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Editors’ Notes

By the time Both Sides Now was released in 1970, the country music industry was slowly beginning to capitulate to the artistic values of Willie Nelson. Rather than force studio musicians on him, producer Felton Jarvis (Elvis Presley’s longtime colleague) allowed Nelson to pick his own players, as well as his own material. The result was a more organic affair that embraced young songwriters from the world of rock. He got the title song from Joni Mitchell while “Everybody’s Talkin’” is a beautifully understated version of the Fred Neil piece popularized by Harry Nilsson for the movie Midnight Cowboy. Propelled by gentle but assured strumming from Nelson’s nylon-string guitar, “Once More With Feeling” and “It Could Be Said That Way” confirm his renewed interest in folk-oriented songwriting, but this being Willie, there is ample affirmation of his honky-tonk roots. Nelson’s original “Bloody Mary Morning” splits the difference between the country world and the folk world, and takes off on one of the singer’s best opening lines: “Well, it's a Bloody Mary morning / Baby left me without warning / Sometime in the night…”

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Both Sides Now

This is a truely great album by Willie Nelson. Both Sides Now features some of his best songs of the 70's. This may have been before he was very popular but Willie shines on this album.


Born: April 30, 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 himself...
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