Willie Nelson - Willie Nelson: The Legendary Broadcast

Russell’s around for Willie

Willie Nelson: The
Legendary Broadcast

From stellar 60s session
mainstay and high profile
bandleader for the likes of Joe
Cocker and George Harrison, to
last year’s highly successful
reunion with Elton John, Leon
Russell has proved himself as
both invaluable right-hand man
and solo artist in his own right.
Meanwhile, Willie Nelson is the
rock of outlaw country music, a
baked and gritty campaigner
against that genre’s syrup-coated
mainstream, always up
for a collaboration over his 50
year recording career.

The pair got together in
1979 to record an album called
One For The Road, which
extended to a joint TV special
presenting its songs, hardy
standards and items from their
respective illustrious
catalogues, kicking off with a
boisterous rendition of
Heartbreak Hotel. The grizzled
duo, plus guests Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt, are mainly
shown in soft focus head-and-shoulders
close-up, introducing
songs with short solo
narratives, having a good old
time (and, in the Stetson-crowned
Russell’s case,
providing an unintentionally
hilarious moment by gazing
into the camera for several
seconds then faltering under
the weight of his eyelids).

At just under an hour with
no extras, it’s a compact little
exercise, the highlight being a
heady duet on Sinatra-linked
standard One For My Baby
(And One More For The Road).

3 stars 3 stars 3 stars

Chrome Dreams | CVIS 609

Reviewed by Kris Needs
<< Back to Issue 387