The latest album from the music legend Willie Nelson is American Classic album; track-listing, photos and behind-the-scenes video below. Find out more about the iconic singer-songwriter and guitarist’s return to the Great American Songbook, his first since the landmark 1978 Stardust album of pop and jazz standards from legendary composers including Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Ira Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael, and Jerome Kern. The album was certified five-times platinum by the R.I.A.A. and paved the way for future such albums of standards by other music artists.
The new album was produced by Tommy LiPuma, and features guest appearances from Diana Krall (on If I Had You) and Norah Jones (on Baby It’s Cold Outside) and will be released on August 25, 2009.
In a recent interview he discussed his fondness for the pre-World War II classic songs which he had grown up hearing as a child in the 1940s, some of which appear in the new Willie Nelson American Classic Album.
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“‘Angel Eyes,’ in particular, is one of my all-time favourite songs ever written,” Nelson, sitting backstage at a tour stop in Pawtucket, R.I., said of the song made famous by Frank Sinatra. “Songs like that, and ‘Moonlight in Vermont,’ they are just so good.”
He reflected upon the previous album of standards.
“When I did Stardust, a lot of people said, ‘You’re crazy, those are old songs. People won’t buy them.’ But I had enough faith in the songs and the music itself to know that it didn’t matter if they were old or new. People don’t forget good songs. If it was a hit at one time, people will want to hear it again later.
Source: Willie Nelson returns to the Great American Songbook Additionally, see his interview with the L.A. Times: Willie Nelson: On the road again to the pop classics
Willie Nelson had been touring this summer with fellow music legends Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp throughout the U.S. at minor league ballparks. See track-list and behind-the-scenes video below.
Willie Nelson American Classic Album Track-Listing (Official)
1. The Nearness Of You
2. Fly Me To The Moon
3. Come Rain Or Come Shine
4. If I Had You (feat. Diana Krall)
5. Ain’t Misbehavin’
6. I Miss You So
7. Because Of You
8. Baby It’s Cold Outside (feat. Norah Jones)
9. Angel Eyes
10. On The Street Where You Live
11. Since I Fell For You
12. Always On My Mind
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