Honeysuckle Rose [Bonus Tracks]

Honeysuckle Rose [Bonus Tracks]

by Willie Nelson


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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. [A 2003 release added three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886977068225
catalogNumber: 770682
Rank: 7839


  1. On the Road Again
  2. Pick Up the Tempo
  3. Heaven or Hell
  4. Fiddlin' Around
  5. Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain
  6. Working Man Blues
  7. Jumpin' Cotton Eyed Joe
  8. Yesterday's Wine
  9. Whiskey River
  10. Bloody Mary Morning
  11. Loving You Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
  12. I Don't Do Windows
  13. Coming Back To Texas
  14. If You Want Me To Love You I Will
  15. It's Not Supposed To Be That Way
  16. You Show Me Yours (and I'll Show You Mine)
  17. If You Could Touch Her At All
  18. Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground
  19. I Guess I've Come To Live Here In Your Eyes
  20. Angel Eyes
  21. So You Think You're a Cowboy
  22. Good Hearted Woman
  23. Make the World Go Away
  24. Two Sides To Every Story
  25. A Song For You
  26. Uncloudy Day

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Honeysuckle Rose [CBS] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is certainly one of the more unusual items in Nelson's storied album catalog. Nominally a soundtrack to the 1980 film in which Nelson starred, this is actually a live set of Nelson and several friends. Recorded in front of an enthusiastic (but polite) audience, it provides Nelson a chance to revisit many of his chestnuts ("On the Road Again" "Pick Up the Tempo" "Bloody Mary Morning" "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground") and several songs closely associated with him ("Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" "Whiskey River"). Nelson and his band are loose and energized by each other and the crowd, taking well-known songs in new directions. The mood is that of a bunch of talented musicians passing around the guitar, rather than a formal, orchestrated concert. ¶ In addition to Nelson's fine performances, the disc features excellent work from one time Texas Playboy fiddler Johnny Gimble (his "Fiddlin' Around" swings effortlessly), as well as Nelson's guitarist Jody Payne singing a harmonica-fueled version of Merle Haggard's "Working Man Blues." Also in attendance (and lured out of the audience) is famed Nashville songwriter Hank Cochran who sings his own "I Don't Do Windows" and "Make the World Go Away." Emmylou Harris performs a magnificent star-turn on Nelson and Cochran's "So You Think You're a Cowboy" and duets beautifully with Nelson on Rodney Crowell's "Angel Eyes." ¶ Actress Dyan Cannon duets with Nelson on both "Loving You Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" and "Uncloudy Day," and flies solo for Nelson's "Two Sides of Every Story." No one would mistake her for a top-notch country singer (at times she over-emotes like Nancy Sinatra, at other times she sounds like Mary Kay Place), but she acquits herself reasonably well. Amy Irving also gets into the act, duetting with Nelson on Kris Kristofferson's "You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine)," and soloing on Nelson's "If You Want Me to Love You I Will." The latter, omitted from the original CD release, isn't a showstopper, but its rarity makes it an interesting addition to Nelson's catalog. ¶ In contrast to traditional live albums such as "Willie and Family Live," this disc provides a sense of what it's like to ride the bus with Willie Nelson. Great songs, great singers, and a great time. Columbia/Legacy's remastering is balanced and sharp, with the audience blended so as not to be distracting. The bonus unreleased tracks (Nelson's "Yesterday's Wine" and a speedy take of "Good Hearted Woman") are nice additions, but nearly overwhelming as they extend the disc to 78:26. Jonny Whiteside's liner notes are long on admiration for Nelson, but short on details about the recording or film from which it sprang.