Willie Nelson

Moonlight Becomes You

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It's an indication of how out of whack the country boom has gotten at major labels when a proven giant like Willie Nelson must cut tremendous records for tiny independents. There are wonderful originals and sympathetic, engaging covers, Nelson approaches his Stardust peak vocally, and a great cast plays these songs with consummate skill and ease, blending country, Western swing, jazz and pop elements. Those with rigid definitions of country may wonder how a CD with "Sentimental Journey" and the title track fits into the genre; anyone with open ears knows the answer.

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