One for the Road

One for the Road

by Willie Nelson, Leon RussellWillie Nelson
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One for the Road, Willie Nelson's duet record with fellow American music maverick Leon Russell, followed months after his freewheeling, jam-heavy double album Willie and Family Live. This record (once a double LP, now a single CD) wasn't recorded live and the songs run a little shorter, but it shares the same sort of loose spirit and easy-rolling eclecticism as the two, essentially backed by the Family, run through a mess of country and pop standards. The latter makes up for the second half and its appropriately a little more subdued feel, but it's earthier than Stardust and it makes a good companion for the irresistible first half, which is often cheerfully rowdy (particularly on the dynamite opening triptych of "Detour," "I Saw the Light," and "Heartbreak Hotel") and convincingly bluesy on the ballads and mid-tempo groovers like the excellent "Trouble in Mind." Both Nelson and Russell are known as sharp interpreters of other people's material, and teamed together, they might not reinvent these songs (though they come close on "Heartbreak Hotel"), but they infuse a lot of sound and spirit into these songs. It's a little bit too laid-back and easy to qualify as a no-holds-barred classic (particularly on the second half), but that mellow charm is precisely why it's a small, priceless gem for any serious fan of either singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972393728
catalogNumber: 723937
Rank: 1404

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Leon Russell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Bonnie Raitt   Slide Guitar
Maria Muldaur   Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Jim Boatman   Background Vocals
Ambrose Campbell   Percussion
Paul English   Drums
Chris Ethridge   Bass
John Gallie   Organ
Marty Grebb   Saxophone
Rex Ludwick   Drums
Jody Payne   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Producer
Leon Russell   Producer
Walter Gross   Composer
Bernie Grundman   Engineer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Roger Linn   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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One for the Road 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
If I hadn't read the AMG review, the first three songs would have made me think this was a classic. It slows down then and never regains that energy. I know what was the second LP of a two record set was meant to be Stardust Two, but on a single CD it gives the project a schizoid feel. Willie was just starting to slow up after a red hot decade, but Leon Russell was on the way down. This is nothing like the roaring Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour with Joe Cocker, but I am interested enough to sometime check out the Best of Hank Wilson CD he put out.I think 3 stars is about right for this set - 3 1/2 for what was the first LP and 2 1/2 for the second.
GrandmaKS More than 1 year ago
As a long time Willie fan, this CD is like icing on a favorite cake. Even better than I expected it to be, I can't believe I didn't buy it sooner. So much music, so little time. Buy it you'll like it. I'm in cliche mode this morning but there you have it.