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Remember Me, Vol. 1 is exactly what its title portends it to be - the first set in a series of brand new recordings from Willie Nelson, recorded with his long-time friend and acclaimed producer James Stroud.

Nelson hand-selected many of his very favorite Billboard country and folk hits from the last 70 years for these special sessions. Included here are classics from Johnny Cash ( Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down ),
George Jones ( Why Baby Why ), Merle Haggard ( Today I Started Loving You Again ), Ray Price ( Release Me ) and Porter Wagoner ( A Satisfied Mind ).

Each of the fourteen tracks on Remember Me, Vol. 1 was a Top 10 Billboard hit, while over half of them went #1. The album is a veritable jukebox of the history of country music, interpreted as only Willie Nelson can. Look for Remember Me, Vol. 2 in the Spring of 2012.

1. Remember M
2. Sixteen Tons
3. Why Baby Why
4. Today I Started Loving You Again
5. I m Movin On
6. That Just About Does It
7. This Old House
8. Sunday Morning Coming Down
9. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!
10. Slowly
11. Satisfied Mind
12. Roly Poly
13. Release Me
14. Ramblin Fever

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: R&J Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Prime Cuts: This Old House, Release Me, Remember Me

Nelson has recorded so many covers album that he has given up trying to be novel. "Remember Me, Vol. 1" is the first in the wake of a series of covers of country classics. Unlike his 2006 "You Don't Me" where he tackles the Cindy Walker songbook or his 1978's "Stardust" where he indulges in jazzy standards, the songs here are not thematically linked. Rather, they are just Nelson's favourites with the bulk of them coming from the 1950s with the odd leap to Vern Gosdin's 1989 "That Just About Does It" and a dip back to the 40s with Tex Williams' "Smoke That Cigarette." And all of these 14 tracks here were bona fide hits, all of which had made it to the top 10 on the country or/and pop charts. Yet, what set this album apart is Willie Nelson's signature vocals: his often off beat tempo and his rugged weather-worn vocals immediately makes these songs undeniably Nelson. Further, superstar producer James Stroud (of Chris Young, Clint Black and Tim McGraw fame) has given these tracks a sympathetically understated backing at times even going more the route of western swing and at times giving them a string dreamy balladry feel. Overall, Stroud has given this disc an authentically old fashioned country flavour.

Fans who love Nelson in his contemplative best will fall for his beautiful rendition of Ray Price's "Release Me." Here Nelson takes his time to deliver what is perhaps one of his most moving performances. The same can be said of his take of Ernest Tubb's sensitive and nostalgic title cut "Remember Me." Most daring is Nelson's take of Rosemary Clooney's "This Old House." Instead of imbuing it with a big band jazzy feel or imitating Shakin' Stevens rockabilly take of it, Nelson has turned this 1954 no.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Infrequent Buyer on November 27, 2011
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I don't know if my love for this cd is owed mostly to the lovely fiddle beginning of Remember Me that happened to speak right to a mood I was in or to the fun of Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette), reminding me of the great songs my brother-in-law has played for our family, remembering every word without error! Willie has made brilliant choices on this 'album!' Great variety, including classics and spectactular retro novelty tunes!! Thank you, Willie!! You just keep sounding better and better! Happy Holidays!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marley on December 19, 2011
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If "Remember Me" dosen't cover all the bases and everything in-between, I don't know what to tell you....Because this just about does it all for me. It says everything. So put away all your old Bob Wills, George Jones, Merle Travis, Hank Snow and Kris Kristopherson albums. Put them all away because I don't know what else can be done to outdo Willie's versions of these 14 standards. It's all you'll need....That is until he releases "Remember Me Vol II".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Socrates Stewart on January 5, 2012
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Music lovers must be cautious when Willie Nelson releases a new album. He's so prolific, some are gems, some are mediocre, some are shameful, but this time Willie gives us a beautiful gem recording some of the best known songs in country music history.

In developing the style for this album, Willie and his produccer, James Stroud, who had an impressive resume as a session drummer through out the south and Nashville before becoming a sucessful country music producer, they did a masterful job of integrating classic Willie style with the style of the original songs as they are best remembered yielding a very enjoyable recording. Willie's singing is full of passion and lots of "Willie."

On the title track, "Remember Me," Willie reaches all the way back to the 1940's, Stuart Humblen's hit, embracing many elements of the original song including the ensemble of country fiddles in the introduction, and of course Willie has never had trouble singing a sad love song.

"Sixteen Tons" hit number one for Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1955, and like the original, Nelson's arrangement features the snapping fingers, harmonium, and drum beats, providing a fabulous recreation of this song about the abused mine worker who "sold his soul to the company store." Somehow, given today's economic climate, the song is suddenly chillingly more relevant again.

A country singer can never go wrong with a good recording of George Jones' composition, "Why Baby Why" recorded by its originator, Hank Locklin, Webb Pierce, Charley Pride, Patty Loveless, Red Sovine, and his own recording with Waylon Jennings.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on November 25, 2011
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In contrast to the deeper picks of last year's Country Music, this year's model has Nelson working through some of the most famous tunes in country music's chart history. Included are signature hits from Ernest Tubb ("Remember Me"), Merle Travis ("Sixteen Tons"), George Jones ("Why Baby Why"), Hank Snow ("I'm Movin' On"), Porter Wagoner ("A Satisfied Mind"), and many others. Nelson teams with Nashville session players and producer James Stroud (the `J' in the R&J record label) to record surprisingly straightforward and twangy covers of fourteen selections. The singularity of Nelson's artistry allows these simple recitations to escape the shadows cast by the original hits; the instant identifiably of his voice is all that's needed to make these songs his own. The result finds Nelson easily sharing the stage with both the songs and their famous originators, as if he were a cabaret singer taking a stroll through the great American songbook. It's just that the songbook in question is mostly Nashville's rather than Tin Pan Alley's.

The song list selects heavily from the 1950s, but dips back into the mid-40s and forward to Vern Gosdin's 1989 hit "That Just About Does It." The one pick from outside the country charts is Rosemary Clooney's 1954 pop chart-topper "This Old House." Nelson and Stroud set the latter into the song list with a light swing arrangement that's half way between Clooney's original and Shakin' Stevens' 1981 rockabilly cover. The swinging continues with Tex Williams' "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" and Bob Wills' "Roly Poly," providing balance to ballads that include a wonderfully idiosyncratic take on Ray Price's "Release Me.
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