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Willie Nelson Originals - The World of Willie Nelson

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Townes Van Zandt  Pancho and Lefty   buy on itunes
Roy Acuff  Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain   buy on itunes
Elvis Presley  Always On My Mind   buy on itunes
Kris Kristofferson  Help Me Make It Through the Night   buy on itunes
Johnny Bush  Whiskey River   buy on itunes
Lefty Frizzell  If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time   buy on itunes
Hoagy Carmichael  Georgia On My Mind   buy on itunes
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys  Stay a Little Longer   buy on itunes
Steve Goodman  City of New Orleans   buy on itunes
Jimmy Webb  The Highwayman   buy on itunes
The Allman Brothers Band  Midnight Rider   buy on itunes
Paul Simon  Graceland   buy on itunes
Benny Goodman  Blue Skies   buy on itunes
Frank Sinatra  All of Me   buy on itunes
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys  Faded Love   buy on itunes


When searching for songs, Willie casts his net wide, guided by an almost infallible emotional gyroscope. When approaching Elvis Presley’s 1973 pop-country crossover hit “Always on My Mind,” he stripped the song of its original Vegas-style production, put the brakes on its tempo, and turned it into an apology and promise that even a carbon-hardened heart couldn’t reject. Only a fool or a genius would tackle Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia on My Mind,” rendered brilliantly as a big band standard before its reinvention as a Ray Charles R&B classic; Willie’s version transports us to the mint julep-sippin’ South so vividly you can practically smell the peach blossoms. And Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night” is a brash, self-assured declaration — [i]if you don’t help me, somebody else will[/i] — while Willie’s tender cover brings a sense of uncertainty to the lyrics. Still curious? We have tunes from the King of Western swing, a pop songwriting superstar, and a whole lot more.
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