Modern Classics Recordings
Deluxe gatefold "tip-on" uncoated jacket
"Spirit is Willie Nelson's variation on American Recordings, Johnny Cash's 1994 return to glory: low-key, acoustic, stripped to the rugged fundamentals of a good song and a superior voice." — Rolling Stone
"He is at his understated best here, moving deeply into the skeleton of the song itself and what it chooses to reveal through the singer. And while Spirit is quiet, it's a tough, big record that makes you confront the roar of silence in your own heart." — AllMusic
Willie Nelson's 1996 album Spirit is an emotional concept album illustrating the forlorn tale of a man abandoned by the great love of his life. We follow him down the path of loss as he confronts grief, gets back on his feet, and eventually finds solace in acceptance. While producing Spirit, Nelson assuredly knew the commercial risks behind releasing an album this melancholic. After all, in 1973 he himself wrote "sad songs and waltzes ain't selling this year."
Beloved by those familiar with Nelson's deep catalog, Spirit largely slipped through the cracks in the mainstream, but remains highly revered amongst critics and fans alike. Backed by legendary country fiddler Johnny Gimble (of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys), sister Bobbie Nelson on piano, and his longtime touring guitarist Jody Payne, the song-cycle is anchored by lilting Spanish-inspired instrumentals that absorb a lonesome gravity when placed next to ballads that tug at even the most unwavering heartstrings. Likened to Bob Dylan's Time Out Of Mind or Waylon Jennings' Right For the Time, Spirit sees Nelson maturing most gracefully: he trades rousing sing-alongs and saloon tunes for gut-wrenching lyrics and instrumentation of greater precision and skill, proving this release as deep and as challenging as his career-defining albums released 20 years before.
|2. She is Gone|
|3. Your Memory Won't Die in My Grave|
|4. I'm Not Trying to Forget You|
|5. Too Sick to Pray|
|7. I'm Waiting Forever|
|1. We Don't Run|
|2. I Guess I've Come to Live Here in Your Eyes|
|3. It's a Dream Come True|
|4. I Thought About You, Lord|
|5. Spirit of E9|
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