American Classic

American Classic

by Willie Nelson


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American Classic is Willie Nelson's return to the Great American Songbook, a crossover standards album by the man who invented the genre with his landmark 1978 album Stardust.

Produced by Tommy LiPuma, the album features guest duet partners Norah Jones on the classic song of seduction "Baby It's Cold Outside" and Diana Krall on "If I Had You."

Don't miss the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition of the album, which includes the bonus track "My Buddy." From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 5099926719726
catalogNumber: 67197
Rank: 47787

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Joe Sample   Piano
Robert Hurst   Bass
Lewis Nash   Drums
Jeff Clayton   Alto Saxophone
Jim Cox   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Christian McBride   Bass
Diana Krall   Piano,Vocals
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
Norah Jones   Harmonica,Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Joe Sample   rhythm arrangement
Harold Arlen   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Arthur Hammerstein   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
M. James   Composer
J. Henderson   Composer
T. Waller   Composer
M. Dennis   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer
D. Wilkinson   Composer
B. Scott   Composer
W. Thompson   Composer
H. Brooks   Composer
S. Robbin   Composer
John L. Christopher   Composer
W. B. Johnson   Composer
J. Campbell   Composer
T. Shapiro   Composer

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American Classic 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MMC_Austin More than 1 year ago
If you liked Stardust -- and who didn't -- you will love this too. Pour me a glass of wine and dim the lights. Way to go Willie!
Manabozho More than 1 year ago
Sportscaster and NFL great Alex Karras once commented on a long camera shot of the Oakland Raiders' Pro Bowl defensive lineman, Otis Sistrunk. "He's big, he's strong, he eats a lot of garlic, and as far as I'm concerned, he can do anything he wants." Same idea applies for Willie Nelson. Sting, Rod Stewart, Ronstadt and lots of other rockers and venue-jumpers haven't resisted the lure of the "big" standards from mid-20th century and earlier. Willie hasn't either. His mature phrasing and his refusal to be rushed help his performances lot. His melodic paraphrasing tends to be limited to the blues scale, where a true standards singer would have more notes available to choose from. But that's more of a quibble. He gives plausible readings to a wide variety of material, including gospel. The guy wrote "Crazy," "Night Life," "Funny How Time Slips Away." He's got the credentials. Leave him alone. If you don't like it, don't buy it.
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MaxCM More than 1 year ago
This truly is the quintessential follow-up to Stardust. I enjoyed every song on the album and found Willie to be in excellent voice. I loved the piano. Sounded eerily like Diana Krall though I know it was a fellow named Joe Sample (I think). I've listened to this cd over and over and will continue to do so. Way to go, Willie, and congratulations.
RenitaLovell More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge Willie fan, only an occassional interest. I purchased the new album and also Stardust, based on the many mentions. I play both but prefer Stardust to this album. (I didn't buy it the first time around since I was too young. I do enjoy that Willie's talent/career is long enough to endure 30 years. It's refreshing in an increasingly youth-obsessed popular culture.) Back to the album, this album is solid, not a huge disappointment, but Stardust is magical.
Mailadee More than 1 year ago
Iam a fan of all of Nelson's standard disks. I never appreciated the quality of his voice until a started buying his easy listening releases. This is another winner.
JudyinRichmond More than 1 year ago
I was excited about this album after I heard the Krall-Nelson duet on the radio so ordered it immediately. It is a disappointment. The duet, in my opinion, is the best track on the album, with the Nora Jones track second. Old Willie just doesn't seem to add anything to the zillions of recordings of these old favorites. His voice is tremulous and weak and the interpretations soupy and very standard. I did enjoy some of the musicianship, esp. piano stood out, on some of the pieces. Otherwise, not a great album. I like Willie Nelson, but this doesn't seem a great addition to his repertoire.
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I've been a Willie Nelson fan for over thirty years, but I wish I would have left this one alone.
Bostonguy More than 1 year ago
Puhleze! Willie, are you kidding or what? Even your most ardent fans can't take this seriously. It's time to go.