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One For The Road

WILLIE NELSON AND LEON RUSSELL

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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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Detour (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:24

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - P. Westmoreland, Composer - P. Westmoreland, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - John Gallen, Organ - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
I Saw the Light (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:03:04

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - John Gallen, Organ - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - H. Williams, Composer - H. Williams, Lyricist - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
Heartbreak Hotel (with Leon Russell)
Willie Nelson
00:03:01

Elvis Presley, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, Composer - M. BOREN AXTON, Composer - M. BOREN AXTON, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - John Gallen, Organ - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - T. DURDEN, Composer - T. DURDEN, Lyricist - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
Let the Rest of the World Go By (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:03:47

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - J. BRENNON, Composer - J. BRENNON, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Keyboards - E. Ball, Composer - E. Ball, Lyricist - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - John Gallen, Organ - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Trouble in Mind (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:40

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - Maria Muldaur, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - John Gallen, Organ - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - R. Jones, Composer - R. Jones, Lyricist - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Bonnie Raitt, Slide Guitar - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
Don't Fence Me In (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:25

John Gallen, Organ - Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Bee Spears, Bass - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Hoyt Dooley, Mastering Engineer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Hoyt Dooley, Mastering Engineer - Paul English, Drums - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Margie Hunt, Executive Producer - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - C. Porter, Composer - C. Porter, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Leon Russell, Performer -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
The Wild Side of Life (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:03:21

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - A. A. CARTER, Composer - A. A. CARTER, Lyricist - W. Warren, Composer - W. Warren, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - John Gallen, Organ - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

8
Ridin' Down the Canyon (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:20

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - G. Autry, Composer - G. Autry, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - John Gallen, Organ - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - S. Burnett, Composer - S. Burnett, Lyricist - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
Sioux City Sue (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:03:15

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - D. Thomas, Composer - D. Thomas, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - John Gallen, Organ - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - R. Freedman, Composer - R. Freedman, Lyricist - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
You Are My Sunshine (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:49

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - John Gallen, Organ - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums - C. Mitchell, Composer - C. Mitchell, Lyricist -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

11
Danny Boy (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:03:58

John Jackson, Organ - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - F. E. Weatherly, Composer - F. E. Weatherly, Lyricist - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

12
Always (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:16

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Arranger - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Paul English, Drums - I. Berlin, Composer - I. Berlin, Lyricist - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

13
Summertime (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:27

I. Gershwin, Composer - I. Gershwin, Lyricist - John Mellencamp, Organ - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Arranger - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - G. Gershwin, Composer - G. Gershwin, Lyricist - D. Heyward, Composer - D. Heyward, Lyricist - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

14
Because of You (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:04

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - John Mellencamp, Organ - D. Wilkinson, Composer - D. Wilkinson, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Arranger - Leon Russell, Keyboards - A. Hammerstein, Composer - A. Hammerstein, Lyricist - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Paul English, Drums - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

15
Am I Blue (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:17

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - John Mellencamp, Organ - H. AKST, Lyricist - H. AKST, Composer - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Arranger - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - G. Clarke, Composer - G. Clarke, Lyricist - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

16
Tenderly (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:03:59

John Mellencamp, Organ - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - W. Gross, Composer - W. Gross, Lyricist - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Paul English, Drums - J. Lawrence, Composer - J. Lawrence, Lyricist - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

17
Far Away Places (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:03:08

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - John Mellencamp, Organ - Jody Payne, Guitar - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Arranger - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - A. Kramer, Composer - A. Kramer, Lyricist - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - J. Whitney, Composer - J. Whitney, Lyricist - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

18
That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:39

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - John Mellencamp, Organ - H. Gillespie, Composer - H. Gillespie, Lyricist - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Arranger - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums - Bessie Smith, Composer - Bessie Smith, Lyricist -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

19
Stormy Weather (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:23

Roger Linn, Recording Engineer - John Mellencamp, Organ - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Arranger - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - H. Arlen, Composer - H. Arlen, Lyricist - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums - T. Koehler, Composer - T. Koehler, Lyricist -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

20
One for My Baby and "One More for the Road" (Album Version)
Willie Nelson
00:02:33

John Mellencamp, Organ - Jody Payne, Background Vocal - Jody Payne, Guitar - Marty Grebb, Saxophone - Leon Russell, Producer - Leon Russell, Vocal - Leon Russell, Keyboards - Ambrose Campbell, Percussion - Rex Ludwick, Drums - Chris Ethridge, Bass - J. H. Mercer, Composer - J. H. Mercer, Lyricist - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica - Jim Boatman, Background Vocal - H. Arlen, Composer - H. Arlen, Lyricist - Bee Spears, Bass - Willie Nelson, Vocal - Willie Nelson, Producer - Willie Nelson, Guitar - Willie Nelson, Performer - Paul English, Drums -

(P) 1979 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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