Picks and Pans Review: Always on My Mind

updated 04/19/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/19/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Willie Nelson

Willie persists in what seems to be a project to record every song that has ever been popular in the U.S. Can Over There, Mairzy Doats and the Star Wars title theme be far off? This LP does include two new songs by Nelson's producer, Chips Moman, and keyboardist Bobby Emmons, plus the heretofore obscure though pleasant title tune. Otherwise, it's all recycled, such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, Let It Be Me, Procol Harum's 1967 hit A Whiter Shade of Pale and Nelson's own oldie The Party's Over. He profitably revives Aretha Franklin's standby Do Right Woman, Do Right Man. But it's hard not to look longingly past this album toward Willie's still-in-the-works concept album and, at last, some new Nelson songs.

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