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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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Legend: The Best Of - Willie Nelson [CD]

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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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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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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This is just about the best Willie Nelson CD/Album I have hear in the last 30 years
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This is a good entry level album for anyone who wants to dip their toe in the water of classic country. Not all the tracks are to my taste, but most of the essential Willie Nelson classics are here. There are some nice additions itch tracks from the highwaymen and a good duet with Ray Charles. Good value for money.
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This compilation CD is a very good introduction to Willie Nelson's work. Some tracks are live recordings but the quality is excellent.
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bought this for a part of my husbands birthday as he is a big willie nelson fan. he has put it both on his phone and his laptop and hasn't stoped playing it!!!!! classic willie nelson a must for any fan. good value for money as it has a wide variety of tracks on it.
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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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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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