Always on My Mind [Bonus Tracks]

Always on My Mind [Bonus Tracks]

by Willie Nelson
     
 

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Country had never heard anything quite like Willie Nelson's 1982 album Always on My Mind. Enlisting the services of producer Chips Moman (legendary for his work at Stax Records and with Elvis in the late '60s and early '70s), Willie deconstructed Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" (with some vocal help from

Overview

Country had never heard anything quite like Willie Nelson's 1982 album Always on My Mind. Enlisting the services of producer Chips Moman (legendary for his work at Stax Records and with Elvis in the late '60s and early '70s), Willie deconstructed Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" (with some vocal help from Waylon Jennings), and Paul Simon's "Bridge over Troubled Water," putting his own stamp on these well-turned songs with an approach that bridged country and pop-rock with dense, layered arrangements, lending the disc a moody ambiance. "Let It Be Me" gives the Everly Brothers' pop arrangement a fresh edge with searing alto sax solos. Kiss-offs don't get any more beautiful, or more scalding, than the one Nelson delivers in his self-penned blues ballad "Permanently Lonely." He turns the tables on himself in his "The Party's Over," a mid-tempo country meditation on his own failings as a significant other. Of course the key number here is the one Willie picked up from Elvis, "Always on My Mind," another exercise in self-recrimination featuring a stunning arrangement by Moman that blends gospel and pop -- simply beautiful and heartrending in every aspect. Two top-notch Nelson originals are bonus tracks here: the acoustic-based waltz "The Man Who Owes Everything," about a fellow who knows very well how to take but not how to give and is duly haunted throughout eternity; and a brisk shuffle, "I'm a Memory," another gleeful kiss-off song energized by a rich B3 organ, speed-picked acoustic guitar, and a female gospel chorus. A triumph of style and substance, Always on My Mind has aged most gracefully.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972414423
catalogNumber:
724144
Rank:
26402

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar
Waylon Jennings   Guest Appearance
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bobby Wood   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Johnny Christopher   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bobby Emmons   Keyboards
Mike Leech   Bass
John Marett   Saxophone
Chips Moman   Guitar,Background Vocals
Toni Wine   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar
Gary Talley   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Gary Brooker   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
David Cherry   Producer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Manny Curtis   Composer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
Bobby Emmons   Composer
Gregg Geller   Reissue Producer
Chips Moman   Composer,Producer
Gary P. Nunn   Composer
Keith Reid   Composer
Brian Hagiwara   Cover Art
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Donna Farar   Composer
J. Christopher   Composer
W. Thompson   Composer
David Greenhill   Producer
Rick Petreycik   Liner Notes

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