year, Pretty Paper is an exercise in restrained--yet emotional--outlaw country. The highlight is Nelson's lovely take on "Pretty Paper," a song he wrote and gave to Roy Orbison, who had a big hit with it in 1964. Meanwhile, the many holiday songs simply sparkle with a relaxed, happy vibe. Nelson shows that you can sing "Here Comes Santa Claus" and transform it into an unschmaltzy classic of mellow country boogie. Really. (Well, he could.) --Mike McGonigal

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on November 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This was Willie Nelson's first Christmas album, which was released in 1979. It reunited Willie with the musicians who worked on his classic Stardust album, including producer/organist Booker T. Jones. Most of the songs are traditional Christmas songs, with a couple of exceptions. "Pretty Paper" is a song written by Willie, although it was not written for this album. Roy Orbison had a hit with it in 1963, and Willie recorded his own version of it in 1964. The only original tune on the album is "Christmas Blues", which is an instrumental written by Willie and Booker T. This is a very good album, with Willie doing these songs in his own inimitable style.
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Willie Nelson's 1979 RIAA certified Platinum COLUMBIA LP entitled PRETTY PAPER (JC 36189) peaked at #11 on Billboard's C&W chart and #73 on their 200 Albums list. Most famous of its backing musicians is Booker T. Jones, also this set's arranger/producer.

The small group works best with Willie's modest vocal talents. PERSONNEL: Jones (keyboards); Paul English (drums); Chris Ethridge (bass); Rex Ludwick (drums); Jody Payne (guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Bee Spears (bass). Nelson also plays guitar.

Most here are holiday chestnuts, so it's a good guess that a lot of rehearsal wasn't necessary. These sessions have a casual, countryish feel. The title track is a Willie original first recorded by Roy Orbison in 1963.

Raphael's bass harmonica, offset by Booker T.'s organ counterpoint, gives their version of "Rudolph" a unique sound. Willie's take on "Jingle Bells" is another surprise highlight. "Silent Night" is also especially pretty. For the finale, "Bethlehem" segues into "Christmas Blues, an extended instrumental jam.

SIDE ONE
[2:22] Pretty Paper
[2:44] White Christmas
[2:24] Winter Wonderland
[2:10] Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
[2:08] Jingle Bells
[1:52] Here Comes Santa Claus

SIDE TWO
[2:36] Blue Christmas
[2:10] Santa Claus is Coming to Town
[2:23] Frosty the Snowman
[3:42] Silent Night, Holy Night
[1:27] O Little Town of Bethlehem
[3:12] Christmas Blues

TOTAL TIME: 29:10
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By L. Stroud on July 10, 2014
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I have loved this Christmas album for a very long time. I just needed to replace it since I had it on vinyl.
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By Gary A Bell on May 30, 2014
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My favorite Christmas song. We used to listen to this on every Christmas morning via record when I was growing up.
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By Elaine Mackay on January 20, 2014
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Always loved this Christmas cd. And love willie on anything he sings Favorite song is pretty paper but they all are great for the season
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Just a wonderful set of Christmas songs from Willie, Willie Nelson's voice wraps around and adds warmth to these Christmas classics.
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By JRRup on August 12, 2013
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Classic Willie Nelson sounds. Full of good Holiday music. His rendition of "Pretty Paper" is a classic. I would definately recommend this album.
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