10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Willie Nelson was already an outlaw country legend by 1978, but Stardust, his best-selling album, made him a household name. Released long before albums of jazz standards were a viable option for artists in other genres, Nelson’s weatherbeaten croon and lyrical acoustic guitar sound right at home on classics like “All of Me,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Recorded in nine days and produced by Booker T. Jones, Stardust is one of the earliest indications of Nelson’s gift for brilliant reinventions.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Willie Nelson was already an outlaw country legend by 1978, but Stardust, his best-selling album, made him a household name. Released long before albums of jazz standards were a viable option for artists in other genres, Nelson’s weatherbeaten croon and lyrical acoustic guitar sound right at home on classics like “All of Me,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Recorded in nine days and produced by Booker T. Jones, Stardust is one of the earliest indications of Nelson’s gift for brilliant reinventions.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

29 Ratings
29 Ratings

Classic Standards

hrhchp

Willie Nelson's gravelly staccato vocal style together with melodic standards make for a lovely album of beautiful music.

Marshal

Philippine cowboy

Had the cassette tape. I heard stardust on Willie's satellite radio channel. I had to have this on my server

Classic romance?

Johhny L

Willie Nelson’s classic voice and guitar style bring to the listener a new perspective on some old classics. Meaningful songs for lovers to be enjoyed with each other. An album that I first heard in Texas in 1984, I am still in awe of the power of some of the lyrics, September for instance.

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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