What with a few of his own standards (“Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Hello Walls”) and those of others (“Nightlife”), songwriting on this budget-looking United Artists comp of the Red Headed Stranger’s early 60s Liberty Records material is always well above par. The treatments, Owen Bradley-style background singers/strings à la Jim Reeves, while a bit Hollywood, don’t overwhelm Nelson’s reedy, talk-sing vocals, the contrast even adding to the pathos. The mood is meditative throughout apart from a very uptempo, very jazzy “Columbus Stockade Blues”. The version of his own “Crazy” can’t touch Patsy Cline’s more famous take, but then what can?
Another from yesterday’s Demelza House bunch…more to come.