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Horse Called Music
Willie Nelson
Horse Called Music
Genres: Country, Pop


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All Artists: Willie Nelson
Title: Horse Called Music
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 7/12/1989
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Outlaw Country, Classic Country
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074644504644, 074644504620

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A great album from the late eighties
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 07/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"1989 was a year of profound change, being not only the year that the Berlin Wall came down, but also the year that a lot of new stars took over the airwaves on American country radio stations. The old generation of country stars didn't suddenly disappear all at once. A few disappeared quickly, while some were able to compete successfully with the new stars. Indeed, Reba McEntire and George Strait were so successful that their career outlasted many of the names. But for most of the old stars, 1989 was the beginning of the end of their career. In Willie Nelson's case, his 1989 album (this one) provided him with his final number one country hit (Nothing I can do about it now), but the country radio stations that had previously been so enthusiastic about his music became somewhat less interested thereafter. Not that Willie went quietly, as he continued to make great albums in the nineties (Clean shirt, Across the borderline and Teatro among them) but his days as a regular hit-maker were ending. So, despite a number one hit, this album is often ignored.

The big hit opens the album and shows Willie in reflective mood. Whatever mistakes he'd made in his past, he can't do anything about it - an obvious but simple truth, but the song is well-crafted and deserved its number one status. It sets the mood of the album, most of which is mellow and reflective. It is one of two songs here from the pen of Beth Neilsen Chapman, who was then just beginning to make a real impact as a country songwriter - she wrote her first number one country hit in 1987.when Tanya Tucker recorded Strong enough to bend.

Other highlights include the title track, If I were a painting, Spirit, There you are and the second Beth Nielsen Chapman song, If my world didn't have you. Willie contributed three songs of his own (I never cared for you, Mr Record Man, I never cared for you), but he has recorded some or all of these before. Of course, the originals date from a time when Willie didn't have any say in the way his records were produced, so these versions (unlike some re-recordings) are definitely worth hearing.

If you are a Willie Nelson fan, do not ignore this album - there are too many great osongs here. This is not the place to start a collection of Willie's music but it is a most enjoyable album."
Chris C. | Northern CA USA | 06/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Willie Nelson's "A Horse Called Music", is Perhaps Willie's Best Work! This Album is a MUST for any Willie Nelson Fan. WIllie's brilliant guitar playing will Definitely take you for a ride. I Rate this album Five Stars... Why? Because it is Damn Good, That's why... So instead of going to the mall today and settling for some new flash in the pan artist, Please Take The Time To Special Order This Brilliant Album By This Country Legend, Willie Nelson. You Won't Regret It!"
Country at it's best
Heller | jacksonville fl | 01/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Occassionally, once in great while the material and the performer create something spectular. Never to be forgotten,
and never to be repeated in a lifetime, eg: streisand paring with Barry Gibb on "Guilty" This CD is so beautiful and the legendary Nelson at his peak. If you like Willie, find this CD although out of print you can still find copies out there from Market Sellers on AMAZON. It's a keeper forever, simply timless and always will be"