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Country - To be released March 19, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Country - Released February 26, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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It's fascinating that both Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, late in their careers, have been motivated to record albums of songs associated with Frank Sinatra. While their voices have faded (and could never rival Sinatra's mastery even in their best days), both of these towering figures, drawn first by the riches of the Great American Songbook, have also lived lives filled with the same highs and lows that powered Sinatra's original versions. Given the similarities between Sinatra's time as a saloon singer and Nelson's honky tonk years, Willie and his ever-craggier voice are uniquely qualified for another stroll down Tin Pan Alley. His 1978 standards set Stardust was a revelation, flabbergasting country music fans and making Nelson's canny ambitions a star in the larger music world. In 2016 he tapped into the Gershwins for Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin followed My Way, his first collection of Sinatra-centric standards, two years later. Now at the tender age of 87, when the sentiments behind Sinatra's showstopper "My Way" apply to Nelson more than ever, he gives another bravura vocal performance—albeit with a few shaky moments. A classy, smart, tremendously appealing production from start to finish, That's Life surrounds Nelson's vocal takes with snappy, brass-heavy arrangements by the multi-talented, Nashville-based keyboardist Matt Rollings who clearly drew inspiration from Sinatra collaborators like Nelson Riddle and Billy May. "Luck Be a Lady," the only track where Nelson's voice sounds overmatched, gets a welcome Latin zest; a pair of hits—"I've Got You Under My Skin," and "You Make Me Feel So Young"—come off smoothly; a duet with Diana Krall of "I Won't Dance" is a nice change of pace. And on a relaxed reading of the title track which Nelson sings like he wrote it, Paul Franklin's steel guitar adds a welcome touch of country music flavor. Of the two weepers here—both of which were among Sinatra's greatest performances—"In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," works best with Mickey Raphael, longtime member of Nelson's crew, adding a distinct harmonica solo. Tracked at Capitol Studios in Hollywood where Sinatra made many of his greatest recordings, and mixed by the great Al Schmitt, the production of That's Life is focused on Nelson's voice being front and center in an expansive overall sound that is uncluttered despite a plethora of instruments. A triumph! © Robert Baird/Qobuz
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Miscellaneous - Released February 26, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Italy - Released February 26, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Miscellaneous - Released February 26, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released February 26, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released February 19, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released February 12, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released February 12, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Country - Released February 5, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released February 5, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released February 5, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released January 29, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released January 29, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Dance - Released January 20, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released January 1, 2021 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released December 25, 2020 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released December 18, 2020 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop - Released December 18, 2020 | Legacy Recordings

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