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Stardust

Willie Nelson

1978

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Stardust

Rating

3.34

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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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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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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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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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5

Georgia on my Mind and Unchained Melody are especially good!

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5

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

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

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

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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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lame covers

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

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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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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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5

great! and I usually don't listen to country

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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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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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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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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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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5

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

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Great

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A lot of known songs

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

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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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Brilliant

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

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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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5

Gorgeous album, super chilled out

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5

sounds very pretty, beautiful and calming

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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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Very Good Album!

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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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5

Great album.

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5

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

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5

Man I love it Calming soothing and honest

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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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5

Super easy listening

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5

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

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5

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

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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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5

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

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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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5

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

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5

Soothing and calm, but a tad short.

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Soul is happy

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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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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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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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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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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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9/10

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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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Beautiful, just beautiful. 5****

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

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5

This was a sweet treat. Soft and melodic.

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

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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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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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Perfect in my book.

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5

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

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5 stars

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idk yet

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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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5

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

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5

Peerless country soul

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Great singing and arrangements. Liked the low key approach.

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

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a nice low pace album of good songs

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

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

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Some really cool arrangements

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

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

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classic willie

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

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Classic.

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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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quire relaxing, 4 stars

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

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Amazing a classic!

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

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Incredible. One of the best voices ever

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Groot fan van Willie, niet zijn beste album maar toch

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

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Very easy listening - could play & replay this album

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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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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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4

A great classic!

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

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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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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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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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Not the best vocalist, but atmospheric versions of standards

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Nice and calming

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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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Beautiful album

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4

Mellow. Soft listening. Relaxing.

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

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Nice

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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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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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Can't argue with this

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Spellbinding. Produced by Booker T.

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

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4

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

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

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

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4

Lovely album with some classic songs

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Mellow.

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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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This album is so very lovely!

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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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Lovely treatments of standards.

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His understated voice is beautiful.

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Thanks Willie, dit is prachtig

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

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Braw.

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

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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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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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4

Nice songs, saved one.

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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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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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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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4

Nice. Soothing. Great classics.

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Easy listening.

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pretty good, would be good to drive or chill to

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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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Willie is the man.

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Chique

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

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slow but stardust is awesome

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Nice.

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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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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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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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4.25

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While not typically my genre, this was very good.

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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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4

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

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

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Very good album, I like

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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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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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Warm like a campfire

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Country gang Lande gäng

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Felt... nostalgic. (harmonica!)

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Respect to a legend. Super interesting concept

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Some nice covers, and the kind of country I can be ok with, not fantastic though.

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Lepposaa musaa raskaaseen päivään

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good vibes, ταξιδιάρικο

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całkiem git bardzo spokojny

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Fajny vibe, nostalgiczny bardzo album.

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a nice cover album, first exposure to willie nelson, it was lovely. nice album to put on when relaxing

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Litt for kjedelig i lengden

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Really liked this. very mellow and just the right side of full cheese.

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We honestly forgot we were listening to this. It's very, VERY, background music.

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I've never listened much to Willie, but his stuff is good. It's as far towards country as I can stand. Definitely worth listening to more.

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Well the album art is nice. all very solid covers as well - not the willie nelson energy I was expecting

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Casi podría decir que me decepcionó el disco porque cuando leí que era de Willie Nelson covereando American Standards me imaginé una mejor selección o al menos arreglos más interesantes. Sí, Georgia On My Mind suena bien, pero el resto la verdad pasan sin pena ni gloria.

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Pleasant. Good weekend morning music.

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It seemed good, but at the end it was kinda meh.

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Had multiple covers that were good. Album good for putting on in the background and doing chores. Mellow music.

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Laid back but didn't really catch my interest.

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Very late night very easy Listening. Not unpleasant!

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Only good song was Unchained Melody

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Slow

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No tenía ni idea de la existencia de este disco. Creo que es un excelente disco de Willie Nelson, muy muy interesante ver este justo cerca del disco de covers de Ray Charles, en este caso cual si fuera un espejo con canciones que sí conozco en arreglos a country. Sus arreglos muy correctos, la producción muy limpia, las versiones son buenas y el muy en su papel de siempre; y ese creo es el problema por el que no le doy mas puntos; Willie Nelson tiene una forma particular de cantar que no tengo otra manera de llamare mas que "plana," suba o baje la nota el tempo o la emoción todo lo canta con el mismo énfasis (o falta de más bien) y aunque esto funciona muy bien en su estilo de country outlaw en estas canciones, a pesar de las flores que les acabo de echar, siento se queda corto; Unchained Melody en particular se siente opaquísima y plana y al compararla con la original se oye muy apagada. Esto se repite con digamos 2/3 de las canciones. A pesar de como dije ser un disco con muy buenos arreglos y no sentir que se le puede achacar que la manera de cantar sea incorrecta (porque siempre ha sido su estilo) en la combinación con estas canciones hay algo que no me termina de cuajar.

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Rap

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Vibing

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Not bad!

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Just remixes? Pretty chill.

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I read this album was recorded in 9 days. I'm not a huge Willie fan, but this is pretty good although a little dull.

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Damn. Smooth as fuck

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Not as country as i was expecting, even a splash of jazz . Effortless vocals Note to self: listen to Willie Nelson when cranky

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Pleasant album

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Not as bad as I thought but not very good. It was interesting hearing Willie Nelson cover songs I’m familiar with but his voice is so bad that I feel like I should just listen to other versions of those songs.

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Bff

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carino, un po' malinconico, tranquillo e monotono a lungo andare. non è troppo il mio stile ma alcune canzoni sono belline, non andrebbe ascoltato tutto di fila perché poi mi stufo

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3.1 - Just a quick aside to consider this album within the context of Willie’s career: This was his 22nd studio album, by this point he’d been recording for 22 years, he was 45 years old at the time of its release, and now in 2021 he’s 87 years old. I say all this because recording an album of pop standards is a move artists often make in the twilight of their careers. In the case of Willie Nelson, was this album a stopgap to appease his record company, and to give himself just a little respite from the grind of writing and touring? The album is fine. His voice sounds sweet and clear as ever. The arrangements do justice to the original recordings while accentuating Willie’s strengths. It’s obviously more than a little boring. It’s an album you put on when your grandparents are visiting. It also makes me mourn the musical wasteland of 1978 if this is an example of some of the strongest output for that year.

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Not bad, but not very interesting

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Nice enough for what it is

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nice

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3.5 stars. It was pretty good but didn't do much for me, probably won't listen again. Pretty album art though

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Mooi, maar het raakt me niet erg.

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Niet oonaardig, ook niet bepaald prikkelend.

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I thought Willie Nelson was a different genre, so I really wasn't expecting this. More 80's than I thought.

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lovely

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Surprised to enjoy this so much, given my dislike for country, but I think it's something about the older country music that I like more Saved: Georgia On My Mind, All of Me

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overcooked vibes. kinda cute

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Not hugely my kinda thing but defo 3

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It was not really my thing but it was fine

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Calming, nothing remarkable though

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Best Songs: Blue Skies, September Song Worst Song: Georgia on My Mind

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Quite pleasant to have on in the background

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I mean, what's not to like about Willie doing standards from the American Songbook? Sweet stuff, nothing mind blowing but good renderings of the classics.

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Good album but man I am not a fan of country

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not really my thing but it was good

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This is perfectly pleasant but... I refuse to believe this is an album I must listen to before I die. Pleasant vocals, pleasant playing but why listen to this when you could listen to Sinatra or Ella sing these standards? Highlights - September Song,

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3/5 Rätt bra album. Vill ha mer upbeat låtar och mindre covers. Bästa låtar: Stardust Unchained Melody Don't get around much anymore

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calm

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Liked it but was a little boring. Arrangements didn’t capture the imagination as much as I hoped they would

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good songs but a bit slow overall to listen to as an album. good for the right mood.

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Some good tracks on here. Stardust is nice. Overall very simple acoustic tracks, but the sentimentality borders at times into extreme kitsch.

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Country music isn't really my thing, but compared to some albums I've listened to recently, this was alright.

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Willie has a soft voice. Almost too soft sometimes, like he’s singing karaoke. This album has a honky tonk feel mixed with an upbeat romance vibe. Almost like something you would hear being played in a cafe. Fav song: Moonlight in Vermont

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I was surprised that an album of covers was my first recommendation for Willie Nelson. This was the first album I had to read about after listening to it. (This was the 193rd album that I've reviewed from the 1001 albums generator".) I had previously heard two or three tracks from this album. The album sounds like a Willie Nelson album. "Stardust" and "Blue Skies'' were my favorite tracks. I don't ever like "Unchained Melody" no matter who sings it. There are tracks I like, but the album as a whole gets 3 stars.

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Pretty good music. 2RS

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6/10, good covers, but not incredible. Frontloaded and conceit fades throughout the album

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A very light and lovely album. It’s clear he approached this with a lot of love and care. That said I don’t know that I’ll listen to it much more. There were some songs that really hit me, but the rest didn’t.

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-Very nice a nd pretty, but just not very exciting -"Georgia On My Mind," "Blue Skies," and "Moonlight In Vermont" were all nice

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There's nothing really bad you can say about this album. Beautiful, classic standards sung in the silky smooth country crooner tones of Willie Nelson. Not really my favorite type of music, but can definitely appreciate it. 3 stars.

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Willie's voice and gentle approach to these classics give them a decent twist. Overall the album is a little too laid back and one note to warrant a re-listen.

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probably one of the best country albums i've heard, still country though

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Een coveralbum, goed gebracht maar niet zo spectaculair

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Listening to this is easy because Willie makes it sound easy. It's one of the least country albums I can imagine him making: Traditional instrumentation pokes its head up from time to time, but never all the way and always tastefully. On the Sunny Side of the Street has the best sonic blend going. As with coffee, I see little reason to choose the blend for myself, but it goes down great in the company of friends. His voice can easily convince you that he's that friend in this scenario. I don't think it sways my final impression, but the closer is crushingly affective.

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This was fine but felt very safe

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Willie Nelson's Stardust is a collection of more 'pop' style music than I was expecting from what I've heard of Nelson's country pedigree. The album was a lookback at his childhood, Nelson wanted to bring these songs to a new audience, along with bringing an older one back into the fold of listening to music again. Overall an enjoyable compilation album of covers which, similarly to its namesake, has a starry quality throughout. Best: Stardust; Unchained Melody Worst: On the Sunny Side of the Street

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Never listened to Willie Nelson before, excited to hear this. Love the album art here! UPDATE: This was a great collection of covers. Don't know if it's a strong read on Nelson's own writing but I enjoyed what I heard.

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Nice easy listening album. Didn't really get me going but would be great music to just have on in the house

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Smooth and easygoing vocals that give off the same vibe as American 50s classics like Sinatra. Nowhere as good though. Country sound doesn't go excessive like I'm used to. Great production by Booker T. But when all the songs use the same methods, you can tell which songs work well with their style and which don't. Turns out some work super well, but the majority either fall flat or rely too much on people knowing the covers or getting comfortable with Nelson's voice.

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An album of covers. I think that's a first for our list, even though we've had a lot of covers here and there. Excuse the pun, but this is a softer Willie than I expected. I do like this album, though I think I'd rather hear him in the more traditional country space. Regardless, some good renditions here of songs we all know and love. Favorite tracks: Georgia On My Mind, September Song, Blue Skies. Album art: Not much to speak of, but it's a nice starry night picture. Fits the title obviously. Not sure if it fits the music, but it's good to look at. 3.5/5

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Haven't listened to Willy before like this and I think it's safe to say he is the Frank Sinatra of country, just based on this album. A sad country boy reminiscing about love and loss and other country things.

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Love his work …. Another good album

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Funny how dated and schmaltzy it sounds, to this 90s kids' ears.

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Indifference where I feel I should have more feelings

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I didn't expect to like this album at all, as Willie Nelson is pretty far outside of my favorites list. However, this is a departure from his normal fare, covering a bunch of different tunes from different genres. I still don't like his voice, but this album made the best of it. 3 stars.

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Willie, grote meneer, nelson. misschien iets te veel van verwacht maar toch weer gezellig. Yihaaaa

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3/5

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Sometimes I wonder why I spend The lonely nights singing old songs Those melodies haunts my reverie And I am once again with you Willie singing tunes And each track an inspiration Ah, but that was long ago Now my consolation Is in the stardust of a song

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Feels like a christmas album.

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Surprised how good willie sounded.

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Enjoyed the simplicity of it all. Kinda the opposite of the Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country from 16 years previous.

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I love Willy, but I like his outlaw country much better than his covers. Still a good album.

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It's a fine album, full of covers I could here in movies.

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Pleasant. Nothing stood out specifically but was some nice easy listening

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I had never actually listened to Willie Nelson before this, and I did not expect this. Very beautiful and well put together album.

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Listened before? N Willie Nelson's 1978 Cover Album. This one was pretty good, but different for Willie. Pros: It's Willie Nelson! His voice was at it's peak here, and I believe he even won a Grammy for Georgia on My Mind. Good stuff. Cons: It's 100% slow songs. It's all covers, although, well-known ones. Not really the style I expect from Willie Nelson. I prefer his country stuff. Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: Georgia on My Mind

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Not my jam but can appreciate what willy can do. Relaxing album

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Interesting to hear an album of just covers. Definitely makes me want to hear more by him, and some of his original stuff.

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Kaunis ja pehmeä, miellyttävää nuotiomusiikkia. Genre ei vaan täysin nappaa. Voisin kuunnella uudestaan.

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Easy listening standards performed by an icon in outlaw country. It was nothing to change my life, but I can't fault the execution. I knew of most of these songs without really knowing them, so I can't comment on how Nelson has/hasn't re-imagined them. But I can say I'm a big fan of Nelson's vocals throughout: simple and unadorned, but often gliding into a smooth croon that seems to perfectly suit the material. He seems to get to the "truth" of every song on here, emphasising the lyrics at their heart. Instrumentation is very pretty, particularly the harmonica at times- corny as it may be, it added some lovely melodic touches. "Georgia On My Mind", "All Of Me" and "Unchained Melody" are my highlights and the ones I'll be most likely to revisit. There's a yearning quality in the latter that Nelson achieves through his delicate phrasing and delivery. It was hardly an exciting listen, but none of it offended me, so I'm going to stick it bang-slap in the middle of the road.

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enjoyed the nostalgia

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Overall, pretty great, lovely and thoughtful and highly respectful (and thus somewhat predictable) interpretation. A little monotonous in tone as the album goes on. I don't recall if this was one of the records Willie had to pump out because of his tax issues or how different or surprising this would have seemed for Willie fans at the time.

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Love Willie and have for years, just not this Willie.Put me too sleep…He’s so much better

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Gut, aber auch langweilig.

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Dit album geeft me het gevoel van een late zaterdagavond, of meer zondagochtend, onderweg naar huis, verlangend naar mijn bed, terwijl je eigenlijk behoefte hebt aan wat stevigere muziek om wakker te blijven. Zang en composities zijn verder prima. ***

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At the time, this album was likely seen as a risk; Willie already had a very successful, very deep country career, and this project was truly a departure from all of that. Willie found a way to take every song on this album, make them his own, and make them work for him. He did this without compromising his status as an outlaw country icon and without dishonoring the sweet spirit of the original versions. Willie's voice is so easy to listen to, and in covering some of these classics, he proved the easy listening quality of his voice can stand among the best of them.

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This was such a pleasant, enjoyable album. I like it a lot for what I call "campfire songs". :)

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Soothing album, but not likely something I’ll personally come back to. His version of Unchained Melody is better than the righteous brothers imo. And I really dig All Of Me. Sounds like some Toy Story/Up track. Big Pixar vibes from that one

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Felt like a Toy Story soundtrack. Great tamber to his voice. Favorite songs - All of Me, Georgia on my mind (Remix)

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Willie is another name for penis

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Georgia “From dust we came and to dust we will return” Farm, give someone an acoustic guitar, ask for a song, maybe it plays. Have a rest on a beach, wrap some sand, hear the waves, away from the desert. C

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Пара песен близки к тому, что можно назвать приятной классикой.

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Enjoyed it. Blue Skies was a treat.

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I didn’t listen to the whole album but I enjoyed what I heard much more than I thought I would. A solid 3*

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Best Song: Unchained Melody. Given that most versions of this song are intentionally and forcefully oversung, I enjoyed this more mellow rendition. Worst Song: Blue Skies. Too much reliance on the piano, and I wasn't a fan of the chorus. Overall: Sometimes the title and cover of an album sets an expectation of how the album will sound. Here, I expected an acoustic album, one you might expect to hear alongside a campfire under the stars. For that reason (and therefore perhaps unfairly), I was disappointed by the electric instrumentation on much of the album. I think the album would have been better if it were allowed to be more sparse so as not to draw away from Willie's often meek and subdued vocal delivery.

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So I thought Willie Nelson was country. But he's like Tom Waits light. It's all a bit weird innit and then suddenly it turns into an advert for a payday loan with the whistley happy song. Think I would possibly like it if I tanned the album. Sounds like it's probably a grower (that's what she said).

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3.5/5 Willie Nelson is always good. All new songs for me, but I like the way he tells a story with his guitar as background music. Favourite songs: - Blue skies - All of me

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Willie Nelson does a good job performing these old fun standards. Favourites: "Stardust", "Blue Skies", "On the Sunny Side of the Street"

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I've not listened to Willie before and I'm not sure a cover album is the best starting point to be honest. Sure, he's a good singerss but so are plenty of people and the performances aren't absolutely out of this world. Without any original material to elevate it, the album can't really rise above "decent".

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The sound of night car trips throughout my childhood. Delightful.

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I'm a big swing-era jazz fan so I'm very familiar with many of these songs. This was a very interesting experiment. I think it worked sometimes and other times didn't. Can't stay I particularly enjoyed the country aesthetic to these jazz songs, but I applaud the effort.

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Bra men inte särskilt greppande.

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Favorites: Georgia on My mind Stardust: decent - 0.5 Georgia on my Mind: Wondeful rendition of a classic - 1 Blue Skies: talk singing - 0 All of Me: like the harmonica - 0.75 Unchained Melody: another good rendition of a classic - 0.75 September Song: too slow for me - 0.5 On the Sunny Side of the Street: one of the better songs on this collection - 0.75 Moonlight in Vermont: meh - 0.5 Don’t get around much Anymore: I like this song, but not when Willie Nelson is singing it - 0.5 Someone to Watch Over me: pretty good - 1 For country music, this is tolerable. However, Willie does a lot of talk-singing throughout this album. If you’re going to cover a bunch of old jazz standards put some fucking effort into them. They’re classics that deserve respect. A lot of the music here is just meh. - -1 Total: 5.25/10

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Did not fit the mood for yesterday so probably a bit unfair. Slow soothing however probably a bit too much so.

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2.5|Willy Nelson covereando grandes para su época? Me gustaron los arreglos pero en algunas rolas me queda a deber como en unchained melody que mas bien parece que está hablando con el refrigerador, pero que gran riesgo el que tomaron

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Hopelijk komen er binnenkort wat betere albums op deze site... dit is wel erg slap

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pop standards. lounge music. but, still, willie is always cool

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Está lentorro

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Otra vez, si el disco fuera de dos rolas le pondría cuatro estrellas.

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Unchained Melody and a couple others are fun, but this is mostly for ooooold people

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Good, but boring

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What soothing tones

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Relax, lo que lo salva es que es corto

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My grandparents used to listen to stuff like this. And it actually took me back to that time. So I’m actually ok with most of this album. ‘Georgia On My Mind’ is pretty darn tootin.

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Los sencillos «Blue Skies» y «All of Me» llegaron respectivamente a los puestos uno y tres en la lista Hot Country Singles de Billboard. De los mejores albunes country

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Willie Nelson hatte ich anders in Erinnerung, und wenn Country, dann auch gern Country. Schöne Songs sind das auf dem Album, aber seit der Neu-Interpretation von damals sind irgendwie auch 50 Jahre und ungezählte weitere Neu-Interpretationen dieses beliebten Straußes bunter Melodien vergangen. Ist ganz nett, reißt mich aber auch überhaupt nicht vom Hocker. 2,4 oder 2,6 - das ist hier die Frage.

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Sympathisch, gefällig, zu nah an nett und dadurch schon mit einem Bein belanglos

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Easy listening op een zondagochtend...maar een beetje te easy voor mij.

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pleasant, almost too pleasant

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Ok. Wouldn't listen to again.

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Blue Skies, On the Sunny Side of the Street Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: There was nothing wrong with this album. Soothing country versions of classic songs. Not for me.

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i agree with both louis, just some calm music that does the country thing pretty tastefully. nothing really stood out to me though and again it's not rly my thing, though i do appreciate it

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0/10 trash one of the lylis are that "every thing will be allright only iof you believee the gyspy" this is untrue and wrong worst album ever last track do be pog but otherwise an ok album nothing amazing not much shit so uhhh 2/10 but because of last track uhh i give it a 5/10

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Maybe I just don’t like country music as much as I aspire to. This lost me some of the way through. Odd moments of transcendence and beauty for sure, but mostly faded into the background because I’m incapable of enjoying listening to old craggy men tell gorgeous tales in cracked voices over their melancholy guitars.

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This album is very slow. I usually like slow songs, but most of these were a miss for me. Highlights were Stardust, the title track, the cover of Unchained Melody and Someone To Watch Over Me.

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Mysigt! Jag vill definitivt minnas att detta är det lugnaste och kanske mest stämningsfulla album jag fått genererat hittills. Musik som man vill lyssna på när den inte ska ta så mycket uppmärksamhet, men ändå kunna ge dom som befinner sig i rummet en känsla av behag och trygghet. Det är precis den känslan jag får under min lyssning denna morgon, detta är något jag skulle kunna sätta på under en middag exempelvis, då det primära fokuset ligger på att föra ett samtal men Willie Nelson ligger i bakgrunden och skapar stämningen i rummet. Bäst: "Georgia on my mind"

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Sorry Willie… way out of taste range. Crooner, no…. Country, no! Not offensive though!

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4/10 not my thing

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Never listened to Willie before, but he has SO MANY ALBUMS. I was expecting more of a country vibe not going to lie, and I was pleasantly surprised by how slow and somber it was.

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It's ok. 5/10

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Kinda cool, respect the outlaw just kinda doing what he loves, but this was for him not me.

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Just suffers from being a covers album.

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I don't know. Not a huge Willy guy.

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Slow burning

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Gäsp!

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det ger mig liksom ingenting

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There is no point in Willie Nelson doing a cover album, much less of jazz/lounge standards. He adds nothing to these songs.

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Not to my tastes.

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I like Willie, but was disappointed that this was a very straightforward album of covers.

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I don't like "standards". It's not that I think they're the absolute worst thing ever to happen in music (pretty much the entire top 40 of the last 5-6 years is worse alone) but I do find the sentiment, cheesiness, lack of creativity and just overall low-hanging-fruitness of them kinda sickening. It's kinda telling that, in 2021, they're generally reserved for bottom-feeders like Norah Jones and Michael Buble. So yeah. I also recognise that this comes from a different time, and maybe it wasn't such a load of kitschy shit for Willie to put this crap out in 1978. So I'm trying to keep an open mind here, although this being the second Willie Nelson album I've had this week (and the second that isn't any good) it is a bit of a struggle. Overall, at least it has the good grace to only go for half an hour. 2/5.

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Please no more Willie Nelson, I'm good thanks.

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Found it quite boring, basic covers of standards with no real interesting additions or reinterpretation.

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Some of the songs are decent, but that's just because they're covers of classics. This artist doesn't really bring much to the table

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2/5 way too calming

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Pretty mellow. No stand out tracks.

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Not bad, mellow, enjoyed it more than I expected, but not a Nelson fan

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Muito tranquilo

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Nice and chill

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Not nearly enough energy here to sustain interest for even a sub-40 minute LP. Nelson can write a great country ballad, but without any uptempo tracks in the mix to balance them out this album becomes a snoozefest real quick.

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At least I now know why he is more famous for smoking weed than he is for his music.

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Like listening to my least favourite Gram Parsons songs. Would be ok in the background in a cafe... not offensive but very much backgound music

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Ok but slow. All pop covers, which is a weird pick for my 1st Willie Nelson, but ok.

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Very slow, okay as background wouldn’t actively listen.

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zzzzzzzzzzzzz Prefs: Stardust, Blue Skies, All of Me Moins pref: Georgia on My Mind

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This was very "easy listening" and Nelson's voice sounds thin compared with other classic country artists.

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Über Willie Nelson und sein quasi-erotisches Verhältnis zu seiner Gitarre „Trigger“zu lesen ist interessanter, als seinen Musik zu hören. Diese kleine Garstigkeit soll nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass ich ihn für einen sympathischen Typen und versierten Musiker halte, der sich der Sache verschrieben hat. Mir ist das alles zu konventionell, die Nähe zum Country tut ihr übriges. Aber seinen Django hat er ganz offenbar gehört.

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This was shit.

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Album didn't interest me, didn't listen to most of it.

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Not my bag. This is basically easy-listening for old stoners. Musically, it is one step above the music-man playing covers on an all-in-one Yamaha keyboard in your local mall. Production is high (pun intended), with backing strings and horns and the annoying harmonica guy leaning against the back wall. There are many covers on the album, the title track is a cover.. lame.

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I feel like I'm in Benidorm.

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country crooner sings sinatra style songs

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Not a big country fan. Please, next.

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Wow, that was slow. May cause fatigue!

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not my style

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auch nicht.

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Slappe zooi... Op naar de volgende!

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Yeah no thanks

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What a boring album. If you had asked me about Willie Nelson, all I knew would have been about his persona as a chilled, weed-smoking grandpa. So I was hoping for maybe some interesting psychedelic country, but this is just smaltzy overproduced cover version. This kind if shit is why people say they hate country

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Masturbatory schlock. This album takes lovely jazz standards and turns them into uninspired warbly lounge music.

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Vercshrikkelijke bingo muziek

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Too slow, not the biggest country fan

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No country pls.

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Sorry, I don't like this music.

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Reminds me of music you would hear in a particularly bland starbucks at christmas.

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Why not name this Classic Covers? I get so confused by who is the writer or presenter. This album was a great way to open eyes 👀 to country singing. But not a big Willie fan Lots more “twanging” talent out there, then & now. Willie is definitely talented in replicating music but in the years after this he shows a lot more talent and teaches the world what Country music is. Did like the rendition of Unchained Melody!

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Nah.

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A bit dull

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I really enjoyed this album. Of course, by enjoyed, I mean tolerated it. By tolerated I mean I'd rather be waxed from head to toe by an angry Glaswegian smack head, then dipped into a bath of lemon juice, all the while Clive Tyldesley screams Gael Clichy's name down my ear and the sound of the England football band limply plays the theme tune from The Great Escape, than ever listen to it again.

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I’m never a big fan of Willie’s vocals but the arrangements were fun and different.

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