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Legend - The Best Of [CD]

Willie Nelson Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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As a songwriter and a performer, Willie Nelson played a vital role in post-rock & roll country music. Although he didn't become a star until the mid-'70s, Nelson spent the '60s writing songs that became hits for stars like Ray Price ("Night Life"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Faron Young ("Hello Walls"), and Billy Walker ("Funny How Time Slips ... Read more in Amazon's Willie Nelson Store

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  • Audio CD (5 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SonyBMG
  • ASIN: B0013ISU6Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On The Road Again
2. To All The Girls I've Loved Before
3. Crazy
4. City Of New Orleans
5. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
6. Always On My Mind
7. Me And Paul
8. A Good Hearted Woman
9. Night Life
10. Georgia On My Mind
11. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
12. Pancho And Lefty
13. Funny How Time Slips Away
14. Hello Walls
15. Highwayman
16. Blue Skies
17. "Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys"
18. Whiskey River
19. Seven Spanish Angels
20. Bloody Mary Morning

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BBC Review

Possibly the greatest living country music icon, the inimitable Willie Nelson reached the ripe old age of 75 this year, and after glancing through the towering Texan's back catalogue, this reviewer would happily wager that at least the same number of compilations bearing his name have already been released. Which begs the simple but unavoidable question - surely quite literally everyone on the planet who wants a Best Of Willie Nelson CD, bar perhaps the occasional hunter-gathering Kalahari bushman who's just been given a dilapidated Discman by a benevolent tourist, must already have one?

Apparently not. As Morrissey once wrote, ''reissue, repackage, repackage, revaluate the song'', and that's precisely what Sony BMG have done with Legend - a soubriquet its subject admittedly deserves. An obscure singer-songwriter until well into his forties, Nelson suddenly hit the big time in the mid-seventies with his landmark crossover album The Red Headed Stranger, and since then he has occupied the mainstream like no other artist from his genre.

Willie's secret is that he has rarely restricted himself to just being a country performer, regularly introducing pop, rock, jazz, folk and blues influences into his sound which, combined with his relaxed, understated vocal style and free-spirited, colourful public persona, has made him much more accessible to a broader audience.

Whether it's his own compositions, notably the Patsy Cline-immortalised Crazy and his signature tune, On The Road Again, cover versions of timeless classics like Always On My Mind, or vintage '80s cheese such as To All The Girls I've Loved Before, Nelson is invariably as comfortable and easy to get into as that clichéd old pair of slippers. Yet as well as the famous hits, Legend also has a few less known gems - Townes Van Zandt's Pancho and Lefty and Steve Goodman's City Of New Orleans being two of the best examples.

If you like safe, mellow, impeccably delivered country-tinged renditions of some great songs by one of music's very best interpreters, then there's little doubt you'll like this album. But if you need to buy it now when the same record has already been released countless times before, where have you been hiding for the past 30 years? --Chris White

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Willie Is A Legend 4 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have always liked Willie Nelson but never purchased a CD of his before. I am so glad I have bought this one because it is really good. There are loads of tracks that I know (and sing along to) and would recommend it for a little taste of country from one of the legends of the C&W world!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend -The Best of Willie Nelson 3 Jan 2010
By Loobie
Format:Audio CD
I bought the Cd for the song "Always on my mind". I never download songs,always buy the full CD as so often there are other very good songs on the disc. This disc did not disappoint.There is no track that I fast forward and many that I replay.To name a few,On the Road Again,Crazy,Funny How time Slips Away,Blue Skies,City of New Orleans(which I associate with John Denver) and To All The Girls I've loved before. I was listening to it again today whilst driving. Mellow and cheery.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie NelsonThis is 7 Feb 2009
By PJSmith
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is just about the best Willie Nelson CD/Album I have hear in the last 30 years
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the road again 20 Dec 2013
By Ronjon
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One or two lesser known songs on this CD but all the ones i wanted are there. Worth it just for 'On the road again' so I can play it when I set off in the car. Sad but true!! Love his clear voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money 22 Mar 2014
By MagK
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Bought this because the tracks were all easy to listen to and I play a lot of music while driving. I haven't heard anything on it that made me skip any of the tracks. Easy listening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The CD title says it all 15 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I ordered this CD so that I could hear Willie Nelson's versions of some of Elvis'
songs and whilst I love Elvis I think that some of the Willie Nelson versions
have the edge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend 30 Nov 2013
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What more can I say. The title says it all. Willie Nelson is a legend. I would recommend this to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away 23 Nov 2013
By Rusty8
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Always loved him but for me this album is the greatest, not one track I dislike and have played again and again and again so far
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