One for the Road

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One for the Road, Willie Nelson's duet record with fellow American music maverick Leon Russell, followed months after his freewheeling, jam-heavy double album Willie and Family Live. This record once a double LP, now a single CD wasn't recorded live and the songs run a little shorter, but it shares the same sort of loose spirit and easy-rolling eclecticism as the two, essentially backed by the Family, run through a mess of country and pop standards. The latter makes up for the second half and its appropriately a little more subdued feel, but it's earthier than Stardust and it makes a good companion for the irresistible first half, which is often cheerfully rowdy...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One for the Road, Willie Nelson's duet record with fellow American music maverick Leon Russell, followed months after his freewheeling, jam-heavy double album Willie and Family Live. This record once a double LP, now a single CD wasn't recorded live and the songs run a little shorter, but it shares the same sort of loose spirit and easy-rolling eclecticism as the two, essentially backed by the Family, run through a mess of country and pop standards. The latter makes up for the second half and its appropriately a little more subdued feel, but it's earthier than Stardust and it makes a good companion for the irresistible first half, which is often cheerfully rowdy particularly on the dynamite opening triptych of "Detour," "I Saw the Light," and "Heartbreak Hotel" and convincingly bluesy on the ballads and mid-tempo groovers like the excellent "Trouble in Mind." Both Nelson and Russell are known as sharp interpreters of other people's material, and teamed together, they might not reinvent these songs though they come close on "Heartbreak Hotel", but they infuse a lot of sound and spirit into these songs. It's a little bit too laid-back and easy to qualify as a no-holds-barred classic particularly on the second half, but that mellow charm is precisely why it's a small, priceless gem for any serious fan of either singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972393728
  • Catalog Number: 723937
  • Sales rank: 8,255

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Leon Russell Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Track Performer
Bonnie Raitt Slide Guitar
Maria Muldaur Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Jim Boatman Background Vocals
Ambrose Campbell Percussion
Paul English Drums
Chris Ethridge Bass
John Gallie Organ
Marty Grebb Saxophone
Rex Ludwick Drums
Jody Payne Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Producer
Janis Joplin Composer
Leon Russell Producer
Walter Gross Composer
Bernie Grundman Engineer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Roger Linn Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Traditional Composer
Robert Fletcher Composer
Beasley Smith Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    A Rather Slow Trip

    If I hadn't read the AMG review, the first three songs would have made me think this was a classic. It slows down then and never regains that energy. I know what was the second LP of a two record set was meant to be Stardust Two, but on a single CD it gives the project a schizoid feel. Willie was just starting to slow up after a red hot decade, but Leon Russell was on the way down. This is nothing like the roaring Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour with Joe Cocker, but I am interested enough to sometime check out the Best of Hank Wilson CD he put out.I think 3 stars is about right for this set - 3 1/2 for what was the first LP and 2 1/2 for the second.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Leaves Me Nearly Speachless

    As a long time Willie fan, this CD is like icing on a favorite cake. Even better than I expected it to be, I can't believe I didn't buy it sooner. So much music, so little time. Buy it you'll like it. I'm in cliche mode this morning but there you have it.

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