26 Songs, 1 Hour, 18 Minutes

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.

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.

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About Willie Nelson

Even before he became the Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson was already a Nashville songwriting legend, providing Patsy Cline with her 1961 signature tune, “Crazy.” But as a fledgling performer in his own right, the clean-cut honky-tonker’s humble approach and conversational croon was increasingly at odds with mainstream country music’s tilt toward variety-show glitz. Upon joining the post-hippie roots-music radicals taking over the Austin scene (and swearing off barbers forevermore), the Texas-born Nelson became an icon of the ’70s outlaw-country movement, favoring a stripped-down style that could both evoke desert-highway vistas (“On the Road Again”) and initiate the most intimate of conversations (“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”). But Nelson’s brand of down-home simplicity shouldn’t be confused with dogmatic purism (he’s also no stranger to adult-contemporary crossovers, like his duet with Julio Iglesias, “To All the Girls I've Loved Before”). Rather, he’s always searching for the most direct route to the soul of a song, whether he’s elevating the country standard “Always on My Mind” to the realm of modern hymn, or bringing a wistful, lived-in wisdom to Great American Songbook perennials like “Georgia on My Mind.” In the 21st century, Nelson’s outlaw ethos has continued to manifest itself in all sorts of surprising ways: He’s become America’s most visible pro-marijuana activist and Snoop Dogg’s unlikeliest duet partner.

HOMETOWN
Abbott, TX
GENRE
Country
BORN
April 29, 1933

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