Very Best of Willie Nelson

The Very Best of Willie Nelson

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by Willie Nelson
     
 
This impressive 30-song, two-CD collection only scrapes the surface of an influential career that spans some 40 years. Nevertheless, THE VERY BEST OF WILLIE NELSON works beautifully on a couple of levels. For starters, it reminds us, as if we need to be reminded, of what a stellar song interpreter Nelson has always been -- a vocalist whose languorous approach belies

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This impressive 30-song, two-CD collection only scrapes the surface of an influential career that spans some 40 years. Nevertheless, THE VERY BEST OF WILLIE NELSON works beautifully on a couple of levels. For starters, it reminds us, as if we need to be reminded, of what a stellar song interpreter Nelson has always been -- a vocalist whose languorous approach belies an acute sense of what makes a song's narrative tick, and who explores those nuances as subtly and rhythmically as a jazz singer. Second, although most of the songs here were written by others, Nelson originals such as "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" (a live cut) compare favorably to some of the great pop standards in his repertoire. The cuts here date from 1974's "After the Fire Is Gone" (a scintillating duet with Tracy Nelson) to 1989's "Nothing I Can Do About It Now." Surprises? None, really. But there's nary a dull moment either. Hey -- it's Willie!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Spanning two discs and 30 songs, The Very Best of Willie Nelson isn't as sublime as Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be), which came close to capturing the essence of Willie Nelson's Columbia recordings in 20 tracks. The Very Best covers more ground and, technically, it has more charting hits, but it isn't as far-reaching and diverse as Greatest Hits, which gave equal ground to country, western swing, folk, and pop. This collection tends toward obvious choices, emphasizing covers of pop songs instead of his more obscure choices or original material. Consequentially, it isn't the most representative collection possible, but it will satisfy many casual fans who want Nelson's late-'70s and '80s hits and songs that sound like them.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646582527
catalogNumber:
65825
Rank:
2985

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
  2. Remember Me (When the Candle Lights Are Gleaming)
  3. If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time
  4. Georgia on My Mind
  5. Heartbreak Hotel
  6. All of Me
  7. Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning
  8. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
  9. On The Road Again
  10. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
  11. Always on My Mind
  12. Everything Is Beautiful (In It's Own Way)
  13. Let It Be Me
  14. Blue Skies
  15. Pancho and Lefty

Disc 2

  1. Whiskey River
  2. Forgiving You Was Easy
  3. To All The Girls I've Loved Before
  4. Why Do I Have To Choose
  5. Stardust
  6. Good Hearted Woman
  7. What a Wonderful World
  8. After the Fire Is Gone
  9. Help Me Make It Through The Night
  10. City Of New Orleans
  11. Pretty Paper
  12. Living In The Promiseland
  13. Nothing I Can Do About It Now
  14. Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
  15. Uncloudy Day

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist
Merle Haggard   Track Performer
Waylon Jennings   Track Performer
Leon Russell   Track Performer
Tracy Nelson   Track Performer
Julio Iglesias   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ed Bruce   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Willie Nelson   Arranger,Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Ray Stevens   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Jimmy Beck   Composer
Manny Curtis   Composer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
George Douglas   Composer
Fred Foster   Composer
Gary P. Nunn   Composer
Sharon Rice   Composer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Patsy Bruce   Composer
Donna Farar   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jim Beck   Composer
D.L. Jones   Composer
J.C. Thompson   Composer

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The Very Best of Willie Nelson 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The versions on this cd are the ones I like best of Willie's. I am really glad I bought this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this Cd, most of the songs are my favorites, I would of liked all of them to be, but no one can guess out of all the buyers which ones are their favorites. It isn't possible, but wouldn't it be nice to pick your favorites and it then be put on a CD? Oh well, I liked it anyway.I like the instrumental parts besides the singing. I don't think there is a song of his that I don't like.I would recommend it.