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Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash are icons, legends and outlaws of country music, When they untied they became the super group the Highwaymen, a concept that allowed 4 lifelong friends the chance to sing, work and tour together. This 10th anniversary that was produced by Don Was will feature a never before heard song, 'If He Came Back Again' and five unreleased demo's. Don Was also filmed the legendary recording session. This unreleased footage can now be seen for the first time on the bonus DVD included in this limited edition version. Capitol. 2005.
Entertainment Weekly (4/14/95, pp.62-63) - "...a solid collection of unconventional and often introspective songs....the new album veers from hymn-like meditations to honky-tonk shuffles to chugging country-rockers exploring acceptance, self-reliance and universal love..." - Rating: B+
Q (5/95, p.104) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Worn, weather-beaten and just a little bit fierier this time around."
The Highwaymen: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar).
Additional personnel: Mark Goldenberg (acoustic & baritone guitars, electric sitar); Al Anderson (electric & acoustic guitars); Reggie Young (electric guitar); Robby Turner (pedal steel, dobro); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Danny Timms (acoustic piano, background vocals); Luis Resto (Wurlitzer electric piano); Benmont Tench (Hammond C-3); Michael Rhodes (bass); Kenny Aronoff (drums); Billy Swan (background vocals).
Recorded at Ocean Way, Hollywood, California.
The Highwaymen (Country): Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar); Al Anderson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Mark Goldenberg (acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, electric sitar); Reggie Young (electric guitar); Robby Turner (pedal steel guitar, dobro); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Danny Timms (piano); Luis Resto (electric piano, Wurlitzer piano); Benmont Tench (Hammond b-3 organ); Michael Rhodes (bass instrument); Kenny Aronoff (drums).
On THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER, four venerable veterans emphatically prove that experience, talent, and strong material add up to a potent combination. The Highwaymen have few peers not only because each is a country music living legend, but because this quartet has lived its songs; they have turned the gravel to dust by endlessly riding down the roads they sing about.
Combining the songbooks of the four main participants with some tasty choices by outside writers, the Highwaymen offer an expansive look at life through crow-footed outlaw eyes. Whether it's the meditative, metaphysical marvel "Death And Hell," written by Johnny Cash and his son, or the sublime title track penned by relative newcomer Robert Earl Keen, the Highwaymen lend these songs a thoroughly lived-in feel. They often rotate the lead vocals within a song--singing the rafters off Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand" both separately and together--and add their distinctive harmony styles to their compadres' solo turns. Willie Nelson's "The End Of Understanding" flows gently along, like a still, endless river, while Kristofferson's tired, gruff voice perfectly guides his ode to the bright side of human nature, "Here Comes The Rainbow Again."
THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER is the kind of highly spirited, provocative effort that should send Nashville's new breed back to the rehearsal halls, in hope that one day they too can fill the boots of the country's still-kicking legends.
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