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Picks and Pans Review: Ww Ii

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Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

It has been quite a spell since the last Jennings-Nelson collaborative album broke out (in 1978), and this double-initial reprise includes only five joint songs. (Jennings solos on six, including May I Borrow Some Sugar From You?, which was nice when he first included it on an album back in April but is now worn out.) Five is better than none, though—a whole lot better. If these two are not exactly Patience and Prudence, they make up in timing and spirit and—let’s face it—good-ole-boys togetherness what they lack in harmony. There’s a wonderful version of the Otis Redding hit Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay and a version of Tom T. Hall’s The Year That Clayton Delaney Died that makes Tom T’s reading of it seem wooden. The pair also do Nelson’s Write Your Own Songs, the Chips Moman-Bobby Emmons song Heroes and Jim Webb’s Mr. Shuck and Jive, whose instrumental midsection sounds as if it were previously lifted and inserted into Webb’s MacArthur Park. This may be the only instance when decent folks can wish for a WW III.