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Honeysuckle Rose [Music From the Original Soundtrack]

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Honeysuckle Rose [Music From the Original Soundtrack] Review

by Thom Jurek

The soundtrack to Honeysuckle Rose is an anomaly in the genre. It is really a collection of songs by Willie Nelson and his Family band as well as a host of friends like Jody Payne, Johnny Gimble, Amy Irving, Hank Cochran, Jeannie Seely, Kenneth Threadgill, Dyan Cannon, and Emmylou Harris, all of it set in a concert-like atmosphere and performed live in front of an audience. Now it's true that Nelson is the hero of the movie, but the movie hardly matters when it comes to the soundtrack because it stands so well as a document on its own. Cochran's performances are as inspiring as anything he ever did in his life. Nelson's readings of his own tunes like "Bloody Mary Morning," "On the Road Again," "Pick Up the Tempo," "Heaven or Hell," and others are solid, inspired, and rollicking. His versions of tunes written by Kris Kristofferson ("Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again"), Rodney Crowell ("Angel Eyes"), and Lee Clayton ("If You Could Touch Her at All") blow away the studio versions. And the duets with Cannon, Harris, and Irving are moving and direct. The sound is much improved on this remastered version with a real bass presence and far less crowd noise during the performances.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
2 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
3 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
4 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson feat: Johnny Gimble 03:25 SpotifyAmazon
5 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
6 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 03:40 SpotifyAmazon
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Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson feat: Johnny Gimble 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
8 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 03:57 SpotifyAmazon
9 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
10 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 03:46 SpotifyAmazon
11 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson feat: Hank Cochran 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
12 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson feat: Kenneth Threadgill 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
13 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
14 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson feat: Amy Irving 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
15 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 03:28 SpotifyAmazon
16 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 04:25 SpotifyAmazon
17 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 03:25 SpotifyAmazon
18 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson feat: Emmylou Harris 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
19 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson feat: Emmylou Harris 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
20 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson feat: Hank Cochran / Jeannie Seely 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
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Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
22 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
23 Willie Nelson & Family / Willie Nelson 04:23 SpotifyAmazon
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