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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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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. [A Barnes & Noble exclusive was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099968480226
  • Catalog Number: 64802

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist
Diana Krall Track Performer
Norah Jones Track Performer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Lightning Strikes Twice

    If you liked Stardust -- and who didn't -- you will love this too. Pour me a glass of wine and dim the lights. Way to go Willie!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Willie can do what he wants

    Sportscaster and NFL great Alex Karras once commented on a long camera shot of the Oakland Raiders' Pro Bowl defensive lineman, Otis Sistrunk. "He's big, he's strong, he eats a lot of garlic, and as far as I'm concerned, he can do anything he wants." Same idea applies for Willie Nelson.

    Sting, Rod Stewart, Ronstadt and lots of other rockers and venue-jumpers haven't resisted the lure of the "big" standards from mid-20th century and earlier. Willie hasn't either. His mature phrasing and his refusal to be rushed help his performances lot. His melodic paraphrasing tends to be limited to the blues scale, where a true standards singer would have more notes available to choose from. But that's more of a quibble. He gives plausible readings to a wide variety of material, including gospel.

    The guy wrote "Crazy," "Night Life," "Funny How Time Slips Away." He's got the credentials. Leave him alone. If you don't like it, don't buy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not another country release

    Iam a fan of all of Nelson's standard disks. I never appreciated the quality of his voice until a started buying his easy listening releases. This is another winner.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    If you haven't listened to Stardust, skip this album and choose Stardust instead

    I am not a huge Willie fan, only an occassional interest. I purchased the new album and also Stardust, based on the many mentions. I play both but prefer Stardust to this album. (I didn't buy it the first time around since I was too young. I do enjoy that Willie's talent/career is long enough to endure 30 years. It's refreshing in an increasingly youth-obsessed popular culture.) Back to the album, this album is solid, not a huge disappointment, but Stardust is magical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One recording too far.

    I've been a Willie Nelson fan for over thirty years, but I wish I would have left this one alone.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Whuut?

    Puhleze! Willie, are you kidding or what? Even your most ardent fans can't take this seriously. It's time to go.

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