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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 2/15/2005
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498620557
  • Catalog Number: 000230002
  • Sales rank: 57,940

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crazy (3:58)
  2. 2 Touch Me (2:13)
  3. 3 Good Times (2:27)
  4. 4 Yesterday's Wine (3:13)
  5. 5 Whiskey River (4:04)
  6. 6 Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer) (2:34)
  7. 7 It's Not Supposed to Be That Way (3:30)
  8. 8 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (2:21)
  9. 9 Good Hearted Woman (2:57)
  10. 10 Always on My Mind (3:32)
  11. 11 Just to Satisfy You (2:50)
  12. 12 Pancho and Lefty (4:48)
  13. 13 She Is Gone (2:58)
  14. 14 My Own Peculiar Way (3:38)
  15. 15 Funny How Time Slips Away (4:11)
  16. 16 Night Life - B.B. King (4:28)
  17. 17 Rainbow Connection (4:30)
  18. 18 Don't Fade Away - Brian McKnight (4:20)
  19. 19 Mendocino County Line (4:31)
  20. 20 On the Road Again (2:31)
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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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Songs" makes great companion piece!

    The perfect companion piece to “Revolutions of Time”. It has all the classics that were missing from the box set, like “Crazy” & “Good hearted woman”. Plus, a personal childhood favorite, “Rainbow Connection”, now with a Willie Nelson touch. It adds a little age to the song, but doesn’t take away from it’s magic. Overall the album is a great listen!!!

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