Willie and the Wheel

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It was just a matter of time before Willie Nelson cut a record with fellow Texan legends Asleep at the Wheel: Willie may duet with anybody who wanders onto his bus, but he and the Wheel have a shared background in Western swing, a background they explore thoroughly on 2009's Willie and the Wheel. If it seems like Willie and the Wheel should have cut an album together a little earlier than 2009, well, they almost did. During Nelson's seminal stint at Atlantic in the early '70s, producer/label head Jerry Wexler urged Willie to record a duet album with the Wheel, but Nelson left the label before it could happen. The idea was revived when Wexler saw Asleep at the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It was just a matter of time before Willie Nelson cut a record with fellow Texan legends Asleep at the Wheel: Willie may duet with anybody who wanders onto his bus, but he and the Wheel have a shared background in Western swing, a background they explore thoroughly on 2009's Willie and the Wheel. If it seems like Willie and the Wheel should have cut an album together a little earlier than 2009, well, they almost did. During Nelson's seminal stint at Atlantic in the early '70s, producer/label head Jerry Wexler urged Willie to record a duet album with the Wheel, but Nelson left the label before it could happen. The idea was revived when Wexler saw Asleep at the Wheel open for Nelson in 2007 and soon enough, the two parties got together to run through a bunch of standards. Surprise isn't the order of the day on Willie and the Wheel; it's pretty easy to guess the songbook just based on the collaboration and sure enough, there's a hefty dose of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys -- "Right or Wrong," "Bring it on Down to My House," "Corrine Corrina" -- and a bunch of Milton Brown, Cliff Bruner, and Spade Cooley. Chances are, many of the songs would have remained the same if this had been cut back in the early '70s, but the spirit is much different. Back then, the teaming would have been the sound of young insurgents creating their own bridge to the past, but this is the sound of the old guard settling in and doing what they do best, laying back instead of pushing forward, enjoying each other's company instead of gearing up for a cutting contest. While it's possible to discern some tattered edges on the fringe -- in particular, Willie's voice can sound a bit gruff and rough -- this is as comfortable and welcoming as a familiar old leather jacket. It's no surprise that it feels good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Bismeaux Productions
  • UPC: 020286128724
  • Catalog Number: 1287
  • Sales rank: 86,294

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hesitation Blues - Willie Nelson (2:47)
  2. 2 Sweet Jennie Lee - Willie Nelson (3:01)
  3. 3 Fan It - Willie Nelson (2:46)
  4. 4 I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll - Willie Nelson (3:11)
  5. 5 Oh! You Pretty Woman - Willie Nelson (2:50)
  6. 6 Bring It on Down to My House - Willie Nelson (3:29)
  7. 7 Right or Wrong - Willie Nelson (3:10)
  8. 8 Corrine Corrina - Willie Nelson (3:17)
  9. 9 I'm Sittin' on Top of the World - Willie Nelson (4:45)
  10. 10 Shame on You - Willie Nelson (2:59)
  11. 11 South - Vince Gill (3:39)
  12. 12 Won't You Ride in My Little Red Wagon - Willie Nelson (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist, Vocals
Asleep at the Wheel Primary Artist
Dave Alexander Trumpet
Paul Shaffer Piano
Ray Benson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Floyd Domino Piano
Vince Gill Electric Guitar
Michael Mordecai Trombone
Jason Roberts Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals, Electronic Mandolin
David Sanger Drums
Kevin Smith Bass Guitar
David Earl Miller Bass
Eddie Rivers Steel Guitar
Elizabeth McQueen Vocals
John Michael Whitby Piano
Jonathan Doyle Clarinet
Sam Seifert Acoustic Guitar
Kevin C. Smith Bass
Dave Miller Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Bennie Moten Composer
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon Composer
Spade Cooley Composer
Ray Benson Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction, Audio Production
Don Cobb Mastering, Remastering
Walter Donaldson Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Thamon Hayes Composer
Peter Schwarz Audio Production
Jerry Wexler Executive Producer, Audio Production
Paul Biese Composer
Rex Griffin Composer
Dick Reeves Art Direction
Boo Macleod Engineer
C. Williams Composer
Eric Conn Mastering, Remastering
Vance Powell Engineer
Traditional Composer
Adam Odor Engineer
Dan Howell Composer
Sam Seifert Engineer
Arthur L. Sizemore Composer
S. Williams Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I NEVER BOUGHT THIS BOOK

    THERE HAS BEEN AN ERROR. I NEVER BOUGHT THIS BOOK/DVD OR WHATEVER IT IS.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy it now!

    If you're a fan of Asleep at the Wheel and/or Willie, this is a must have for your collection. Great orchestration and original arrangements combined with Ray and Willie's whiskey smooth lyrics. You just can't beat that combination.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastico!!

    This album is really quite good. I don't think everything that Willie does is great but getting together with Asleep at the Wheel was a touch of genius that was long overdue. Willie sounds like he enjoyed these sessions. His voice just shines on these old time songs. Of course, the Wheel are no slouches and bring plenty of tasty licks along the way. If you know who Bob Wills was, get this CD. If you don't, get it anyway, it'll broaden your horizons.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Calling all Western Swing Lovers

    This one is a toe tapping treasure! It puts a smile on your face and a happy bounce in your step. Just what we need during these trying times! God Bless WILLIE NELSON

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