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Though for the first two decades of his career Willie Nelson was known more as a writer of hits for other people, he was always an incredibly gifted interpretive singer himself. This 1993 collection features several Nelson originals alongside his twist on an eclectic collection of modern day songwriters from Paul Simon (“American Tune,” “Graceland”), Lyle Lovett (“Farther Down the Line,” “If I Were the Man You Wanted”) and Bob Dylan (“What Was It You Wanted?”) to Peter Gabriel, whose “Don’t Give Up” is sung as a duet with Sinead O’Connor and stands as the album’s unexpected triumph. Nelson does not adhere to country settings and uses whatever best serves the song. As a singer, Nelson enjoys nothing more than teasing a line for its innuendo and subtle meaning, stretching a syllable or putting in a less than dramatic pause to draw attention. He adds an uneasy alienation to “American Tune” and sounds almost overwhelmed by the tangled wordplay and conscience of John Hiatt’s “The Most Unoriginal Sin.”

Customer Reviews

Timeless - an American classic

Willie Nelson sings the songs of some of the world's best songwriters, and arguably makes them even better. The whole album is worth owning, but don't miss American Tune, (The) Most Unoriginal Sin, Across the Borderline and Graceland.

Heartland is a great song...

Thank you to Matt Kazee of the 9/11 Truth Movement for helping me discover this wonderful album and the great song "Heartland," if you dont download the album you must have "Heartland."

A great find!

I love this record... bought it back in the day and it hasn't gotten old. Just saw Paul Simon performing American Tune on Colbert Report and it reminded me to dust this one off.


Born: April 29, 1933 in Abbott, 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 himself...
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