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Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart

12 Jul 05 - 12:03 PM (#1520539)
Subject: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Wesley S

Willie Nelson's new reggae CD called "Countryman" comes out today. And according to my local bastion of truth Walmart will be selling it. However the CD has a marijuana leaf on the cover. Walmart doesn't like that. So they will be selling an alternate cover with palm trees on it instead.

Shades of the Beatles "butcher cover" and Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland" covers. According to Willie they are just trying to cover all the bases.


12 Jul 05 - 12:16 PM (#1520552)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Azizi

Willie Nelson and Reggae??!!

Hey, it's all irie...I guess.

See the article HERE
on this shocking development.


12 Jul 05 - 12:23 PM (#1520559)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Azizi

"Irie (I-ree)- Means everything is alright. Expression of feeling great and cool."

Click Jamaican Slang Glossary for more Reggae terms.


12 Jul 05 - 12:28 PM (#1520565)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: PoppaGator

I think it was just yesterday, in a discussion of bands being required to play an occasional number NOT of their usual style, that someone joked about Willie playing reggae (as though that were the most incongruous thing one might imagine). I wonder if that person kew about this or not?


12 Jul 05 - 12:30 PM (#1520569)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Azizi

So okay I blew it when I said "It's all irie"...

"It's all alright"...That probably isn't the way Jamaicans would say it. I guess they'd say "Everything's irie".

How I messed up was trying to use 'irie' like the African American phrase 'It's all good"...

But what I was tryin to say was "Willie Nelson..do your thing..or do somebody else's thing which you're making your thing.

And my thing can be his thing can be anybody's thing 'cause all music belongs to everybody, right?

I just hope that he's giving props to all those he's borrowing from and interpretating....

From the article, it seems like he's doing that.


12 Jul 05 - 01:08 PM (#1520600)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: PoppaGator

Let's get back to the main subject, which is the CD's cover art.

What the hell good is a reggae album without pictures of majijuana leaves on it? Especially a Willie Nelson reggae album??!?!?!??!


12 Jul 05 - 01:28 PM (#1520615)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Highlandman

I wonder if that person kew about this or not?
Yep.
-HM


12 Jul 05 - 01:38 PM (#1520626)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Alba

Hey Aziiz there some things that Walmart do that I shall never Ovastan!


To those that know what a majijuana leaves looks like..what's the problem?
To those that do not know what a majijuana leaves looks like...what's the problem?

To Willie Nelson's new Reggae CD "Countryman"
Ill be buying it elswhere anyways..:>)

Irie
Jude


12 Jul 05 - 01:42 PM (#1520629)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Alba

Profuse apologies twin..AZIZI not Aziiz!!! Typo's on the lose today...:>)
Love
Jude


13 Jul 05 - 12:03 AM (#1520961)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Willie-O

You gotta wonder what Walmart thinks reggae is about...palm treees my freakin red rosy.

Aside from being a great guitar player, singer, songwriter, and all-around--well frankly I think he's an American hero in the sense of all that that term has been lacking lately--Willie is a pretty well-known pothead...

Walmart oughtta fuck off and die.


13 Jul 05 - 12:10 AM (#1520965)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Shanghaiceltic

Here's the review from the Telegraph online. Sounds an intersting album.

Willie Nelson
Countryman
Lost Highway, £13.99

With Johnny Cash's death, the only real candidate to take his place on the rhinestone throne as the King of Country is Willie Nelson. A decade in the making, this album comes with a large weight of expectation and already has a fair baggage of myth attached to it.


The idea for the record was first mooted at a summit in Jamaica in 1995 between Nelson, top producer Don Was (Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones) and Chris Blackwell, Island Records president and the man who introduced reggae, and Bob Marley, to rock audiences.

The idea of creating a reggae-infused country album was irresistible, with both genres dealing with similar themes of everyday struggle, heartbreak and religion. And there had been some good precedents, such as Toots and the Maytals' wonderful reggae version of Country Roads.

By the time Nelson had finished Spirit, perhaps his best record, Blackwell had parted ways with Island, which had been bought by Universal. With no champion, the record went into limbo, only revived when Nelson signed to his current label, Lost Highway.

Nelson has dusted down some of his best-loved songs such as You Left Me a Long Time Ago and Darkness on the Face of the Earth, initially recorded in the early '60s. He takes on Jimmy Cliff's reggae classic The Harder They Come and another tune made famous by Cliff, Sitting Here In Limbo, although the highlight of the album is a Johnny Cash cover, I'm a Worried Man, which completes a circle by having Toots of the Maytals as guest vocalist.

As an adventurous concept, the album is commendable, as are the songs and the vocal performance, but what stops it being the great album we might have hoped for is the production (Don Was, busy with the Stones, handed over the producer's role to Richard Feldman). The jaunty background tracks are sometimes too much at odds with the usually tragic nature of the songs, and the marriage of reggae basslines and country pedal steel guitar seems at times forced.

But Nelson reminds us what a great songwriter he is, and his singing remains understated and coolly charismatic. Peter Culshaw


13 Jul 05 - 12:54 AM (#1520983)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Azizi

Hey Jude

{LOL! I always liked that song}

Just poppin in to say I liked your use of 'overstand'..
It's a Rasta thang. Why be 'under' if you can be 'over' {which may be different than 'gettin over' but may not be}

And, as for typos, hey, my Sagittarius twin, I'm the Queen of typos..
I'm just sayin and not at all braggin.

Alba, You overstan I'm sure.


Positive Vibrations,

Azizi


13 Jul 05 - 07:30 PM (#1521404)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: GUEST,Terry Allan Hall

LOL, Willy-O...think I'll just run out and buy a copy! ;-)


14 Jul 05 - 07:37 AM (#1521702)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: s6k

i have this album, but i havent listened to it yet.

i will get anything reggae that is good, i have over 200 reggae albums, and when i heard that Willie Nelson was bringing one out, i was very surprised but knew i had to give it a listen!


14 Jul 05 - 09:13 AM (#1521777)
Subject: RE: Willie Nelson, Reggae, and Walmart
From: Wesley S

We'll be interested in your review. It sounds like there are a bunch of good people involved in it.