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Honeysuckle Rose [Expanded Edition]

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Willie Nelson 6/24/2003

Review

The soundtrack to Honeysuckle Rose is an anomaly in the genre. It is really a collection of songs by Willie Nelson and his Family band as well as a host of friends like Jody Payne, Johnny Gimble, Amy Irving, Hank Cochran, Jeannie Seely, Kenneth Threadgill, Dyan Cannon, and Emmylou Harris, all of it set in a concert-like atmosphere and performed live in front of an audience. Now it's true that Nelson is the hero of the movie, but the movie hardly matters when it comes to the soundtrack because it stands so well as a document on its own. Cochran's performances are as inspiring as anything he ever did in his life. Nelson's readings of his own tunes like "Bloody Mary Morning," "On the Road Again," "Pick Up the Tempo," "Heaven or Hell," and others are solid, inspired, and rollicking. His versions of tunes written by Kris Kristofferson ("Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again"), Rodney Crowell ("Angel Eyes"), and Lee Clayton ("If You Could Touch Her at All") blow away the studio versions. And the duets with Cannon, Harris, and Irving are moving and direct. The sound is much improved on this remastered version with a real bass presence and far less crowd noise during the performances. In addition they restore Irving's reading of Nelson's "If You Want Me to Love You I Will," which was omitted from the original CD release, and add a pair of bonus tracks, making it a superb value. [An expanded edition was also released.] ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 On the Road Again Willie Nelson 2:37
  3. 2 Pick Up the Tempo Waylon Jennings 2:36
  4. 3 Heaven or Hell Willie Nelson 2:16
  5. 4 Fiddlin' Around Willie Nelson 3:24
  6. 5 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Willie Nelson 2:45
  7. 6 Working Man Blues Willie Nelson 3:38
  8. 7 Jumpin' Cotton Eyed Joe Willie Nelson 2:49
  9. 8 Yesterday's Wine Willie Nelson 2:14
  10. 9 Whiskey River Willie Nelson 3:54
  11. 10 Bloody Mary Morning Willie Nelson 3:42
  12. 11 Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) Willie Nelson 3:43
  13. 12 I Don't Do Windows Willie Nelson 3:18
  14. 13 Coming Back to Texas Willie Nelson 2:21
  15. 14 If You Want Me to Love You I Will Willie Nelson 1:31
  16. 15 It's Not Supposed to Be That Way Willie Nelson 3:21
  17. 16 You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine) Willie Nelson 3:15
  18. 17 If You Could Touch Her at All Willie Nelson 3:28
  19. 18 Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground Willie Nelson 4:23
  20. 19 I Guess I've Come to Live Here in Your Eyes Willie Nelson 3:22
  21. 20 Angel Eyes Willie Nelson 2:40
  22. 21 So You Think You're a Cowboy Willie Nelson 2:28
  23. 22 Good Hearted Woman Willie Nelson 1:48
  24. 23 Make the World Go Away Willie Nelson 2:40
  25. 24 Two Sides to Every Story Willie Nelson 3:6
  26. 25 A Song for You Willie Nelson 2:35
  27. 26 Uncloudy Day Willie Nelson 4:17

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