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Willie Nelson – Heroes (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Willie Nelson – Heroes (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:58:29 minutes | 605 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © Legacy Recordings

Heroes is a studio album by American country music singer Willie Nelson, released by Legacy Recordings on May 15, 2012. Produced by Buddy Cannon, the album contains classic country songs, new songs written by Nelson and his son Lukas, and the classic song from Nelson’s repertoire, “A Horse Called Music”. Guest appearances include Lukas Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Sheryl Crow.

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. ~~ AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. A Horse Called Music 04:37
2. Roll Me Up 03:25
3. That’s All There Is To This Song 03:20
4. No Place To Fly 05:07
5. Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her 02:48
6. Come On Up To The House 05:16
7. Hero 04:38
8. My Window Faces The South 02:33
9. The Sound Of Your Memory 06:10
10. Cold War With You 04:40
11. Just Breathe 04:20
12. Home In San Antone 04:09
13. Come On Back Jesus 03:24
14. The Scientist 05:30

Willie Nelson – guitar, vocals
Lukas Nelson – vocals, guitar, electric guitar
Micah Nelson – vocals
Billy Joe Shaver – vocals
Ray Price – vocals
Snoop Dogg – vocals
Kris Kristofferson – vocals
Merle Haggard – vocals
Jamey Johnson – vocals
Sheryl Crow – vocals
Buddy Cannon – bass guitar and acoustic guitar, background vocals on “Heroes”
Melonie Cannon – background vocals on “Heroes”
Mickey Raphael – harmonica
Butch Carr – synthesizer
Steve Brewster – drums
Jim Brown – piano, Wurlitzer, B-3 organ
Tony Creasman – drums
Kevin Grantt – bass
Mike Johnson – steel guitar
Lance Miller – background vocals on “Heroes”
Paul Shaffer – B-3 organ
Bobby Terry – electric guitar, acoustic guitar


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