Heroes CD (2012)

Artist: Willie Nelson

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Label Legacy/sony
SKU 229527358
UPC 886919604825
UPC 14 00886919604825
Format CD
Release Date 5/15/2012
Author Willie Nelson
Compilation Appearance Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc
Associated Artist/Work Asleep At The Wheel
Associated Artist/Work Asleep at the Wheel
Associated Artist/Work Butler, Larry
Associated Artist/Work Cash, Johnny
Associated Artist/Work Cherry, Don (Jazz)
Associated Artist/Work Cherry, Don (Vocals)
Associated Artist/Work Cline, Patsy
Associated Artist/Work Gilley, Mickey
Associated Artist/Work Haggard, Merle
Associated Artist/Work Highwaymen (Country) (The)
Associated Artist/Work Jennings, Waylon
Associated Artist/Work Jones, Norah
Associated Artist/Work King, Jackie
Associated Artist/Work Kristofferson, Kris
Associated Artist/Work Lee, Johnny
Associated Artist/Work Milsap, Ronnie
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work Price, Ray
Associated Artist/Work Rhodes, Kimmie
Associated Artist/Work Rogers, Kenny
Associated Artist/Work Russell, Leon
Associated Artist/Work The Offenders
Associated Artist/Work Twitty, Conway
Associated Artist/Work Williams, Hank
Technical Info
Engineer Eric Fritsch; Jeremy Brown; Travis "Shaggy" Marshall; John "Ace" Otten; Steve Chadie; T.W. Cargile; Butch Carr
Producer Buddy Cannon
CatalogID 88691960482
Lable Name Legacy
Released 04/17/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 31s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886919604825
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Buddy Cannon (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Lukas Nelson (electric guitar); Mike Johnson (steel guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Jim "Moose" Brown (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ); Paul Shaffer (Hammond b-3 organ); Butch Carr (synthesizer); Steve Brewster, Tony Creasman (drums); Lance Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Melonie Cannon (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Butch Carr.
Recording information: Big Gassed Studios; Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Brewbeat Studio, Nashville, TN; Cannon Productions; DSR, Hollywood, CA; Eastwood Studios; Henson Studios, Hollywood, CA; Hicksville Studio; Merle Haggard's Talley Studio, Palo Cedro, CA; Ocean Way Hollywood; Pedernales Recording Studios, Austin, TX; Sound Emporium Recording Studios, Nashville, TN; The Moose Lodge; Vibe 56 Recording Studio.
Photographers: David McClister; Frank Harkins.
Returning to the Columbia/Sony family after nearly two decades away, Willie Nelson once again tries to be everything to everybody on 2012's Heroes, an appealingly misshapen collection of classics, contemporaries, and originals. Heroes -- its title signifying no great concept -- is roughly divided into quarters, with part of the album devoted to the Western swing and Texas country he's always loved to sing, part consisting of new songs from Willie, part originals from his son Lukas, and part covers of newer, rock-oriented tunes from the likes of Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, and Chris Martin. Each of these categories is a bit hit-or-miss, either succumbing to cutesy novelty (the dope-smoking anthem "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die," complete with country cadences from a non-rapping Snoop Dogg) or laziness, and there's a wee bit too much Lukas Nelson scattered throughout the record, with the son of the father singing on no less than nine of the album's 14 songs. This can be too much of a strong spice, obscuring the overall flavor of the music, but Lukas contributes a couple of the record's best songs in "Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her" and "The Sound of Your Memory," songs that fit well next to a quite beautiful version of Vedder's "Just Breathe" and yet another strong, swinging rendition of "My Window Faces the South." And so Heroes kind of winds up summarizing all that's good and bad about Willie as he approaches his 80th birthday: he's open to everything but has no innate editor, so he whiffs as often as he connects, but when he does connect, it's a wonder to behold...and somehow he can still surprise whenever he sings those old songs. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "He pays tribute to Coldplay with a wrenching solo version of 'The Scientist' and honors country outlaw Billy Joe Shaver with the sad, lovely 'Hero.'"
Q (Magazine) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e has fun with Snoop Dogg and Kris Kristofferson...as well a putting a suitably poignant spin on Pearl Jam's 'Just Breathe' and Coldplay's 'The Scientist'..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[F]or Texas's favourite ex-outlaw, this outing is just another day at the rance as he moves effortlessly from pop-country balladry to well-heated Western Swing."
Uncut (magazine) (p.70) - "HEROES may be elegiac, but it's as spirited as it is poignant."
Disc 1
1 Horse Called Music, A
2 Roll Me Up
3 That's All There Is To This Song
4 No Place to Fly
5 Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her
6 Come on Up to the House
7 Hero
8 My Window Faces the South
9 Sound of Your Memory, The
10 Cold War with You
11 Just Breathe
12 Home in San Antone
13 Come on Back Jesus
14 Scientist, The
Product Attributes
Artist Nelson,Willie
Music Format Compact Disc

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