10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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