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By the 1980s, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings had established themselves as a definitive “outlaw” brand, becoming two traditionalists reminding Nashville of the rougher edges of its heritage. Part of that “outlaw” image was to ignore whatever preconceptions others had. So if the two of them decided to cover the country rock of the Eagles as they do for the title track, or tackle Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound,” or acknowledge a fellow contemporary as David Allan Coe for “Would You Lay With Me (in a Field of Stone),” well, that was what they would do. Nelson the songwriter contributes “Why Do I Have to Choose,” but the rest of the album fields covers and primarily highlights Nelson. George Jones’ “Why Baby Why” is surprisingly sedated, too tightly wound to approach the abandon the song deserves. Rodney Crowell’s “Till I Gain Control Again” and Roger Miller’s “Old Friends” exemplify the duo’s tenuous balance between playing into their perceived image and transcending it with the good humor that’s always mirrored the duo’s brotherly depth.

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take it to the limit

One of my alltime favorite quite listening albums....Filled with meaning

Sheesh! Eagles

Hearing Willie sing take it to the limit is even worse than hearing Glenn Frey sing it!!!

Good Waylon Not So Great Wille

i love Waylon I Don't Care for Wille. Great Album Because Of Waylon,But Wille Killed Take it To The Limit. One Of My Favorite Songs Done By One Of My Favoirte Bands: The Eagles.

Biography

Born: June 15, 1937 in Littlefield, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

If any one performer personified the outlaw country movement of the '70s, it was Waylon Jennings. Though he had been a professional musician since the late '50s, it wasn't until the '70s that Waylon, with his imposing baritone and stripped-down, updated honky tonk, became a superstar. Jennings rejected the conventions of Nashville, refusing to record with the industry's legions of studio musicians and insisting that his music never resemble the string-laden, pop-inflected sounds that were coming...
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