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2009 release from the Country/Pop icon. American Classic is Willie Nelson's return to the Great American Songbook, a crossover standards album by the man who invented the genre with his landmark, best-selling 1978 album Stardust, which has been certified five-times Platinum by the RIAA. Produced by Tommy LiPuma and featuring guest duet partners Norah Jones on the classic tale of seduction 'Baby It's Cold Outside' and Diana Krall on 'If I Had You.'

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Nearness Of You
  2. Fly Me To The Moon
  3. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  4. If I Had You (feat. Diana Krall)
  5. Ain't Misbehavin'
  6. I Miss You So
  7. Because Of You
  8. Baby It's Cold Outside (feat. Norah Jones)
  9. Angel Eyes
  10. On The Street Where You Live
  11. Since I Fell For You
  12. Always On My Mind


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B0029F2EVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Robert G Yokoyama VINE VOICE on August 25, 2009
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Willie sounds great on this new disc of American song standards. This music puts me in a good mood. The musicians on the disc are so good. I love Mickey Raphael on the bluesy harmonica on the track "Since I Fell You". Joe Sample plays the piano on the "On The Street Where You Live". This song is pleasant to listen to. Joe provides the musical arrangements for these tracks. Every track sounds new and fresh, so Joe does his job well here. Willie duets with Diana Krall on "If I Had You" and Norah Jones on the track "Baby It's Cold Outside". Their vocal talents give these classic tracks a sensual sound that I love. "Angel Eyes" is a song about missing a loved one. This song sounds very romantic. Because Of You is a very pretty song. I like the sax playing on this track. I like the sentimental feeling Willie sings with on the track "Come Rain Or Come Shine". "Always On My Mind" is Willie's original song. I have never heard this song featuring piano playing before, and it sounds beautiful. This is a very enjoyable disc of music from Willie Nelson.
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American Classic by Willie Nelson is an attempt to revisit his success from 30 years ago with Stardust. The results are rather mixed. Nelson starts the CD out pretty good with solid takes on "The Nearness Of You" and "Fly Me To The Moon". These seem to work well because they are very laid back and mellow which suits Nelson's style. The same could also be said of "Because Of You". Yet on "Come Rain Or Shine" and "I Miss You So" Nelson seems to strain his voice on the chorus at times. This leaves the songs feeling forced, and he is capable of better. However, American Classic really stumbles on the two duets "If I Had You" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside". Nelson has no chemistry at all with Diana Krall on the former, and the latter is kind of creepy with the 76 year old Nelson paired up with the Norah Jones who is a mere 30. Both of these songs are disappointing because Nelson has had so many wonderful duets over the years. Check out his 2004 CD It Always Will Be (see my review) for an example of good chemistry and great songs - this is notable because he teamed up with Jones with far better results. The closer is a rather uninspired take of his classic "Always On My Mind". Nelson should probably stop going to the well on that one and let the myriad of other good recordings stand in people's memory.

This may sound a little harsh, but Nelson is capable of producing a lot better than this as his body of work over 50 years proves. For other artists American Classic might be good enough, but not Willie. There are some good songs on the CD, but it just doesn't live up to what he's done in the past.
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It is not country, but from an all-round artist like Willie Nelson, you can expect anything.
Great Job, Willie, I love the CD.
The classics, in a way as only you can make them come alive.
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Every song here is given a wise and heartfelt (soulful) treatment, and they are great songs. What more could one wish for? I have listened to this album up close and personal on my car's CD player, and I know each song/performance intimately as a result. I do not have time to describe each, but I must say that I do not understand the negative reactions of some of the other reviewers. My love for this album made me want to write this to offset that wrongheaded reaction. This is one of the most consistently endearing and engaging things Willie Nelson has ever recorded. Maybe it helps to be getting old and to love his old but wise vocals. He's laid back, but laid back like a fox. The man knows how to sing and how to interpret, and knows less is more if you know what you are doing. If the samples are not enough, and they may not be, borrow it from your local library and drive around with it for a week or two. If you give it half a chance, this music making crawls into a permanent place in your heart. This is Willie Nelson, and music making, at their very best. Don't be discouraged by the negative reviews some have written. Try it for yourself.

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This is a pleasing CD to listen to. I was hoping for a blockbuster like STARDUST,but that CD was one of a kind. Still,Willie sings the old standards quite well. I thoroughly enjoyed this effort.
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I owned this on cd, but wanted to have it on my kindle and I'm not tech savvy enough to know how to transfer it - if that's possible. I especially love "Always on my Mind" with just piano accompaniment. The duets are perfect, but my favorites are Willie singing alone, giving special new meaning to old songs. I believe this is as good or better than "Stardust" done decades ago. His older, yet still strong voice, adds an emotional edge to his singing. It's a keeper.
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I love Willie Nelson.
He is a pure original.
I remember the album that put him on the general map: "Stardust". It was unbelieveably good. I suppose this album was meant to follow in those footsteps but it just isn't there.
Willie is great as always, and his co-artists are superb. But the choice of material is generally not great. There are one or two good tunes but the majority fall flat.
He would have been better served by having someone reach further into the great American Songbag.
For example:Diana Krall and Willie singing "You've got to See Mama Every Night," would have been killer.
I could take 15 minutes and suggest a better album mix for him (probably the majority of his fans could as well). Maybe he ought to have a contest!
Ah well, Excelsior.
Herb Sontz
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