Willie Nelson's Greatest Hits (And Some That Will Be) CD
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Here you'll find the C&W songs that made the whole world sing ("Good Hearted Woman," "On The Road Again," "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain," "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies...") Nelson's covers of songs made famous by Lefty Frizzell, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles are made fresh by sparse, accoustic guitar-based arrangements, keeping the spirit of the writers' originals. (Only "Faded Love," a duet with Ray Price, comes over a bit too sentimental and lush here).
Willie Nelson dressed his unique country music in the garb, hair and attitude of a rocker. This (and great songs played well) has endeared him to three generations of music fans and makes this one of any number of essential Nelson collections (Also check out "Stardust," "Red Headed Stranger," "Across The Borderline," and the Rhino collections "Shotgun Willie" and "Night Life.")
For the fan, a veritable feast;for the interested .....but not quite sure or the Nelson novice;a tremendous selection of twenty songs all superbly performed.From the irrepressible "On The Road Again"......surely one of the all time great foot tappers,? to all time modern country classics such as"Good Hearted Woman" and "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" this album is a treat.The haunting renditions of "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" and the Kris Kristofferson composition "Help Me Make It Through The Night" are complemented expertly with the humerous "If Youve Got The Money Honey Ive Got The Time" or the raunchy "Uncloudy Day"
Strangely Nelson himself has only three self penned songs from the twenty. In addition to the aforementioned "On The Road Again" they are "Heartaches Of A Fool " and the sensational "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground "
Yes I am biased as I am a "Willie Nelson " fan, however,I would recommend this album to the fan ,the person who wants to find out what Willie Nelson" is all about,or the music lover who wants variety in their collection......Try it! I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Before American country music went _entirely_ corporate-prefab (at least in Nashville), there was a little group of singers and songwriters that people dubbed the 'Outlaws'. Depending who you asked, this group tended to include at least Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Our Hero.
The tendency (with exceptions) was for these guys to be -- in contrast to the clean-cut down-home simple aw-shucks 'country boy' of popular fancy -- a bunch of rowdy long-haired hippie-redneck maverick-rebel-iconoclast good old bad old boys. It was speculated that they were occasionally less sober than judges, and it was even rumored that one or two of them might perhaps have smoked a little weed once in a while. Their voices were raw, they wore bandanas on their heads instead of around their necks, and their guitars were sort of twangy. The general impression was that you might not want your daughter to date them but they would probably be a helluva lot of fun to go drinking with.
Well, all right, that image was as carefully cultivated in its way as the one it was supposed to replace. But damn, these guys played _real_ country music, like Haink an' Loretty done. Turn on your local country radio station today and you'll hear the contrast at once.
Willie was and is the very coolest of this crew. By the measure of coolness alone, he stands in a class _almost_ by himself -- 'almost' because J.J. Cale and Neil Young also exist. In his way he's every bit as iconoclastic (and even surreal) as Neil. Like Neil, he's something of an acquired taste.Read more ›
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Great 2 LP set. The condition was just as described by the seller. There isn't a weak track on here and it has a lot of classics. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lew C.
Ah, Willie..... still love this album. Now I own it on tape, CD, and vinelPublished 3 months ago by Kathy B.
Lots of good music by Willie on this CD...play ever so often...Published 12 months ago by Larry A. Ryder
Had this on 331/3 long ago ~ have missed hearing Willie sing these classics!
Not a bad number in the lot! Good listening music...
bought the cd, however there was skips on the last 3 songs - this ruined a great cd of musicPublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer