While there's no way to capture the real essence of an artist as weighty as Willie Nelson on a mere ten-song collection, this brief set from Sony does contain some of the country legend's signature songs. Basically a highlight reel from his 1970s and '80s prime, the iconically titled Country includes "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Always on My Mind," "Georgia on My Mind," "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," and the eternal touring anthem "On the Road Again." All of the cuts are the original studio versions except for a live rendition of "Whiskey River," which is really the best way to hear that song anyway. If, by some chance, you had some friends who had never heard of Willie Nelson, you might buy them this humble little budget album.
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AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger