Personnel: Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar); Jody Payne (guitar, background vocals); Johnny Gimble (fiddle); Bobbie Nelson (piano). Recorded at Pedernales Recording, Austin, Texas. On his debut for Island Records, Willie Nelson returns to the song-cycle concept that served him well two decades earlier on RED HEADED STRANGER and PHASES AND STAGES. At age 63, Nelson uses the stripped-down, drumless SPIRIT to look back at his relationships with God and with women. ĹMatador,Ĺ a beautiful, flamenco-flavored instrumental, begins and ends the record. In between, the Red Headed Stranger reminisces about all the good things the Creator has done (ĹI Thought About You, LordĹ), and makes his peace in a direct conversation (ĹToo Sick To PrayĹ). Nelsonís limber acoustic guitar resonates throughout, while sister Bobbieís distinctive piano playing is at the center of tales of lost love (ĹShe Is Gone,Ĺ ĹIím Waiting ForeverĹ). And Bobbie rambles alongside the joyous noise of long-time Nelson fiddler Johnny Gimble in another instrumental, ĹSpirit Of E9,Ĺ a Tex-Mex-flavored waltz.