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Honeysuckle Rose (Music from the Original Soundtrack)

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Editors’ Notes

The soundtrack to the 1980 film of the same name, Honeysuckle Rose is essentially a Willie Nelson live album with a few vocal spots from his movie co-stars Dyan Cannon ("Two Sides to Every Story"), Amy Irving ("If You Want Me to Love You I Will") and Emmylou Harris ("Angel Eyes") backed by the loose and fit instrumental prowess of his Family band. ("Fiddlin' Around" and "Jumpin' Cotton Eye Joe" serve as dexterous instrumental breaks.) The original album spawned one of Nelson's biggest hits with "On the Road Again" and this deluxe expanded addition turns the release into a career overview, offering 26 tracks in spirited renditions that often eclipse the solid, more formal studio versions. "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Working Man Blues," "Whiskey River" and "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" never sounded better. Nelson's ear for the seasoned songwriting of Kris Kristofferson, Rodney Crowell and Lee Clayton among his own originals bears out his influence as an interpretive singer. The audience noise has been reduced and the re-mastered sound improves things considerably.

Biography

Born: 30 April 1933 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As a songwriter and a performer, Willie Nelson played a vital role in post-rock & roll country music. Although he didn't become a star until the mid-'70s, Nelson spent the '60s writing songs that became hits for stars like Ray Price ("Night Life"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Faron Young ("Hello Walls"), and Billy Walker ("Funny How Time Slips Away") as well as releasing a series of records on Liberty and RCA that earned him a small but devoted cult following. During the early '70s, Willie aligned...
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