WILLIE NELSON Teatro (1998)

Teatro (1998)
Music For Crying In Your Beer In A South Of The Border Tex-Mex Cantina

I’ve got a couple of favorite Willie Nelson albums, but there’s something about the raw, live in the studio, laid back Tex-Mex feel of Teatro that sets it apart from the rest of Nelson’s work. Perhaps it’s Daniel Lanois’ production (recorded in an old, renovated movie theater), or Emmylou Harris’ understated and essential vocal harmonies. Perhaps it’s just Willie’s way of finding the melancholy in every line he sings on Teatro. Surely it all starts with the sense of loss found in Nelson’s material; “Darkness On The Face Of The Earth,” “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces,” “I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye”… the longing is both heartbreaking and hopeful and Nelson has rarely conveyed it as effectively. Interestingly, while this album was recorded in 1998, many of the songs actually come from Willie’s early 60s song catalog, and full-blown country versions can be found scattered on previous LPs. The atmosphere here, however, is casually live and cantina cool from start to finish. Highly recommended. A buck @ Amazon, HERE.

Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour? (Where Are You, My Love?) (2:43)
I Never Cared For You (2:19)
Everywhere I Go (3:50)
Darkness On The Face Of The Earth (2:34)
My Own Peculiar Way (3:38)
These Lonely Nights (3:30)
Home Motel (3:15)
The Maker (5:09)
I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye (4:38)
I’ve Just Destroyed The World I’m Living In (2:53)
Somebody Pick Up My Pieces (4:39)
Three Days (3:07)
I’ve Loved You All Over The World (4:18)
Annie (3:52)



  • 1
    July 2, 2009 - 23:19 | Permalink

    Thanks for this! Unbelievable! great to enjoy this when I can't see the Dylan/Nelson tour this summer.

  • 2
    Art Ducko
    July 3, 2009 - 09:51 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. My 4th of July weekend is now complete. All I need now is my mescal & barbeque.

  • 3
    Johnny Vandal
    July 4, 2009 - 15:18 | Permalink

    Wow— this is the first time I got a chance to check this one out. Excellent. Now pass that bottle of Patron over….

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    July 4, 2009 - 15:21 | Permalink

    Cool. Glad you checked it out. Thanks for the comments.

  • 5
    James E B
    October 17, 2009 - 14:53 | Permalink

    I have been pouring throw used CD bins for a few years now trying to track this down! I love I Never Cared for you, and have been dying to check out the whole album. Salud!

  • 6
    November 23, 2009 - 23:41 | Permalink

    Wow! Awesome!

    Again – A thousand thanks!!

  • 7
    January 17, 2010 - 15:48 | Permalink

    thanks much

  • 8
    Capt. Willard
    November 28, 2010 - 15:22 | Permalink

    Search HERE.

  • 9
    November 29, 2010 - 03:01 | Permalink

    Actually, Teatro is the name of an old movie theater in Oxnard CA (just north of LA) not Mexico. Lanois converted it into a studio and used it for several years in late 90's-00's. Dylans Time out of Mind was recorded there. Oxnard is kind of like Mexico though, in that most of the residence are immigrant farm workers. Oxnard is known for it's Strawberries and garlic.

  • 10
    Capt. Willard
    November 29, 2010 - 03:46 | Permalink

    Thanks for the info and the catch, I’ll doctor the text.

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