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You’d think since Willie Nelson has recorded more duets than any other country singer (to date), that his Half Nelson compilation would run deeper than ten songs — but after listening, it's evident this is the cream of his duets crop. Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty” gets the urban cowboy treatment that has somehow aged well — or maybe the wonderful sound here was born in the sharp contrast of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson singing to a disco-era production of Texas-flavored twang. Willie’s duet with Neil Young on “Are There Any More Real Cowboys?” is a real gem in that both singers possess such uniquely characteristic voices that it’s hard to believe there’s room enough for both of them in just one song — until they harmonize together to sound like they could very well be blood-related. The haunting “I Told a Lie to My Heart” features Willie crooning with the late, great Hank Williams under the antiquated crackles and analog hiss of old two-inch tape.

Customer Reviews

Half Nelson, all gold.

I have this album for some years and enjoy it again and again. The Mel Tillis duet is my least favourite.. of the others it's hard to choose the absolute best. This work is a must-have for Willie fans as well as most anybody who likes feel-good or 'takes-you-back' songs.

Ignore the ignorant

For any WIllie fan this album is a must have. Great songs, excellent sings partners. A favorite for 23 years.

Ghosts and Julio!

Hearing Willie sing harmonies with the late Hank Williams will give you goose-bumps, while hearing him sing with Julio Iglesias will do the same thing to your mom.


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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