- Released: February 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Dirty Linen - 4/04, p.60
"In terms of introspective mood music, Nelson hits the jackpot once again."
- 1.Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
- 2.Always On My Mind
- 3.A Whiter Shade Of Pale
- 4.Let It Be Me
- 5.Staring Each Other Down
- 6.Bridge Over Troubled Water
- 7.Old Fords And A Natural Stone
- 8.Permanently Lonely
- 9.Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning
- 10.The Party's Over
- 11.The Man Who Owes Everyone
- 12.I'm A Memory
Also available in a 3-pack with TO LEFTY FROM WILLIE and RED HEADED STRANGER.
Personnel: Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar); Chips Moman, Johnny Christoper (guitar, background vocals); Reggie Young, Grady Martin (guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Jon Marett (saxophone); Bobby Wood, Toni Wine (keyboards, background vocals); Bobby Emmons (keyboards); Mike Leech (bass); Gene Chrisman (drums); Gary Talley (background vocals); Waylon Jennings.
Recorded at Moman's Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee and Pedernales Recording Studio, Spicewood, Texas. Originally released on Columbia (37951).
Includes liner notes by Rick Petreycik.
ALWAYS ON MY MIND finds Willie Nelson embracing a middle-of-the-road sound, with strings, synthesizers, and saxophones creating the sonic background for his vocals. The material is similarly muted, consisting almost entirely of ballads. The title track, a remake of an Elvis Presley song, is the album's best, a masterpiece of pop composition and orchestration. It became Willie's biggest crossover hit, reaching number five on the Billboard pop charts in 1982. ALWAYS ON MY MIND also includes a Willie/Waylon Jennings duet on the Procol Harum hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale," as well as cover versions of the Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me," Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," and Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." A great album to listen to while you're crying in your chardonnay.