ARTIST: Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
TITLE: Waylon & Willie
YEAR RELEASED: 1978
CHART ACTION: #12, #1 Country
SINGLES: Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (#42, #1 Country), I Can Get Off On You (#1 Country), If You Can Touch Her at All (#104, #5 Country)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Gold Dust Woman
LINEUP: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and players from Nashville and the artist’s bands.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Two of the best ‘outlaw country’ performers collaborate on a full album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Having already collaborated before, it was natural that Waylon & Willie would record an album together, even though they were on competing record companies. Waylon’s company, RCA, released this and it sold and sold and sold.
It contains the quintessential outlaw country song, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”, a song not unknown to country fans as Ed Bruce took it to the country charts in 1974, and that song propelled this album to the stratosphere. The rest of the tracks are good interpretations of the outlaw genre, including a Waylon drawled version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman”
There are three solo songs by each artists and five duets, which seems a little slight on the duets for two stalwarts. I guess I’d want a full album of real duets between the two, but you got what you got.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: At first, Waylon tried to overdub his voice on old Nelson RCA masters, but it didn’t really work.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B: I wanted more duets, but what’s here is pretty good. OUTLAW COUNTRY!