Waylon & Willie is a duet album by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, released on RCA Victor in 1978. It stayed at #1 album on the country album charts for ten weeks and would spend a total of 126 weeks on the country charts.
At the dawn of 1978, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson had attained country music superstar status. Jennings had scored three #1 country albums in a row, and his most recent, 1977's Ol' Waylon, included what turned out to be the biggest hit single of his career, "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)." Nelson, who had taken a verse on the Jennings single, had enjoyed blockbuster success of his own with the release of his 1975 West Texas epic Red Headed Stranger and would again with Stardust in 1978. After so many one-off collaborations and tours, it was inevitable that the pair would record an album of duets, although the fact that they were on different record labels (Waylon with RCA and Willie with CBS) made matters difficult. According to RCA executive Jerry Bradley, Jennings initially attempted to overdub his vocals on a few archival Nelson recordings (Nelson had recorded for RCA from 1965 to 1972) but struggled to do so; instead, he approached CBS Records in Nashville with the idea of recording an album of new duets. In a surprising show of cooperation, CBS agreed. Jennings and Nelson had achieved great success previously, winning the CMA award for Duo of the Year for their song "Good Hearted Woman" in 1976 and were the marquee attractions on the Wanted! The Outlaws compilation, country music's first million selling album.
Rolling Stone ranked Waylon and Willie #30 its "50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own," stating, "These old stoner compadres teamed up with startling purpose for this consistently poignant, pleasingly loopy Number One country smash. A last call of circular barroom logic, it evenly splits primo world-weary Willie (the quivering waltz 'If You Can Touch Her at All' and bewildered end-of-the-line lament 'It's Not Supposed to Be That Way') with top-tier wobbly Waylon (his chilling cinéma vérité version of Fleetwood Mac's 'Gold Dust Woman' and the light-touch pathos of 'The Wurlitzer Prize'). While conceding that the album "remains one of their biggest-selling albums," AllMusic opines, "its perennial popularity has more to do with their iconic status - something this album deliberately played up - than the quality of the music, which is, overall, merely good...Since it was cut at a time they were making consistently enjoyable music, it's fun, but it could have been much, much more than it is."
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