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Stardust

Willie Nelson

1978

Stardust

Album Summary

Stardust is the 22nd studio album by Willie Nelson, released in April 1978. Its ten songs consist entirely of pop standards that Nelson picked from among his favorites. Nelson asked Booker T. Jones, who was his neighbor in Malibu at the time, to arrange a version of "Moonlight in Vermont". Impressed with Jones's work, Nelson asked him to produce the entire album. Nelson's decision to record such well-known tracks was controversial among Columbia executives because he had distinguished himself in the outlaw country genre. Recording of the album took only ten days. Stardust was met with high sales and near-universal positive reviews. It peaked at number 1 in Billboard's Top Country Albums and number 30 in the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, it charted at number 1 in Canadian RPM's Country Albums and number 28 in RPM's Top Albums. The singles "Blue Skies" and "All of Me" peaked respectively at numbers 1 and 3 in Billboard's Hot Country Singles. In 1979, Nelson won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the song "Georgia on My Mind". Stardust was on the Billboard's Country Album charts for ten years—from its release until 1988. The album also reached number 1 in New Zealand and number 5 in Australia in 1980. In 2012, the album was ranked number 260 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was originally certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in December 1978. In 1984, when it was certified triple platinum, Nelson was the highest-grossing concert act in the United States. By 1988, the album was certified quintuple platinum, and it was later inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame class of 2015.

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Rating

3.35

Votes

5440

Genres

  • Country
  • Singer Songwriter
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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

I'm a sucker for a good cover album and this is a very good cover album. I also love the story behind this. Record label was like, "You can't cover these songs! You're the king of outlaw country!" And then Willie is like, "Screw you, I'm Willie Nelson. Here's a bunch of covers. Deal." Album goes quintuple platinum. Moral of the story? Willie does what Willie wants.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Ron Swansons favourite artist, automatic 5 stars. Seriously though, couple songs in and really liking the vibe. Could imagine listening to this on a long late night drive and just chilling. How relaxing is this album man. Not too long either, a nice in and out experience. I can really see myself listening again to fit a calm mood.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Big music done charmingly small, which suits Nelson's down-to-earth vocals. It's just as easy to not hear the delicate strings, bells, harmonica and various other percussion. Not because they're not strong or good enough, but because like most natural things you take them for granted first before becoming fully conscious of their beauty and complexity.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Ça fait plaisir de voir Willy Denzey un peu lâcher le Rnb pour sortir des albums de reprises pop country comme ça.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

lame covers

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Fri Sep 11 2020
5

great! and I usually don't listen to country

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Georgia on my Mind and Unchained Melody are especially good!

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Willie Nelson is great and I've never appreciated him enough

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

When Willie covers a song, he makes it his. Best track: Moonlight in Vermont

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

All the great ‘ol standards from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. A country singer doing all these great jazz & pop covers is so impressive and he put his special spin on each song. Gotta love this man. There is no other voice like Willie.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Nelson's style matched Booker T. Jones' production perfectly and the result is a fairly simple album, but one that is beautiful from its cover until the last track. Can't really say I love all the songs, but Nelson personal choice of covers makes sense and made his vocal performances more passionate. "Georgia on My Mind" is the obvious classic here - creating another definitive version of a song that already had a definitive version with Ray Charles - but "Stardust" and "Moonlight in Vermont" are also worth noting.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
2

I know he’s a legend, but I’m not a fan of his voice

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Tue Feb 16 2021
2

Willie sings a few pop standards. His distinct vocals and guitar playing, created his take on some songs. Unfortunately, this isn't very original.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
2

I've never really felt that I understood Willie Nelson or his appeal all that much. This album feels like background music to me. The parts I like the most ("Georgia On My Mind"; "On the Sunny Side of the Street") sound like riffs on artists I prefer (Sunny Side sounds like a Randy Newman composition, but with none of Neman's charisma). All in all, the album just feels a bit dull to me, although I'm sure there is something in it that I am just not connecting with.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

didnt care for his take version of most of these songs. probably not terrible to fall asleep to.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

I'm honestly not sure of the significance of this album for it to be included in this list, all of the songs are covers of much older songs written mostly pre-1950, which I guess is why the album feels much older than 1978. I don't know much about Willie Nelson (although I have heard of him) so maybe he is the reason it's on this list more than the album itself? I do find that this kind of music can be quite a comfort to me though. There's something about the predictability of the chord progressions in these older songs that makes me feel safe, and it's nice to just have on in the background. It's nice enough but I don't think it's essential listening.

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Mon Jan 11 2021
5

aaaaaa walang tapon na song huhuhuhu ang gandaaa <3 altho i know some songs are covers (not sure if lahat! :O hahaha) but still they're good covers

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Tue Dec 29 2020
5

Willie is a crooner. Georgia on my Mind cover is fantastic. This was an easy great listen.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Love this. Perfect Album, sitting in the yard in the summer evening, sunset music. Blue Skies <3

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Super enjoyed—a lot of covers of songs I already liked, but with a Willie vibe.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

Kind of slow and lovely, and definitely not what I expected from Willie Nelson. He did a great job with the pop standards though. Beautiful!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Great album of covers. Several of these are almost as enjoyable as the originals: Georgia On My Mind, All of Me, and Blue Skies.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Really liked this album, such a good representation of Willie Nelson. Didn't know he covered a bunch of the songs on it, which was cool to hear his rendition. Got me listening more to him and other country artists! Highlights: -Stardust -Georgia on my Mind -Blue Skies -Moonlight in Vermont

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

Not sure why I never really listened to Willie Nelson. I like his voice, and I like older country. So far, I’m enjoying this one.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Very chilled and covers of old songs. Perfect for a rainy or snowy evening.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Great

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

A lot of known songs

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Música maravilhosa de se ouvir! Preciso terminar e ouvir com mais atenção às faixas

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

i like how understated it is, the vocal performance is really emotive without ever getting cheesy or too sentimental. his voice is rough in some spots but it doesn't really detract. pretty nice production too. moonlight in vermont🥺🥺. giving it a 5, i don't think I'd change anything about it.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

Brilliant

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

אם לבילי ג׳ואל ולסרטי פיקסאר היה ילד אה הוא היה שונא יהודים

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Wow, what a fantastic album. This is up there with American IV for me as one of the greatest cover albums of all time. Willie really brings a unique take on these classic songs. Incredible.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Gorgeous album, super chilled out

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

sounds very pretty, beautiful and calming

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Sun Apr 18 2021
5

you don’t understand, i’m obsessed. the title track is phenomenal and i hate that i’m only discovering it now

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Very Good Album!

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Really nice album - did make me feel very single though. Feel like it is the kind of music you sway around the kitchen with your childhood sweetheart too. I just washed up on my own :')

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Great album.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

A wonderful selection of songs that are carried far by Nelson's voice. Beautifully peaceful, a great listen.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Man I love it Calming soothing and honest

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Excellent album. Short and sweet. Crosses genres with jazz/blues/country. Album starts strong and carries throughout. 8.9/10

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

Super easy listening

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Fantastic! What a surprise - all classics, beautifully done.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

Listened to this one while visiting my mom.. she approves. You have great taste, mom, love you.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

The 22nd Willie Nelson's album (1978) consisting of great cover versions of famous songs in traditional pop style. Enjoyed it a lot!

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Infinitely soothing. Willie means every word he sings and every note he plays. Beautiful stuff

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

Willie does the standards! I loved this so SO so So so much. Funny story, when I first discovered this website, I made an account and this was the FIRST album that came up. I didn't end up listening to it by the end of the day, and I was so new to the site that I couldn't figure out how to go back. So I started a whole new account, and I've been waiting about a year for it to come back up. Georgia on My Mind, Unchained Melody, and Don't Get Around Much Anymore are tops.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

wow im surprised wasnt expecting it to be so beautiful pleasant melodies and harmonies nice chill solos nice length

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Soothing and calm, but a tad short.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Soul is happy

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

Outlaw Country and American Pop Standards would seem to be opposite ends of the musical universe. An unlikely musical wormhole, STARDUST masterfully unites these genres resulting in a truly beautiful and transformative album. I have heard all of the songs on this album before. But my experience of them has largely been as musical artifacts. I don’t think I ever felt particular connection to most of them nor would I have sought them out. Yet on STARDUST these songs resonated with me in an emotional way that they never have before. The album opens plaintively with a quiet guitar and Willie’s voice on “Stardust”. A quiet organ and drum instantly made me stop what I was doing and just sit back and enjoy. This is my favorite version of this song. The one song that I did feel previously emotionally connected to was “Georgia On My Mind.” Ray Charles’ version is perfect, definitive and always gives me chills. It’s one of those songs that I would have thought no one else should record. Willie’s incredible vocals over a beautifully subtle arrangement proves that wrong. The country harmonica solo feels like it should always have been there and the finale provides an exciting, perfect conclusion. When was the last time I ever considered “Moonlight In Vermont?” Yet this version is so beautiful that now I cannot get it off my mind. It could be that only an outlaw would have the audacity to record such an album at the height of his career. Willie has created a truly unique American classic. STARDUST is one of the most pleasurable albums I have ever experienced.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

Thank you, 1001 Robot, for giving me this album today. It was a balm for my soul at the end of a sad week. There is a delicacy, a clarity, a precision to every note of this album. Tempos are steady, slow, and deliberate, giving a sense of being suspended in some warm, gooey, sweet syrup. These are some of my favorite standards delivered by musicians of the highest order. Perfection.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

I am familiar with Willie Nelson. I have never listened to a Willie Nelson album, and I have never even heard of this one. What a surprise I had in store...I love this album. When I saw Willie Nelson pop up on the list, I wasn't excited. For most of my young life I found Willie's music very off-putting...not just the style of music, but his actual voice. I have matured to a point where I can listen to Willie Nelson, but I can't think of a time where I have ever sought to listen any of his music...but I just couldn't get enough of this album. The musical arrangements were extraordinary and Willie's delivery very special. It felt so gentle and heartwarming...just plain comforting. I am still stunned at how much I enjoyed listening to the album and I don't know why I ever would have, if not for this listening project! I want more!!

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

Oh, I love these songs so much. And Willie Nelson did, too, and he sang them on this album, and they're perfect. I will listen to this many times again. Hooray for a celebration of the most beautiful songs by a unique, lovely voice.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

When I was a kid, I HATED country music. Country music was my parents' music. You know what happens when you play country music backwards? Your wife comes back to you, your dog comes back to life and your truck miraculously gets fixed. My parents listened to country music of the time, in particular the group Alabama. But I remember hearing Willie Nelson on the radio, in particular "You Were Always On My Mind." I got back into Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash recently. Particularly with Cash being revitalized with producer Rick Rubin. Willie Nelson's cover of "The Scientist" is what made me want to look into his work. So the point is I had listened to this album before. It's a great album for Nelson, it complements his voice very well. Definitely well-done and great production.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

9/10

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

I discovered Moonlight in Vermont a month ago and thought it was a recent Willie Nelson song. Here now I find this album and realise what a jackass I am.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Beautiful, just beautiful. 5****

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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

Fantastic. Haven’t listened to him before but classic songs done very well.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

This was a sweet treat. Soft and melodic.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Que album espetaclar!! musicas prediletas: -Stardust -Georgia on my mind -Blue Skies -Unchained Melody

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

do i love a good covers album, especially when it's all old, classic songs. even though these aren't willie nelson's original songs, his emotions are so palpable. i feel so connected with these songs, some new to me, even after one listen. every song is a hit. a beautiful album that includes genre hopping! oh what can’t willie nelson do?

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

21st February 2022 Listened on the train on the way to the airport in Stockholm while the snow came down outside. Beautiful from start to finish. Simple, true songwriting.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

Perfect in my book.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

A trip in the past to hear some wonderful songs by one of the best storytellers.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

5 stars

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

idk yet

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Willie continues to blow me away - an incredible voice with so much depth. Guitar playing doesn't even need to be talked about its that good.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

A perfect album - end to end - and it’s Willie Nelson’s 22nd I found out. Wow.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Peerless country soul

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Soft and classic

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

I didn't have to relisten to this to know I was giving it five stars but I did anyway. I love genius songwriter Willie and outlaw country Willie but I think Great American Songbook crooning Willie is my favorite Willie.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Wonderful album, he's got a great voice as always and the band is incredible.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

10/10 really, really beautiful I’ve enjoyed Willie Nelson since I was a little kid, listening to K-Rose on GTA SA this whole album is just so goshdarn lovely

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

Loved this record.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

very subtle and chill, it was perfect for a short ride from work🥰 was just thinking of him this week you psychis u😂

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Stardust showcases perfectly why Willie Nelson is one of the best country artists out there. The minimal instrumentals let his voice guide the album effortlessly from one song to the next, and you've gone through all 10 songs before you know it.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Good god this is beautiful. I didn't expect to enjoy it so much but the production is so clean and warm, and the arrangements are just beautiful. I know this is a record of pop standards, but Nelson really really fucking nails them. Beautiful altogether.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Подслушано! Очень душевный и классный альбом. Отличное кантри.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
5

I love these covers, but I keep singing along like it was the originals, and it kinda throws me off. They're still so good though. 5

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Excellent!!!

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Willy at his best. Singing those sweet tunes that just make you happy.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Willie! Timeless. Classic. Genius.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

Super album avec potentiel de reecoute incroyable. J’ai adore les reprises. 5

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Good and Chill

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Insanely beautiful vocals. Such calming delivery.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Amazing writer with a very distinctive style.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

Perfect way to start the day gently. I enjoyed every song and every bit of Willie Nelson’s voice.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Great album. The openings of both Midnight in Vermont and Stardust seem to be playing a bit of the Maggie May opening riff.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Love this record. It s not the Willie you think of, but it’s the Willie you need.

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Wed Nov 25 2020
4

Great singing and arrangements. Liked the low key approach.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
4

Damn, 1001 albums generator really had to go and hit me in the feels.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

a nice low pace album of good songs

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Fri Jan 08 2021
4

Fajny bardzo, Stardust bardzo ładne, cover On the sunny side of the street też bardzo mi przypadł do gustu. Georgia on my mind śliczna piosenka. Pan Nelson ma bardzo ładny głos i fajne melodyjki

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Liked more than I expected willisten again. Clam easy listening.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Especially calming, this list is already off to a great start.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

Some really cool arrangements

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

peak 3am tears of joy right here. dang. did not expect to enjoy this that much.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Good stuff. Nice tracks all sound the same. Lovely guitar

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

classic willie

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Nice collection of covers. Wills has a away of making everything his. Like going to a concert of his. All the hits all the time

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Very good album. Easy to listen to. Lot of nice covers

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Classic.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Oh yeah, this is gorgeous. Sparsely arranged, masterfully executed. I love that Willie's record company fought him all the way on this and it ended up being a ludicrously big success. Fave track - "September Song", but I suspect I might pick a new fave with each listen...

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

quire relaxing, 4 stars

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Great album, super chill, less country than I imagined. Blue skies, Georgia on my mind and unchained melody all great songs. Unchained melody is one of the best songs ever written, Willy Nelson's cover is really simple and not distracting.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

The whole album is Willie doing a cover of his favorite songs. Excellent country voice. 8/10.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Amazing a classic!

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Hungover me enjoyed this immensely. well produced and delivery is on point. 4/5

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Incredible. One of the best voices ever

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Groot fan van Willie, niet zijn beste album maar toch

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Konstigt nog tycker jag om det... Det hade jag verkligen inte förväntat mig. Tror faktiskt 4/5 konstigt nog.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Very easy listening - could play & replay this album

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Malgré un bandana des plus ridicules et une inspiration musicale limitée puisque Willie s'est en effet contenté de pomper ses camarades de classes plus brillants que lui, force est de constater que cet album est extremement agréable à écouter. Je n'enlève pas le point bandana a 80 ans car il ne figure pas sur la pochette, ça passe pour cette fois.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

i typically consider country to be a kind of blighted hell-genre, but this is really, really nice. this record is just really tasteful, strikingly so. it's soulful, mournful, romantic, almost jazzy at times and does it all with an air of effortlessness. the instrumentation is also lovely, the gentle keys, organ and strings sitting in the background, the harmonica and guitar playing - its all just very pleasant. this is the kind of album i'd love to listen to on a long drive at home during the evening favourite songs are: on the sunny side of the road, georgia on my mind, someone to watch over me

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

A great classic!

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Absolutely charming. Willie release a new album soon? Probably not...

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Wow! I totally never listened to Willie Nelson AT ALL, and in my head he was mostly a country signer. BUT this album is EXCELLENT. Wow!

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

This is so good. Never heard before and I shall be keeping it close to hand from now on. Would rather give it 4.5 but 4 it is.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Title track is the standout for me, great guitar playing, great vocal and great vibe.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Not the best vocalist, but atmospheric versions of standards

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Nice and calming

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Mon May 10 2021
4

tracks Stardust - surprised by crooner vibes & how 'produced' it is, restrained orchestration 6/10 Georgia on my mind - sucker for the outro harmonica 7/10 blue skies - not sure why but not getting it. Odd for most listened to track of album 5/10 all of me - hints of nelson, meh? 5/10 unchained melody - when the guitar stops, the song pops. sucker for harmonica again. crescendo! 8.5/10 september song - grand piano and easily +1, still not stretching vocals? heartfelt saves it 7/10 on the sunny side of the street - ...why? never heard a distorted harmonica before, I now know why. 2/10 moonlight in vermont - reverb is great idea, harmonica solo is a little cliche but probs not for it's time, 8/10 dont get around much anymore - keychange is nice, 6/10 someone to watch over me - overall thoughts timeless? outlaw country has grown up and needs lounge music. wiki says the recording was stripped back / minimal. Would love modern minimal re-production. some standouts. odd this album over red headed stranger

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Beautiful album

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Mellow. Soft listening. Relaxing.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Very mellow, don't think I've listened to him much

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Nice

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

Love me some cover songs! Like Willie, usually hit or miss for me on his stuff. Some I love, some just ok.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

Willie displays his characteristic crooning and soft, easy listening music in this album of both originals and standbys. It is a perfectly enjoyable and succinct experience that highlights his style and why he is so revered across genres.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Can't argue with this

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Spellbinding. Produced by Booker T.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

If there was ever an album that could make a grown man cry, this is it.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Love the jazzy nature of the guitar work. Beautiful. And his voice. Fuuug...

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Quite liked Willie Nelson to begin with, but this album is amazing! Stardust and Georgia on my mind are my favorites, gotta learn to play that.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

Nice country songs. "Georgia on my mind", "Moonlight in vermont", "blue skies". Liked it.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Was sure i wouldn't know any of the songs. Knew almost all what the hell

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Lovely album with some classic songs

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

Mellow.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Soft 4 stars. Wasn’t sure what I o expect as I’m not familiar with willie Nelson. I think it’s good that the first album of his I listened to were covers. A bunch of beautiful songs. Glad I gave it a shot

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

This album is so very lovely!

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

songs very soothing all about a girl but not really in a sexual way but more in a caring and compassionate living way it was nice and calming

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Lovely treatments of standards.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

His understated voice is beautiful.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Thanks Willie, dit is prachtig

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Welcome to America. Welcome to Nashville. We want Chilli Willie!

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Braw.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

After doing his famous outlaw country stint in the early 70's, Willie Nelson says "fuck it" and does a bunch of standards. He does a Duke Ellington song on here! How novel! Songs here are peaceful and sweat. I love that Nelson went in a slightly country pop direction with the added strings to give the songs extra depth. Just really soothing listens from Ol' Willie here. It's especially warm and cozy with the guitar on this record. Simply wonderful.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Willie is always a good listen although this one wasn't his best. 4 stars.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

I would have way preferred this to be an album in Willie Nelson's trademark outlaw country style. Instead we get a bunch of covers of sappy, old, popular love songs. Still, even though it's not what I'd hoped for, this is pretty got. The songs may be more than sappy and the performance seemingly sparse, but the execution is flawless. It's not one that I'm likely to return to, but it was a great album for background listening during work.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Willie Nelson's voice isn't what you typically think of when you think good vocals. I mean, it's probably a 7 at best. But what he does with it and how his warbles can tug at your soul is pretty amazing. I normally don't like remakes (of classics or otherwise) but his (and Booker T's) interpretation and arrangement of them is great. I'm pretty sure this is one of Willie's records that my dad used to regularly play and while I didn't get it then, I get it now. A solid listen.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Nice songs, saved one.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

This guy's voice is a gift. I mean, it doesn't matter what he sings. I even don't hate the cover of Under Pressure he did that was totally a misfire because his voice is so incredible. Country music is not my favorite genre, in fact, it may be my least favorite, next to whatever Brian Eno is, but there's something special about Willie. Here he goes back to covers, which is generally not the strongest form for an album. He does create a calming album here and stays away from typical country trappings and just makes these songs Willie. There's a lot to say for an album that can put you in a calm space, so I have to hand it to him there. I can't believe this album is from 1978 and it was his 22nd studio album! This guy's been rocking for a LONG time. The arrangements are nice, singer-songwriter style versions. It's an easy listen for sure.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

A classic collection of standards. I'm a little confused why this album is included. It's a great album, no doubt, and I'm rating it a 4/5, much higher than a lot of albums on this list, but nothing on this album strikes me as particularly inventive enough to be included as an album I MUST hear. Even some bad 1 or 2 star rated albums, I can at least understand why they are included. But this really good album's inclusion just baffles me. Still, it's Willie and it's impossible not to like it (for me). Such a talented man. His version of Unchained Melody is my favorite (with Elvis' a close second). Elvis' is way more moving and powerful, but Willie's is way more intimate; it's a way a man would sing to his lover, not screaming in her face like Elvis.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Hearing Willie warble over these classic standards reminds you that even without his originals, he's still one of the greats. Stardust itself is a tearjerker. Would give it 4.5 if we were doing halves.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Nice. Soothing. Great classics.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Easy listening.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

pretty good, would be good to drive or chill to

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Haven't listened to Willie Nelson before, and I've never heard an album with so many different covers kind of exploring someone's musical influences and history! Liked the music and the idea.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Willie is the man.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Chique

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

really great album. Willie's got a good voice that this album show. some of the songs are older than me.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Beautiful vocal performance by WN, very subtle and classy set of covers here, surprising and really enjoyable

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

slow but stardust is awesome

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Nice.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

When I first saw Willie Nelson’s name I was a little bit apprehensive as I am not a fan of country and Western. This album is a lot better than that, it shows just how versatile he is as a singer covering very many different genres. Quite enjoyable as an easy listen .

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

10 covers. I can see why it was a commercial success. I'm happy for everyone that loves it. But it ain't quite me.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

A delightful, utterly charming set of covers that would make you believe that they were Willie originals. On an impeccable run during his immersive outlaw country era, Stardust finds Willie at the top of his game. Seek this out when you have the chance. Favorites: Stardust, Georgia on My Mind, Blue Skies, All of Me, Unchained Melody, September Song.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

4.25

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

While not typically my genre, this was very good.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Beautiful album art. I'm expecting a pretty album of sweet possibly melancholy songs about love. Looking at the track list I'm sensing this is an album of standards? Some lovely choices. I think I'm in for some low key pleasantness. As the first, eponymous track plucks out its sweet beginning I can tell immediately this is going to be a pretty little gem. If you are Willie Nelson and you can do what you want, why not make something nice for people to drink wine and get old together to? Warm and wonderful; he makes it seem so easy. Did this album change the world? No. Does it make the world just a little nicer? Yes. I'm glad to have listened and will probably get it out from time to time when the circumstances are just so.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

The songs are a bit cheesy, but the renditions are beautiful

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Kinda slow but loved the harmonica. Would only listen to on some days

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Very good album, I like

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Tue May 10 2022
4

Nelson makes this sound so easy, the whole project seems like kind of a softball pitch. Classic songs, straightforward arrangements, mostly voice and guitar. But the product is incredibly pleasing which hints I think that the simplicity is deceptive. Nelson nails every song and shows his great versatility as an artist.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Willie Nelson just seems like such a friendly and interesting guy, he'd smoke a joint with you and really go out of his way to get to know you. This was a really nice album, a collection of oldies covers, big band, jazz, but Willie puts his stamp on it and you have these beautiful acoustic renditions with some fantastic understated guitar work and his trademark voice with a bit more crooning going on. This was such a nice listen, and didn't overstay it's welcome at under 40 minutes.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Warm like a campfire

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Country gang Lande gäng

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Старая классика в хорошем исполнении. Классный альбом.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Very pleasant.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

Interessante, un country molto relax e funk. molto bella la versione di Unchained Melody

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Mais um ótimo álbum, um disco de covers muito bem feitos abençoados com a voz de Willie Nelson. Melhores músicas: Georgia on my mind, Unchained Melody e Moonlight in Vermont.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

distinto a lo que suelo escuchar. muy bueno y de chill

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Sat Jul 16 2022
4

Pretty interesting experiment to take music standards and put together a stripped down country western version. All pretty successful, and is easy to enjoy.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Absolutely wonderful country music from Willie Nelson. I'm instantly sold as my first exposure to his music and plan to check out his new album, which I've also heard is great. This really is "watching the stars" kind of music.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

This is a fun album that has Willie stepping a bit out of his genre. There is a slight cheesiness to it but in a good way

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

A little slow but very enjoyable

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Imagine naming your whole album after a song you're just covering. The few songs I recognized, I think I prefer the original versions (especially Stardust and Unchained). In principle, I don't respect albums that are just covers AS much as original songs. But the album was still very enjoyable to me, and I could see myself peacefully and pleasantly listening to this album again. It does have a magic to it. Adding an old-timey country touch to these classic adult standards works well.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

What a surprise! I thought Nelson was only a country singer. He gives these classics a stellar performance, smooth and personal at the same time. Worth a repeat!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

3.5/5 . decent and chill in the background

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

4/5

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Not my first choice, but it's hard to go wrong with Willie.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Really loved this. Great covers that maintain a calm vibe with beautiful instrumentation and even the vocals were much better than I was expecting. Will be revisiting for sure

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Unexpectedly good covers of the standards

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Soothing and chill album with a nice voice and good guitar work. I like it.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Blue Skies and All of Me are standouts. The arrangement is generally sparse, letting Willie do his thing. On the Sunny Side of the Street is another highpoint.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

I had never heard of the artist or this record but I was pleasantly surprised. Although none of the songs are original, they still sound great and Willie Nelson brings so much style and flair to these classic songs. A very beautiful listen and I'm very impressed by what Willie Nelson was able to produce here. Favorite Track: All of Me, Georgia On My Mind Least Favorite Track: Don't Get Around Much Anymore

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

I don't know who were the authors of almost all of these songs, but these covers were extremely beautiful! I think I can't give this album 5 stars, since some of the songs were a bit forgettable, but it is a record than can be definitely listened over and over. Also, the cover art is pretty iconic.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

7/10

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

LP

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Great cover album by Willie Nelson.

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