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is the twenty-sixth studio album by Always on My Mind country singer Willie Nelson. It was the Billboard number one country album of the year for 1982, and stayed 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, peaking at number one for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the for all albums, peaking at number two for 3 weeks.
Background and Recording [ edit ]
During the recording sessions for Nelson's collaboration album with
Merle Haggard, , the producer Pancho & Lefty Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons suggested that they record Johnny Christopher's " Always on My Mind". Haggard had no interest in recording a version of the song for the album, so instead Nelson recorded his own version—the first for the album entitled Always on My Mind. In his autobiography, Nelson stated: "We'll never know what would have happened if Merle had really heard the song right. 'Always on My Mind' bowled me over the moment I first heard it, which is one way I pick songs to record".
The rest of the album was constituted by adult-contemporary and pop standards, such as "
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and Paul Simon's " Bridge Over Troubled Water", as well as re-recordings of his own songs including "Permanently Lonely" (originally recorded for 1969's  LP) and " Good Times The Party's Over" (originally recorded for released in 1967).
The Party's Over
A 2003 re-release of the album included two bonus tracks: "The Man Who Owes Everyone" and "I'm a Memory" (another re-recording of an earlier release).
Track listing [ edit ]
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” ( Chips Moman, Dan Penn) – 2:58 “
Always on My Mind” ( Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson Thompson) – 3:34 “
A Whiter Shade of Pale” ( Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher) – 4:01 “
Let It Be Me” ( Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë, Gilbert Bécaud) – 3:33 “Staring Each Other Down” (Chips Moman,
Bobby Emmons) – 2:16 “
Bridge over Troubled Water” ( Paul Simon) – 4:39 “Old Fords and a Natural Stone” (Bobby Emmons, Chips Moman) – 2:33
“Permanently Lonely” (Willie Nelson) – 2:41
Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning” ( Gary P. Nunn, Donna Sioux Farar) – 4:22 “ The Party’s Over” (Willie Nelson) – 2:52
2003 re-release bonus tracks [ edit ]
“The Man Who Owes Everyone” (Dave Anderson, Willie Nelson) – 3:16
“I'm a Memory” (Willie Nelson) – 2:42
Personnel [ edit ]
Virginia Team - art direction
Beverly Parker - photography
Chart performance [ edit ]
1982 Weekly Chart
Billboard Top Country Albums
RPM Top Albums
Dutch Albums Chart
Australian Albums Chart
End of year charts [ edit ]
1982 Year-end Chart
Billboard Country Album
Cashbox Top 100
RPM Top Albums
References [ edit ]
Bibliography [ edit ]
Jones, Roben (2010). Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-60473-401-0. Nelson, Willie; Shrake, Bud; Shrake, Edwin (2000). Willie: An Autobiography. Cooper Square Press. ISBN 978-0-8154-1080-5.