Willie Nelson - Greatest Hits (And Some That Will Be)
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Greatest Hits (And Some That Will Be) (Columbia/Legacy, 2003)

Willie Nelson

Reviewed by Eli Messinger

Despite the difficulty of summarizing Willie Nelson's work, Columbia did a fine job of excerpting his first 13 albums for the label with 1981's "Greatest Hits." The 20-track 2-LP set, expanded to 23 tracks on this reissued CD (adding "All of Me" "Remember Me" and "Midnight Rider"), features a broadly picked set of Nelson's offerings, including chart topping singles, live takes, Tin Pan alley standards, honky-tonk two-steps, duets, and remakes of earlier RCA material. It's a surprisingly fulfilling trip through Nelson's eclectic catalog, programmed for musical, rather than chronological, continuity. The recitation of hits, and well selected album tracks (including Jimmy Buffett's "Railroad Lady" and Lefty Frizzell's "Look What Thoughts Will Do"), flesh out a rich musical picture.

Nelson's Columbia albums largely stand as self-contained works, each with its own theme and purpose. Taken as either a series or in anthology, they form an eclectic and original musical tapestry. "Greatest Hits" successfully sums up a broad slice of Nelson's albums. For an overview, "Greatest Hits," is a fine introduction.

CDs by Willie Nelson

The Border, 2024 Bluegrass, 2023 Don't Know A Thing About Love, 2023 A Beautiful Time, 2022 That's Life, 2021 First Rose of Spring, 2020 Ride Me Back Home, 2019 My Way, 2018 Last Man Standing, 2018 Willie's Stash Volume 2, 2017 God's Problem Child, 2017 Summertime Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, 2016 Band of Brothers, 2014 To All the Girls..., 2013 Let's Face the Music and Dance, 2013 Freedom, 2012 Remember Me Vol. 1, 2011 Country Music, 2010 American Classic, 2009 Lost Highway, 2009 Naked Willie, 2009 One Hell of a Ride, 2008 Moment of Forever, 2008 Songbird, 2006 Live From Austin, TX, 2006 Songs of Cindy Walker, 2006 You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker, 2006

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