Willie And Leon – One For The Road (1979) [Official Digital Release] [2016, Reissue, Hi-Res]

Willie And Leon - One For The Road (1979) [Official Digital Release] [2016, Reissue, Hi-Res]

Willie And Leon – One For The Road (1979) [Official Digital Release] [2016, Reissue, Hi-Res]
Hi-Res | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz
Total Size: 1.09 GB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Columbia | Genre: Country

One for the Road, Willie Nelson’s duet record with fellow American music maverick Leon Russell, followed months after his freewheeling, jam-heavy double album Willie and Family Live. This record (once a double LP, now a single CD) wasn’t recorded live and the songs run a little shorter, but it shares the same sort of loose spirit and easy-rolling eclecticism as the two, essentially backed by the Family, run through a mess of country and pop standards. Continue reading “Willie And Leon – One For The Road (1979) [Official Digital Release] [2016, Reissue, Hi-Res]”

Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind (1982) [CBS Mastersound, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind (1982) [CBS Mastersound, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind (1982) [CBS Mastersound, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
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Total Size: 727 MB (Hi-Res) + 208 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: CBS Mastersound | US | Cat#: HC 47951 | Genre: World, Country
Half-Speed Mastered

Whether intentionally or not, the first album after a greatest-hits collection always raises the curtain on a new era, and in Willie Nelson’s case, the difference between the era recapped on 1981’s Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) and the one started with 1982’s Always on My Mind is startling. Throughout the late ’70s, Nelson’s freewheeling, organically eclectic music was not just the biggest thing in country, it was also some of its best, most adventurous music. Continue reading “Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind (1982) [CBS Mastersound, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”

Willie Nelson – The Willie Nelson Family (2021) [Japan Release]

Willie Nelson - The Willie Nelson Family (2021) [Japan Release]

Willie Nelson – The Willie Nelson Family (2021) [Japan Release]
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Total Size: 303 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Sony Records Int’l | Japan | Cat#: SICP 6427 | Genre: Country

Willie Nelson started calling his backing band the Family way back in 1973, right around the time he split from RCA, grew out his hair, and headed back to Texas. The Family also are featured on Willie Nelson Family, but this 2021 album is designed to feature his kin, including his sister Bobbie, his sons Lukas and Micah –the linchpins of Promise of the Real, sometimes backing band of Neil Young — and daughters Paula and Amy. Continue reading “Willie Nelson – The Willie Nelson Family (2021) [Japan Release]”

Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time (2022) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Willie Nelson - A Beautiful Time (2022) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time (2022) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]
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Total Size: 884 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Legacy | Genre: Country

Mortality hangs heavily on A Beautiful Time, as perhaps it should. The album came out on April 29, 2022, a day that’s otherwise known as Willie Nelson’s 89th birthday, and it arrived roughly two months after the death of his sister Bobbie, who played alongside him for the better part of 40 years. Continue reading “Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time (2022) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]”

Willie Nelson – Stardust (1978) [2001, Japan, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Willie Nelson - Stardust (1978) [2001, Japan, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Willie Nelson – Stardust (1978) [2001, Japan, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
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Total Size: 1.54 GB (ISO) + 694 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: SME Records | Japan | Cat#: SRGS 4563 | Genre: Country

At the height of outlaw country, Willie Nelson pulled off perhaps the riskiest move of the entire bunch. He set aside originals, country, and folk and recorded Stardust, a collection of pop standards produced by Booker T. Jones. Well, it’s not entirely accurate to say that he put away country and folk, since these are highly idiosyncratic interpretations of “Georgia on My Mind,” “All of Me,” “Moonlight in Vermont,” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” blending pop, country, jazz, and folk in equal measures. Continue reading “Willie Nelson – Stardust (1978) [2001, Japan, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Willie Nelson – That’s Life (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Willie Nelson - That's Life (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Willie Nelson – That’s Life (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]
WEB Download | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 44.1kHz
Total Size: 210 MB (CD-Quality) + 389 MB (Hi-Res) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Legacy | Genre: Country

The second of Willie Nelson’s Frank Sinatra tributes — records that belong on the same continuum as Stardust yet are their own distinct thing — That’s Life is a jauntier affair than My Way. Where that 2018 record never quite wallowed in melancholy, it seems like a saloon album compared to That’s Life, an LP that tends to lean into the swinging side of Sinatra so much, it can almost seem like a tip of the hat to the Chairman of the Board’s stature as king of Las Vegas. Continue reading “Willie Nelson – That’s Life (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]”

Willie Nelson – First Rose of Spring (2020) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Willie Nelson - First Rose of Spring (2020) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Willie Nelson – First Rose of Spring (2020) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]
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Total Size: 235 MB (CD-Quality) + 876 MB (Hi-Res) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Legacy Recordings | Genre: Country

The very title of First Rose of Spring — Willie Nelson’s 70th or 94th or 143rd, all depending on how you count things — suggests a bit of a rebirth, an emotion that hasn’t been particularly prevalent on the albums Willie recorded and released during his eighties. Turns out, the sentiment of the title and its accompanying song is a bit of a feint, since there are a fair number of nods to Nelson’s advanced age scattered through this 2020 record, but the tone of the album isn’t especially meditative or bleak. Continue reading “Willie Nelson – First Rose of Spring (2020) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]”

Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home (2019) {WEB, CD-Format + Hi-Res}

Willie Nelson - Ride Me Back Home (2019) {WEB, CD-Format + Hi-Res}

Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home (2019) {WEB, CD-Format + Hi-Res}
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Total Size: 247 MB (CD-Format) + 868 MB (Hi-Res) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Legacy | Genre: Country

Like so many Willie Nelson albums of the 2010s, Ride Me Back Home bears a title that appears to be a vague nod to Nelson’s mortality. Unlike, say, God’s Problem Child or Last Man Standing, the cloud doesn’t appear to hang so heavy on Ride Me Back Home, but maybe that’s because the album is amiably unkempt in a way its immediate predecessors were not. Some of that is due to how Nelson and his longtime producer Buddy Cannon don’t rely heavily on original material this time around. Continue reading “Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home (2019) {WEB, CD-Format + Hi-Res}”