Stardust [Bonus Tracks]

Stardust [Bonus Tracks]

by Willie NelsonWillie Nelson


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At the height of outlaw country, Willie Nelson pulled off perhaps the riskiest move of the entire bunch. He set aside originals, country, and folk and recorded Stardust, a collection of pop standards produced by Booker T. Jones. Well, it's not entirely accurate to say that he put away country and folk, since these are highly idiosyncratic interpretations of "Georgia on My Mind," "All of Me," "Moonlight in Vermont," and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," blending pop, country, jazz, and folk in equal measures. It's not that Willie makes these songs his own, it's that he reimagines these songs in a way that nobody else could, and with his trusty touring band, he makes these versions indelible. It may be strange to think that this album, containing no originals from one of America's greatest songwriters, is what made him a star, and it continues to be one of his most beloved records, but it's appropriate, actually. Stardust showcases Nelson's skills as a musician and his entire aesthetic -- where there is nothing separating classic American musical forms, it can all be played together -- perhaps better than any other album, which is why it was a sensation upon its release and grows stronger with each passing year. [A 1999 release added two bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/1999
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886919877120
catalogNumber: 198771
Rank: 10415

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Paul English   Drums
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Piano
Jody Payne   Guitar
Bee Spears   Bass
Rex Ludwig   Drums
Bobbie Nelson   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Willie Nelson   Liner Notes
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Mickey Raphael   Liner Notes
Jules Chaiken   String Conductor
Susanna Clark   Cover Painting
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Arranger,Liner Notes
Johnny Nash   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
B. Russell   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Beverly Parker   Back Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Evelyn Danzig   Composer
Juliana Myrick   Packaging Manager
J. Blackburn   Composer
S. Simons   Composer
G. Marks   Composer
A. North   Composer

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