Songs

Songs

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by Willie Nelson
     
 

Willie Nelson has been making records since 1956, and has been scoring major hit records since 1975, so trying to summarize his career on one CD is no small task. Songs is hardly the first attempt to do just that, with literally dozens of Nelson collections on the market, and there isn't much that's especially remarkable about this one, except for the fact thatSee more details below

Overview

Willie Nelson has been making records since 1956, and has been scoring major hit records since 1975, so trying to summarize his career on one CD is no small task. Songs is hardly the first attempt to do just that, with literally dozens of Nelson collections on the market, and there isn't much that's especially remarkable about this one, except for the fact that it makes a genuine attempt to follow the trajectory of Nelson's life in music, and focuses on Willie the songwriter as much as Willie the vocalist. Beginning with Nelson's early recordings of "Crazy" (appearing here in its original demo form) and "Touch Me," Songs throws in a few choice obscurities and fan favorites (such as the sardonic "Good Times" and the sweetly mournful "Yesterday's Wine") along with the hits and perennial classics, such as "On the Road Again," "Whiskey River," and "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain." The set does throw in a few offbeat versions of well-known tunes (a duet with B.B. King on "Night Life," for example) and surprise choices (how did Willie's jazzy version of "The Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie end up here, not to mention a duet with Brian McKnight?), but for the most part Songs collects most of the tunes most closely associated with Willie Nelson in one spot, and it's a pleasant and cohesive listen. But serious fans will have lots of this already and dabblers will probably wonder why some of the tunes they've never heard of are on board, so it's hard to say just who this disc is supposed to please. Points added for Colin Escott's excellent liner notes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2005
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602498620557
catalogNumber:
000230002
Rank:
51518

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Waylon Jennings   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer,Producer
Johnny Bush   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Joe Allison   Producer
Kenny Ascher   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Frank Callari   Producer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Freddy Joe Fletcher   Producer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Ronnie Light   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
Derek O'Brien   Producer
Fred Rose   Composer
James Stroud   Producer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Paul Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Dave Zettner   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Don Bowman   Composer
Mark Hubbard   Producer
Matt Serletic   Composer,Producer
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Wayne Thompson   Composer
Paul Stroud   Composer
Amy Nelson   Producer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Kevin Kadish   Composer
Mark Rothbaum   Executive Producer

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