Willie Nelson – Lost Highway

January 01, 1970

(Lost Highway)




Willie Nelson’s reputation as an overachiever has been well
documented, evidenced by the revolving door of record companies he’s dallied
with over the past 50 years or so and his penchant for drifting from genre to
genre with little regard as to whether or not he’s fulfilling commercial
expectations.  His association with the
leading Americana
label Lost Highway
allowed him the opportunity to explore his creative musings while elevating his
stature as the godfather of insurgent country. 
Indeed, when Willie initially signed to the then-fledgling company he
found himself in comfortable environs where he could both reinvent himself and
reassert his role as one of America’s
most prolific troubadours.


Consequently, Lost Highway offers a broad sampling of his prodigious output for the better part of the
past decade.  However, given his
insatiable work ethic, a compendium limited to 17 songs can’t be more than only
a scant overview.  To limit the selection
to a mere two tracks each from his excellent The Great Divide and the star-studded Willie Nelson & Friends Live And Kickin’, not to mention only
one each representing his reggae related Countryman and the Ryan Adams-produced Songbird simply doesn’t do justice.  And while
three unreleased entries add some enticement, the selections – “Superman,”
“Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other” and “Ain’t Going Down on Brokeback Mountain” (the latter two fixated on
opposite extremes of homophobia) – bolster the quantity but hardly the
quality.  Still, given concert takes of
classics like “Blues Eyes Crying in the Rain” in company with Shania Twain and
“Crazy,” featuring Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, novices may find no need to
go any further.


“Crazy,” Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me),” “The Harder They


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