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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2004
This disc has been remastered, and three tracks have been added. But even before that it was an excellent collection. For the casual fan, every track that should be here is here. It may be missing some of his recent stuff, but the classics are all included. The love songs, the cowboy songs, and everything inbetween. These hits and "Stardust" might be all you'll ever need from "Willie". Timeless.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Willie has had a long and distinguished career but the period covered by this compilation was particularly successful. He had plenty of success during the rest of the eighties with such classics as Always on my mind, City of New Orleans, To all the girls I've loved before and Seven Spanish angels, but you must look elsewhere for them. Even without them, this is a very strong compilation.

Despite recording some excellent music in the sixties and early seventies, Willie only became a major star after he signed to Columbia in 1975. He immediately hit big with his first album (Red headed stranger) and the single from it, a cover of Blue eyes crying in the rain (an old Roy Acuff song) that became a major country and pop hit in America. Many other hits followed including a lot of duets -so many that you could fill a boxed set with them.

Willie's classic solo country hits (some covers, some originals) are represented by If you've got the money I've got the time, Uncloudy day, Help me make it through the night, My heroes have always been cowboys, On the road again and a few others.

Willie's duets are represented by Good hearted woman and Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys (both with Waylon Jennings) as well as Faded love (with Ray Price - and Crystal Gayle singing backup harmony) and Heartbreak hotel (with Leon Russell).

Another aspect of Willie's career was the series of albums he recorded featuring songs from the Great American Songbook. The first and most famous of these albums was Stardust. It is the only songbook album from which tracks are taken and is represented here by Georgia on my mind and All of me, the latter being one of three bonus tracks added to this re-mastered edition of the compilation, the other two being Remember me and Midnight rider.

If you only want one collection of music by Willie Nelson, this is a good one to choose if just want a single CD or if you are mainly interested in the songs that established him as a major star. For a broader look at his career, try the double CD Essential or the triple CD Revolutions of time. Even if you buy one of those, you may find that this is a useful second purchase despite some duplication.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2014
I'm not necessarily a country music fan. But Willie Nelson's music is universal in its appeal because it is, in its essence, soul music. Mr. Nelson takes up permanent residence in your heart and never leaves. This CD takes full measure of Willie Nelson's gift to popular culture, as well as its music. He remains true to his fans, while at the same time welcomes newcomers with entry-level anthems like Georgia on My Mind. And just when you take the bait, he hooks your heart with My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. A sentiment I can understand, because my hero has always been Willie Nelson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This CD brings together many of my favorite Willie Nelson songs. It's just the thing for someone who wants to hear the familiar hits.
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on January 4, 2014
Willie Nelson's music is timeless! Willie brings joy to all ages! Just great music at a great price! What a great Christmas gift I gave that was enjoyed by all. My handicapped brother saw willie in concert and I was able to provide years of ongoing joy through this record. Thank god for willie and his music!
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on July 15, 2013
If you are a fan of Willie, as I have been for many years, you will love this collection of some popular and some slightly known songs, these have been digitally remastered and are purfect for your MP3 player.
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on March 22, 2014
The album had all of our favorites, and frankly represents the second one we have owned. The first wore out, so the only solution was to order two just in case.
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on February 2, 2014
Some of the greatest country music ever recorded !! I have Willie's music on records, 8-track, cassettes, and CD's !! Never get tired of listening to him !!
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on June 7, 2013
I bought this cd for my husband. He loves Willie"s songs. He could listen to him all day long. He had been asking me to order this particular one.
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on October 4, 2013
I bought this CD because i had previously owned it and it had all my favorite songs.
Its essential Willie and will ever let anyone down!
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