Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) [Bonus Tracks]

Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) [Bonus Tracks]

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by Willie Nelson

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Originally issued in 1981 as a double-vinyl LP, Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) didn't quite live up to the parenthetical part of its title -- only the bristling ballad "Heartaches of a Fool" became a charted single. But that technicality proved a moot point, since the album itself spent 4 weeks atop the chart and 371 weeks traversing its ranks. Comprised…  See more details below


Originally issued in 1981 as a double-vinyl LP, Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) didn't quite live up to the parenthetical part of its title -- only the bristling ballad "Heartaches of a Fool" became a charted single. But that technicality proved a moot point, since the album itself spent 4 weeks atop the chart and 371 weeks traversing its ranks. Comprised of cuts from 11 of the 13 albums Willie had then cut for Columbia, this collection offers up the silver-maned outlaw in all of his stylistic modes, but more important, it is driven by certifiable classics in any style: "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," and "On the Road Again." Just as crucial are a live version of "Whiskey River"; a version of "Help Me Make It Through the Night" that features its writer, Kris Kristofferson, on background vocals; and a beautiful duet with honky-tonkin' compadre Ray Price on Bob Wills's "Faded Love," with Crystal Gayle on harmonies. On a stunning live version of Rodney Crowell's elegant "Till I Gain Control Again," Nelson finds hidden wells of emotion buried in the lyrics -- and ballast from the gospel-like harmonies of a female chorus. The original 20-song track list is supplemented by 3 bonus cuts, including an exquisite, jazz-inflected, string-laden version of Gerald Marks's pop evergreen "All of Me," one of Willie's earliest forays into the classic American songbook. Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) reveals an artist fully formed and comfortable in his own skin, making for a listen that's hard to beat, no matter the genre.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) was released in the fall of 1981, summarizing a remarkable seven-year stretch of extraordinary success that began when the iconoclastic Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson's first album for Columbia, which became a smash hit not long after its 1975 release. From that point on, Nelson became an American popular music icon and a fixture at the top of the country charts, something that was all the more remarkable because he rarely played it safe: he sang pop standards, jammed like the Grateful Dead, recorded tributes to heroes like Lefty Frizzell, and did duet albums with both mentor Ray Price, and fellow maverick Leon Russell. It was a far-ranging, unpredictable body of work, with each individual album retaining its own distinctive character, and Greatest Hits manages to pull off the nifty trick of making sense of these records in two records (now one CD) and 20 songs. Sequenced like a set list, not according to strict chronological order, the collection manages to hit all the major singles, but does so judiciously, making sure each of the records and musical moods get equal pay. So, there is no overdose of Stardust material, and even album tracks like a moving version of "Look What Thoughts Will Do" get a hearing. Consequently, this Greatest Hits is far more than a mere recitation of familiar items. It is something much better -- a rounded, full-bodied portrait of Nelson in all of his idiosyncratic splendor, which is about as much as could be asked from a hits collection. And that's why it's worth having, not just as an introduction, but just as a splendid listen on its own terms. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]

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  1. Railroad Lady
  2. Heartaches of a Fool
  3. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  4. Whiskey River
  5. Good Hearted Woman
  6. Georgia on My Mind
  7. All of Me
  8. If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)
  9. Look What Thoughts Will Do
  10. Remember Me (When the Candlelights Are Gleaming)
  11. Uncloudy Day
  12. Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
  13. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
  14. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  15. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
  16. I'd Have to Be Crazy
  17. Faded Love  - Ray Price
  18. On the Road Again
  19. Midnight Rider
  20. Heartbreak Hotel  - Leon Russell
  21. If You Could Touch Her at All
  22. Till I Gain Control Again
  23. Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Crystal Gayle   Background Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Kris Kristofferson   Background Vocals
Leon Russell   Keyboards,Vocals
Doug Sahm   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Sammi Smith   Background Vocals
Jimmy Day   Dobro,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Larry Gatlin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Jim Boatman   Background Vocals
Moses Calderon   Keyboards,Vibes
Ambrose Campbell   Percussion
Paul English   Drums
Chris Ethridge   Bass
John Gallie   Organ
Marty Grebb   Saxophone
Jeff Gutcheon   Organ
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Piano
Bucky Meadows   Guitar
Jody Payne   Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Bee Spears   Bass
Rex Ludwig   Drums
Bobbie Nelson   Piano
Dee Moeller   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ed Bruce   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Waylon Jennings   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer,Producer
Johnnie Lee Wills   Composer
Gregg Allman   Composer
Jimmy Buffett   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Leon Russell   Producer
Lee Clayton   Composer
Johnny Bush   Composer
Jimmy Beck   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Fred Foster   Composer
Steven Fromholz   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Robert Payne   Composer
Sydney Pollack   Producer
Sharon Rice   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Billy Jack Wills   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Johnny Whiteside   Liner Notes
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Brian Hagiwara   Illustrations,Cover Art
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Paul Stroud   Composer
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
Patsy Bruce   Composer
Dub Dickerson   Composer
Triana DOrazio   Packaging Manager
Jim Beck   Composer
J. B. Shinn   Composer
Bo Wiseman   Composer
S. Rice   Composer
L. Clayton   Composer

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