Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson – Waylon & Willie (1978/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson – Waylon & Willie (1978/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 33:36 minutes | 627 MB | Genre: Country
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Recorded: American Studios, Nashville, Tennessee between August 1977 and November 1977

Released in 1978, Waylon & Willie is a duet album that stayed at the top of the country album charts for 10 weeks, spending a total of 126 weeks on the country charts.

It sat on the top of the country charts for 11 weeks and went double platinum, making it one of the biggest hits in either Waylon Jennings’ or Willie Nelson’s catalog. Years after its initial 1978 release, Waylon & Willie remains one of their biggest-selling albums, but its perennial popularity has more to do with their iconic status — something this album deliberately played up — than the quality of the music, which is, overall, merely good. Released in early 1978, a few months after Jennings’ Ol’ Waylon spent 13 weeks on the top of the charts in the summer of 1977, thanks in part to the hit single “Luckenbach, Texas” featuring a chorus sung by Nelson, the album was intended as a celebration of the peak of outlaw, but in retrospect, it looks like where the movement was beginning to slide into predictability, even if both singers are more or less in command of their talents here. Though still at the peak of his popularity, Waylon had begun to slip slightly creatively starting with the very good, but not great, Are You Ready for the Country, which suggested that he was having a little harder time getting a full album of consistently great material together. The patchwork nature of this album suggests that he still had the problem, but since it was divided into three solo songs apiece and five duets, this plays to his strengths, because the limited number of new songs doesn’t give him room to stumble. Though a moody cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” is a little awkward, his original “Lookin’ for a Feeling” is sturdy, and the album-closing “The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get Over You)” is brilliant, possibly the best song here, even if the heart of the record — what the album is selling — is the four duets with Willie. One of these, of course, is the monster hit “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” with two others — “The Year 2003 Minus 25″ and “Don’t Cuss the Fiddle” — being laid-back, funny Kris Kristofferson songs that showcase Waylon & Willie’s roguish humor and charm. The other, “Pick Up the Tempo,” is one of Willie’s classics, but it, like Nelson’s three solo tracks, is a previously released Waylon recording stripped of his vocals and overdubbed by Nelson. This isn’t a crippling problem — the songs are good, as are the performances and the singing, so they’re modestly enjoyable — but they do sound a little distant, and it makes the entire album sound cobbled together: not the deliberate compilation of The Outlaws, but significantly less than a real album from either Waylon or Willie or both of them. Instead, it sounds like a vehicle for them to keep riding their huge popularity. Since it was cut at a time they were making consistently enjoyable music, it’s fun, but it could have been much, much more than it is. -AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys 02:31
2. The Year 2003 Minus 25 03:02
3. Pick up the Tempo 02:31
4. If You Can Touch Her at All 03:02
5. Lookin’ for a Feeling 02:36
6. It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way 03:19
7. I Can Get off on You 02:21
8. Don’t Cuss the Fiddle 03:02
9. Gold Dust Woman 03:59
10. A Couple More Years 04:00
11. The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get over You) 02:08

Waylon Jennings, vocals, guitar
Willie Nelson, vocals, guitar
Gordon Payne, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica, background vocals
Rance Wasson, acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals
Reggie Young, eletric guitar
Larry Whitmore, guitar
Chips Moman, guitar
John Hug, guitar
Fred Newell, guitar
Buddy Emmons, steel guitar
Ralph Mooney, steel guitar
Don Brooks, harmonica
Kyle Lehning, trumpet, piano, organ
Dee Moeller, piano, organ
Barny Robertson, organ, keyboards, background vocals
Sherman Hayes, bass
Duke Goff, bass
Richie Albright, drums
Eddy Anderson, drums
Becky Williams, background vocals
Carter Robertson, background vocals