American Classic

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All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
When Willie Nelson took the unexpected step of releasing Stardust in 1978, many predicted that the album of popular standards would severely derail the outlaw country singer's career. Confounding the critics, the disc became Nelson's best-selling effort, and spawned a whole subgenre of modern singers covering the classics. Nelson revisited the format with 1994's orchestral Healing Hands of Time and to varying degrees on several other records, but it wasn't until 2009's American Classic that the red-headed stranger delivered an album billed as the true follow-up to Stardust. Released on the venerable Blue Note label, the disc features guest appearances by superstar jazz ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
When Willie Nelson took the unexpected step of releasing Stardust in 1978, many predicted that the album of popular standards would severely derail the outlaw country singer's career. Confounding the critics, the disc became Nelson's best-selling effort, and spawned a whole subgenre of modern singers covering the classics. Nelson revisited the format with 1994's orchestral Healing Hands of Time and to varying degrees on several other records, but it wasn't until 2009's American Classic that the red-headed stranger delivered an album billed as the true follow-up to Stardust. Released on the venerable Blue Note label, the disc features guest appearances by superstar jazz singers Norah Jones and Diana Krall, but the focus is always placed squarely on Nelson's famously idiosyncratic vocals. American Classic does not feature Nelson's veteran band, but rather a core group of first-call studio jazz cats including Christian McBride on bass, Joe Sample on piano, and Lewis Nash on drums. The resultant sound is smooth, classy, and subtle -- a sonic horse of a different color from the exquisitely ramshackle earthiness that made Stardust so appealing and unusual. On tunes such as the jaunty, gently swinging "On the Street Where You Live" and "Since I Fell for You," which features longtime Nelson cohort Mickey Raphael on bluesy harmonica, Nelson sounds comfortable and in command, gliding effortlessly and soulfully over a great set of tunes played by top-notch pros.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099926719726
  • Catalog Number: 67197
  • Sales rank: 13,352

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Nearness of You (4:44)
  2. 2 Fly Me to the Moon (2:51)
  3. 3 Come Rain or Shine (3:57)
  4. 4 If I Had You - Diana Krall (4:22)
  5. 5 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:56)
  6. 6 I Miss You So (4:32)
  7. 7 Because of You (3:24)
  8. 8 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Norah Jones (3:59)
  9. 9 Angel Eyes (4:34)
  10. 10 On the Street Where You Live (2:57)
  11. 11 Since I Fell for You (3:41)
  12. 12 Always on My Mind (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Joe Sample Piano
Robert Hurst Bass
Lewis Nash Drums
Jeff Clayton Alto Saxophone
Jim Cox Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Christian McBride Bass
Diana Krall Piano, Vocals
Anthony Wilson Guitar
Norah Jones Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Joe Sample rhythm arrangement
Harold Arlen Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Arthur Hammerstein Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Ned Washington Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Steve Genewick Engineer, Digital Editing
Earl Brent Composer
Burton Yount Art Direction
M. James Composer
J. Henderson Composer
T. Waller Composer
B. Howard Composer
R. Connelly Composer
M. Dennis Composer
D. Wilkinson Composer
B. Scott Composer
W. Thompson Composer
H. Brooks Composer
S. Robbin Composer
John L. Christopher Jr. Composer
W. B. Johnson Composer
J. Campbell Composer
T. Shapiro Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful CD

    This truly is the quintessential follow-up to Stardust. I enjoyed every song on the album and found Willie to be in excellent voice. I loved the piano. Sounded eerily like Diana Krall though I know it was a fellow named Joe Sample (I think). I've listened to this cd over and over and will continue to do so. Way to go, Willie, and congratulations.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    I was excited about this album after I heard the Krall-Nelson duet on the radio so ordered it immediately. It is a disappointment. The duet, in my opinion, is the best track on the album, with the Nora Jones track second. Old Willie just doesn't seem to add anything to the zillions of recordings of these old favorites. His voice is tremulous and weak and the interpretations soupy and very standard. I did enjoy some of the musicianship, esp. piano stood out, on some of the pieces. Otherwise, not a great album. I like Willie Nelson, but this doesn't seem a great addition to his repertoire.

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