Willie Nelson - Sings Kristofferson (1979/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Artist: Willie Nelson
Title: Willie Nelson Sings Kristofferson
Genre: Country, Folk, Outlaw Country, Progressive Country, Traditional Country
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1979/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Recorded: Shangrila Studios In Los Angeles and At Clements Studio in Nashville.
Long before alternative country, even before 'outlaw country,' Kris Kristofferson was defining the outer limits of country music with his frank, boozy, often risque songs and rough-hewn singing. In 1979, Nelson recorded a collection of Kristofferson's best compositions, appropriately titled „Willie Nelson Sings Kristofferson“. The set kicks off with a funky take on 'Me and Bobbie McGee,' then slides effortlessly through eight more classics including 'Help Me Make Me Through the Night,' 'Sunday Morning Comin' Down,' 'For the Good Times,' and one of gospel's great songs of self-recrimination, 'Why Me.'
Recorded at the peak of Nelson's fame, this disc is vintage Willie and Family, loose but never sloppy. It almost sounds as if the band is playing the songs for the first time, but that they know each other so well and are such expert players that the whole thing falls together naturally and effortlessly. Nelson obviously loves this material, and it shows both in his singing and his guitar playing, which is particularly inspired here. In the 1980s Willie and Kristofferson formed a country supergroup with Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, recording and touring as The Highwaymen.
A return to country-rock after the smash success of Stardust the year before, this is one of Willie Nelson's best albums. Admittedly, it doesn't withstand comparisons to Shotgun Willie or any of his earlier triumphs, but it holds up as one of his most enjoyable second-stringers. "Me and Bobby McGee" is given an exciting, thunderous performance and "Why Me" is terrific, but perhaps more memorable are Nelson's renditions of lesser-known Kristofferson treasures, such as the loping "The Pilgrim, Chapter 33" and the beautiful "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends." As he demonstrated from the beginning, Nelson had one of the best interpretive gifts of any singer, and this album only strengthened that reputation. --AllMusic Review by Jim Smith
1. Me and Bobby McGee 05:40
2. Help Me Make It Through the Night 03:58
3. The Pilgrim: Chapter 33 03:34
4. Why Me 03:52
5. For the Good Times 05:24
6. You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine) 03:54
7. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) 05:51
8. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down 07:03
9. Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends 02:48
Willie Nelson – lead vocals, guitar
Jody Payne – guitar
Bobbie Nelson – piano
Rex Ludwick – drums
Paul English – drums
Bee Spears – bass guitar
Chris Ethridge – bass guitar
Mickey Raphael – harp
Jerry Reed – electric guitar on "You Show Me Yours"
Grady Martin – electric guitar on You Show Me Yours"
Albert Lee – electric guitar on "The Pilgrim"
Booker T. Jones – organ on "Why Me"
Kris Kristofferson – backing vocals
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