The classic, live Johnny Cash song, â€œFolsom Prison Blues,â€ opens Every Song Tells A Story. It’sÂ followed by Willie Nelsonâ€™s country twang on â€œMedley: Funny How Time Slips Away/Crazy/Night Life,â€ with sweet piano and harmonica, pretty much setting up how this 15-song collection flowsâ€¦one song Cash, one Nelson, then the two legends singing together.
Thereâ€™s the older â€œI Still Miss Someoneâ€ from Cash, with simple perfect “ohhs” and “ahhs” backing. Willieâ€™s distinctive vocals are over that beautiful piano on â€œAlways On My Mind,â€ the slightly corny â€œ(Ghost) Riders In the Skyâ€ is made passable with Johnny Cashâ€™s low growl and then there’s Willieâ€™s classic, “On The Road Again.”
From the first Highwayman album (Cash, Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings made this hit album back in 1985) we get Cash/Nelson duets like the sweet, slightly Mexican-sounding gospel of â€œDeportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos),â€ although we do get a smidgen of Kristofferson singing the secondÂ verse. Finally, there’s the ballad, â€œJim, I Wore A Tie Today,â€ “Committed to Parkview” and the poppy “The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over,”Â with Cash in spectacular voice.
â€œThe Human Conditionâ€ is an unreleased (until now) song from those sessions.