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Just One Love
Willie Nelson
Just One Love
Genres: Country, Pop
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Just One Love is a superb, old-fashioned honky-tonk album, featuring 10 well-aged standards plus 2 tunes by modern Nashville songwriter Kimmie Rhodes, who matches breathy, elastic vocals with Willie Nelson on her compositi...  more »


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All Artists: Willie Nelson
Title: Just One Love
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Justice Records
Release Date: 7/4/1995
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Outlaw Country, Classic Country
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 719488160228

Just One Love is a superb, old-fashioned honky-tonk album, featuring 10 well-aged standards plus 2 tunes by modern Nashville songwriter Kimmie Rhodes, who matches breathy, elastic vocals with Willie Nelson on her compositions. The best known of the standards is Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart," and it receives the same refurbishing as the others. Instead of trying to out-sing the original, Nelson illustrates how relaxed and effortless the song can become and still retain its captivating melody and confessional intimacy. On two numbers by his early Texas hero, Floyd Tillman, Nelson captures the romantic longing of "Each Night at Nine" and the marital troubles of "This Cold, Cold War with You." "Four Walls," the '57 Jim Reeves hit that perhaps inspired Nelson's own "Hello Walls," is slowed down and given a quivering shimmer. Grandpa Jones, the 81-year-old veteran of a 65-year career as a professional musician, joins Nelson for a spirited duet on Jones' 1946, banjo-powered hit, "Eight More Miles to Louisville." Grady Martin, the Nashville session legend and Nelson's long-time road guitarist, is the album's producer, and he gives the arrangements a quiet restraint and a slippery swing that seem to echo the leader's smoky, fluid singing. --Geoffrey Himes

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Just One Of The Best , And Also One Of His Most Under-Rated
mitchiedoo | 07/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Of the many albums this timeless troubadour has released , and it must be over one hundred , then this must surely be the most under-rated . Coming , sandwiched , between the acclaimed " Across The Borderline " and hugely successful " Teatro " I find this both extremely strange , and very difficult to comprehend . I think this is one of Willie Nelsons best offerings , the production , the mix , the harmonies , the musical accompaniments , musical arrangements and background vocals could not be bettered in any way , shape or form . From the excellent opening and title track , written by Kimmie Rhodes , who also provides vocals throughout the album , the song and then the album grips totally and deserves attention . I thought John Prine's version of Floyd Tillmans composition " This Cold,Cold War Wtith You " could not be bettered , but Willie Nelson's rendition here , achieves that with his interpretation , in his own inimitable style . Tillmans other composition on the album " Each Night At Nine " made you want to hum along , had you foot-tapping , smiling , and gave a happy , all encompassing- feeling from the first time time you heard it . I like the humour on show within the album from the well known " Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette " to the footstomping " Eight More Miles to Louiseville " . There is certainly a wide selection of types of songs on this album , and all are expertly performed by Willie Nelson , and I felt a couple of them , namely , "Better Left Forgotten " and " It's A Sin " were so good I felt they had been written especially for him . He shows his adaptability further with the jaunty " Bonaparte's Retreat " which he performs , I am sure , with a big smile on his face . Yes , definately something for everyone on a most enjoyable album which deserves much more credit than it has recieved so far . If you like and enjoy any Willie Nelson album, the I assure you , this will satisfy your will not be dissappointed . If you are keen to try Willie Nelson , but not quite sure where to start , then try this ( or "Across The Borderline )---like the fans I am sure you will thouroughly enjoy this exceptional album by a master of his craft ."
Just One Great Song After Another
mairemcg | Euclid, OH United States | 01/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had never heard of this CD, but will always take a chance on anything that Willie Nelson records. This CD is a gem! I particularly liked the title song, Just One Love, as well as Each Night at Nine, and I Just Drove By. Eight More Miles From Louisville with Grandpa Jones was an unexpected (and delightful) bonus. The harmony on Just One Love, and I Just Drove By was exceptional. I loved this CD because it's probably the only opportunity I'll ever have to harmonize with Willie! :) Mary McG"