Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson, Vol. 1 [Eclipse Music Group]

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Collecting a number of originals and covers, the 1994 set peculiarly called WILLIE NELSON VOLUME ONE contains no hits, but is nevertheless a satisfying set of 10 excellent, heartfelt country tunes. From the opening "I Didn't Sleep a Wink" through tunes as mournful as "You Wouldn't Cross the Street to Say Goodbye," cowboy-mystical as "I Let My Mind Wonder," and slyly rollicking as the ex-lover's farewell "I Feel Sorry For Him," WILLIE NELSON VOLUME ONE finds Nelson, as always, in excellent voice, backed with the sort of traditional country instrumentation that marks his best records. A brief, though nonetheless fine set.

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