Willie Nelson - Live From Austin, TX
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Live From Austin, TX (New West, 2006)

Willie Nelson

Reviewed by Corinne Brown

With all the glitches of a train wreck, this live Willie Nelson recording made at Austin City Limits back in 1990 with the Family Band before an enthusiastic crowd, bounces and careens all over the place.

For hardcore Willie fans, it's a must have, long overdue, with the signature Willie-sound - sincere, understated plaintive lyrics, great guitar and a touch of the blues.

For the uninitiated, it almost feels too raw - they'd be better off with a studio recording that keeps Willie's modulating voice in balance. Redeeming qualities include the endless guitar riff in "Stay A Little Longer," the gentle piano and plaintive delivery in "You Were Always on My Mind" and the blues harp by Mickey Raphael on "Me and Bobby McGee."

Repeatedly, the biggest problem is the uneven recording and jarring editing. Nonetheless, sheer exuberance and great instrumentals makeup for the flaws. "Whiskey River" might be the weakest track, but the high point is definitely the two closing duets with Shelby Lynn, "Still Is Still Moving to Me" and "Milk Cow Blues." She soars, almost as if Willie had launched her into ecstasy. He probably did.

CDs by Willie Nelson

Bluegrass, 2023 Don't Know A Thing About Love, 2023 A Beautiful Time, 2022 That's Life, 2021 First Rose of Spring, 2020 Ride Me Back Home, 2019 My Way, 2018 Last Man Standing, 2018 Willie's Stash Volume 2, 2017 God's Problem Child, 2017 Summertime Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, 2016 Band of Brothers, 2014 To All the Girls..., 2013 Let's Face the Music and Dance, 2013 Freedom, 2012 Remember Me Vol. 1, 2011 Country Music, 2010 American Classic, 2009 Lost Highway, 2009 Naked Willie, 2009 One Hell of a Ride, 2008 Moment of Forever, 2008 Songbird, 2006 Live From Austin, TX, 2006 Songs of Cindy Walker, 2006 You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker, 2006

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