Nelson Willie - Heroes (CD)
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Willie Nelson delivers his first new album, Heroes, as part of his homecoming to Legacy Recordings. No themes or gimmicks to this album, just 13 brand new recordings produced by Buddy Cannon (Academy of Country Music' producer of the year 2006).Scheduled for release in time for Willie's 79th birthday, the songs take on a reflective, emotional tone and move from heartfelt (a stunning rendition of Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe") to humor (on "Roll Me Up" with guest vocalist Snoop Dogg). Other guest vocalists on the album include Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnston, Billy Joe Shaver and Sheryl Crow. Sons Lukas and Micah Nelson also feature prominently, making this a real family affair.This beautiful album, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, should have broad appeal among Nelson's core fans and followers and beyond.
- Progressive Country
- Copy Control
- Number of Items
- Country of Origin
- USA / Canada
- Sony Music Entertainment
- Audio CD
- Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "He pays tribute to Coldplay with a wrenching solo version of 'The Scientist' and honors country outlaw Billy Joe Shaver with the sad, lovely 'Hero.'"
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Horse Called Music, A
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Roll Me Up
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] That's All There Is to This Song
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] No Place to Fly
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Come on Up to the House
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Hero
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] My Window Faces the South
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Sound of Your Memory, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Cold War with You
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Just Breathe
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Home in San Antone
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Come on Back Jesus
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Scientist, The
- Pop / Rock
- Release Date
- 1 April 2012
Personnel: Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Buddy Cannon (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Lukas Nelson (electric guitar); Mike Johnson (steel guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Jim "Moose" Brown (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ); Paul Shaffer (Hammond b-3 organ); Butch Carr (synthesizer); Steve Brewster, Tony Creasman (drums); Lance Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Melonie Cannon (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Butch Carr.
Recording information: Big Gassed Studios; Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Brewbeat Studio, Nashville, TN; Cannon Productions; DSR, Hollywood, CA; Eastwood Studios; Henson Studios, Hollywood, CA; Hicksville Studio; Merle Haggard's Talley Studio, Palo Cedro, CA; Ocean Way Hollywood; Pedernales Recording Studios, Austin, TX; Sound Emporium Recording Studios, Nashville, TN; The Moose Lodge; Vibe 56 Recording Studio.
Photographers: David McClister; Frank Harkins.
Returning to the Columbia/Sony family after nearly two decades away, Willie Nelson once again tries to be everything to everybody on 2012's Heroes, an appealingly misshapen collection of classics, contemporaries, and originals. Heroes -- its title signifying no great concept -- is roughly divided into quarters, with part of the album devoted to the Western swing and Texas country he's always loved to sing, part consisting of new songs from Willie, part originals from his son Lukas, and part covers of newer, rock-oriented tunes from the likes of Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, and Chris Martin. Each of these categories is a bit hit-or-miss, either succumbing to cutesy novelty (the dope-smoking anthem "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die," complete with country cadences from a non-rapping Snoop Dogg) or laziness, and there's a wee bit too much Lukas Nelson scattered throughout the record, with the son of the father singing on no less than nine of the album's 14 songs. This can be too much of a strong spice, obscuring the overall flavor of the music, but Lukas contributes a couple of the record's best songs in "Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her" and "The Sound of Your Memory," songs that fit well next to a quite beautiful version of Vedder's "Just Breathe" and yet another strong, swinging rendition of "My Window Faces the South." And so Heroes kind of winds up summarizing all that's good and bad about Willie as he approaches his 80th birthday: he's open to everything but has no innate editor, so he whiffs as often as he connects, but when he does connect, it's a wonder to behold...and somehow he can still surprise whenever he sings those old songs. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
- Date Released
- 2012-04-01 00:00:00
- Audio Format
- PCM Audio
- Studio / Live
- Video Disabled
- Willie Nelson
- Buddy Cannon
- 58m 31s
- Eric Fritsch; Jeremy Brown; Travis "Shaggy" Marshall; John "Ace" Otten; Steve Chadie; T.W. Cargile; Butch Carr
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