Willie Nelson The Essential Willie Nelson (2-CD)

The Essential Willie Nelson (2-CD)
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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  CBS 86740

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Sony

Entertainment Reviews:

Dirty Linen - 8/03, p.64
"...The double disc, 41-track offering lives up to its marquee billing as the collection to end all Willie collections..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Night Life
  • 2.Hello Walls
  • 3.Crazy
  • 4.Funny How Time Slips Away
  • 5.I Never Cared for You
  • Buy for $0.996.The Party's Over
  • Buy for $0.997.Good Times
  • Buy for $0.998.Me And Paul
  • Buy for $0.999.Shotgun Willie
  • Buy for $0.9910.Bloody Mary Morning
  • Buy for $0.9911.Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  • Buy for $1.2912.Good Hearted Woman (with Waylon Jennings)
  • Buy for $0.9913.If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time
  • Buy for $0.9914.Uncloudy Day
  • Buy for $1.2915.Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (with Waylon Jennings)
  • Buy for $0.9916.Georgia on My Mind
  • Buy for $0.9917.Blue Skies
  • Buy for $0.9918.All of Me
  • Buy for $0.9919.Heartbreak Hotel (with Leon Russell)
  • Buy for $0.9920.Help Me Make It Through the Night
  • Buy for $0.9921.Whiskey River (live)
  • Buy for $0.9922.Stay a Little Longer (live)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
  • Buy for $0.992.Faded Love (with Ray Price)
  • Buy for $1.293.On the Road Again
  • Buy for $0.994.Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
  • Buy for $0.995.Always on My Mind
  • Buy for $0.996.Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning
  • Buy for $1.297.Pancho & Lefty (with Merle Haggard)
  • Buy for $0.998.To All the Girls I've Loved Before (with Julio Iglesias)
  • Buy for $0.999.City of New Orleans
  • Buy for $1.2910.Seven Spanish Angels (with Ray Charles)
  • Buy for $0.9911.Forgiving You Was Easy
  • Buy for $1.2912.Highwayman
  • Buy for $0.9913.Living in the Promiseland
  • Buy for $0.9914.Nothing I Can Do About It Now
  • Buy for $0.9915.Graceland
  • 16.Everywhere I Go (with Emmylou Harris)
  • Buy for $0.9917.Slow Dancing (U2 featuring Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael on harmonica)
  • Buy for $0.9918.Mendocino County Line (with Lee Ann Womack)
  • Buy for $0.9919.One Time Too Many (with Steven Tyler and Aerosmith) (previously unreleased)

Product Description:

This CD commemorates Willie Nelson's 70th Birthday (April 30, 2003).
Personnel includes: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Leann Womack, Julio Iglesias, Leon Russell, Merle Haggard, Aerosmith.
Producers include: Felton Jarvis, Arif Mardin, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Booker T. Jones.
Compilation producers: Nich Shaffman, Al Quaglieri.
Recorded between 1961 & 2002.
Audio Mixers: Michael Brauer; Steven Berkowitz.
Recording information: ??/1961-12/2001.
The catalog of Willie Nelson is so vast and rich that assembling an "essential" collection of only one or two discs seems nearly impossible. RCA's single-disc 1995 attempt was admirable and worthy, but doomed by space limitations. With a bit more room to move, Legacy's roomier two-disc collection is about close as anyone could hope to come. We get the full view of the great singer/songwriter's artistic journey.
"Hello Walls" and the evergreen "Crazy" hail from the days when Nelson was tooling around Nashville as a songwriter for hire but mystifyingly unable to connect as a solo artist. His transformation into a counterculture icon via the '70s "outlaw country" movement is marked by the likes of "Me and Paul" and "Bloody Mary Morning." His tremendous skill as in interpreter can be heard in such standards as "Blue Skies" and "Georgia on Mind," which helped make him a crossover success in the STARDUST era. Latter-day collaborations with everyone from Aerosmith ("One Time Too Many") to U2 ("Slow Dancing") show Willie's mercurial, eclectic nature. Add it all up and a portrait comes together of a man whose artistic vision has carried him across decades and stylistic shifts aplenty and seen him through in style.

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  • Sales Rank: 21,205
  • UPC: 696998674028
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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