Willie Nelson - One Hell Of A Ride

The many phases and stages of Nelson’s entire career

One Hell Of A Ride

This 100-song
covers all the
varied phases of
the Outlaw
godfather’s 50-
plus years of
pop and country
music making. For the first time
in a Nelson compilation,
material is drawn from the entire span and all the record
labels of his near-mythic
career. Beginning in the mid-
50s with a couple of radio
station titles (the Lefty Frizell-like
When I’ve Sang My Last
Hillbilly Song and his own No
Place For Me) and ending,
quite appropriately, with
2006’s Bubbles In My Beer (by
fellow songwriter Cindy Walker)
and a recent studio recasting of the aforementioned Last
Hillbilly Song.

Basically, the first CD
presents a series of great but
mostly over-produced Nelson
titles, while the remaining
three work their roughly
chronological way through the
succeeding decades, where
Nelson boldly followed his
Texas instincts wherever they
led him. The inclusion of
plenty of duets, with the likes
of Merle Haggard, Waylon
Jennings (the classic Good
Hearted Woman), Leon Russell,
Webb Pierce (on Jimmie
Rodgers’ In The Jailhouse
Now), Ray Charles, Faron
Young, Hank Snow (on Snow’s
rocking I’m Movin’ On) and
Julio Iglesias make for
particularly enjoyable listening.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Columbia/Legacy | 88697139152 (4-CD)

Reviewed by Gary von Tersch
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