Willie Nelson

Greatest Hits Live in Concert

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This 1996 live release is of undetermined origin; no liner notes or recording information are provided, but the presence of "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" place it somewhere in the latter part of Nelson's career. The sound quality is imperfect but certainly acceptable. Most importantly, the album captures the country innovator live, where he's free to work his mercurial muse for all it's worth. As usual, he mixes jazz, country and pop into a rich, idiosyncratic stew. He navigates the changes of "Stardust" with grace and digs deep into himself for emotive performances of his classic ballads "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" and "You Were Always on My Mind." Throughout, the songs are punctuated by Nelson's trademark gut-string guitar, weaving snaky lines around his vocal melodies.

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