The Winning Hand [Sony]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1982, Willie Nelson, at a commercial peak, was recording prolifically, releasing albums not only under his own name alone, but also in duos with other artists. Still, this record was more expansive than most, a double LP featuring Nelson, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, and Kris Kristofferson in solo performances and in duets. The genesis of the unusual project may have been Nelson and Parton's debt of gratitude to Monument Records and its founder, Fred Foster. The label had fallen on hard times lately, and The Winning Hand seems to have been an attempt to reactivate it. Kristofferson had recorded for Monument since 1970 and his two solo selections on the album, "Here ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1982, Willie Nelson, at a commercial peak, was recording prolifically, releasing albums not only under his own name alone, but also in duos with other artists. Still, this record was more expansive than most, a double LP featuring Nelson, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, and Kris Kristofferson in solo performances and in duets. The genesis of the unusual project may have been Nelson and Parton's debt of gratitude to Monument Records and its founder, Fred Foster. The label had fallen on hard times lately, and The Winning Hand seems to have been an attempt to reactivate it. Kristofferson had recorded for Monument since 1970 and his two solo selections on the album, "Here Comes That Rainbow Again" and "The Bandits of Beverly Hills," had been released as a single the year before. Lee had no association with Monument, but must have welcomed the opportunity to record with currently bigger stars like Nelson. The result is a typically mixed collection of remade oldies and new songs. Going with the two big stars, Monument released Parton and Nelson's rendition of Parton's "Everything's Beautiful" and was rewarded with a Top Ten country hit. Lee and Nelson's "You're Gonna Love Yourself In the Morning" was also a country chart entry. Other highlights include Kristofferson's "Here Comes That Rainbow Again" a musicalization of a passage in The Grapes of Wrath, Kristofferson and Lee's remake of his 1978 song "The Bigger the Fool, the Harder the Fall," Nelson and Kristofferson's remake of Nelson's 1967 song "To Make a Long Story Short, She's Gone," and Nelson's "King of a Lonely Castle." [When The Winning Hand was released originally as a double LP running only an hour, it was something of a ripoff for the money; since reissued as a single budget-priced CD, it's now a bargain.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/1995
  • Label: COL. SPEC. PROD
  • UPC: 766927506741
  • Catalog Number: 75067

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're Gonna Love Yourself (In the Morning) - Brenda Lee (2:58)
  2. 2 Ping Pong - Brenda Lee (2:20)
  3. 3 You'll Always Have Someone - Brenda Lee (3:01)
  4. 4 Here Comes That Rainbow Again - Brenda Lee (2:55)
  5. 5 The Bigger the Fool, the Harder the Fall - Brenda Lee (3:44)
  6. 6 Help Me Make It Through the Night - Brenda Lee (3:50)
  7. 7 Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - Brenda Lee (2:21)
  8. 8 You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago - Brenda Lee (2:49)
  9. 9 To Make a Long Story Short (She's Gone) - Brenda Lee (3:07)
  10. 10 Someone Loves You Honey - Brenda Lee (2:52)
  11. 11 Everything's Beautiful (In Its Own Way) - Brenda Lee (3:17)
  12. 12 Bring on the Sunshine - Brenda Lee (2:52)
  13. 13 Put If Off Until Tomorrow - Brenda Lee (2:28)
  14. 14 I Never Cared for You - Brenda Lee (2:24)
  15. 15 Casey's Last Ride - Brenda Lee (4:10)
  16. 16 King of a Lonely Castle - Brenda Lee (3:20)
  17. 17 The Little Things - Brenda Lee (2:36)
  18. 18 The Bandits of Beverly Hills - Brenda Lee (2:27)
  19. 19 What Do You Think About Lovin' - Brenda Lee (2:41)
  20. 20 Born to Love Me - Brenda Lee (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kris Kristofferson Track Performer
Willie Nelson Track Performer
Dolly Parton Track Performer
Brenda Lee Track Performer
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Liner Notes
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Ray Stevens Composer
Bill Justis String Arrangements
Stephen Bruton Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Fred Foster Contributor, Remixing
Gilbert Lopez Composer
Margo Sylvia Composer
Charlie Tallent Engineer, Contributor, Remixing
Mike Utley Composer
Barry Buxkamper Paintings
Ken Kim Art Direction
Gene Eichengerger Engineer
Bill Porter Engineer
Shirley Nelson Composer
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