Naked Willie

Naked Willie

by Willie Nelson
     
 

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In the late '80s, Ted Turner caused a furor by colorizing old black-and-white movies, claiming that this colorization modernized ancient artifacts for an audience that just couldn't bear to see shades of grey on their television set. It was modernization through addition, a misguided venture that never found its contemporary audience because it was trying to seduce an

Overview

In the late '80s, Ted Turner caused a furor by colorizing old black-and-white movies, claiming that this colorization modernized ancient artifacts for an audience that just couldn't bear to see shades of grey on their television set. It was modernization through addition, a misguided venture that never found its contemporary audience because it was trying to seduce an audience that never would have been interested in the first place. About 20 years later, Willie Nelson and his harmonica player Mickey Raphael did a kind of reverse colorization on Willie's '60s recordings for RCA, stripping away the strings, backing vocals, horns -- any of the accoutrements that sweetened Nelson's basic combo. Raphael cleverly dubs this process as "un-production" and there is some precedent for their historical revisionism, notably the Beatles weird rejiggering of Let It Be, which wasn't a flat-out reissue of the scrapped Get Back but a remix of the released album, scrubbing out all of its Spectorisms. That was called Let It Be...Naked and this Nelson collection plays upon that title with its smirky Naked Willie, a title that implies that this music might sound a little bit more unvarnished than it actually does. A large reason for that is the original recordings themselves; they're not as loose and woolly as the albums Willie recorded for Atlantic just after leaving RCA, nor are they as intimate as his breakthrough for Columbia, The Red Headed Stranger. These are the albums Naked Willie attempts to evoke, but it's just a bit too mellow, relaxed, and jazzy to get this vibe -- they point the way toward his outlaw work, but they belong to his transitional '60s period, so all the strings and things added after the initial sessions don't feel out of place. In other words, these aren't like the strings added to posthumous Hank Williams records; these overdubs were integrated into the production. Nevertheless, these overdubs dictated by Chet Atkins have been demonized through the decades by legions of listeners, critics, and, yes, artists who claim they perverted the intentions of the artists, which may be true, yet the revisionism of Naked Willie kind of distorts cultural history much like colorization did in the '80s. However, it's not nearly as bad -- it's not as harmful to the source material, it's not distracting as blush on Bogie, so it's much easier to enjoy. Indeed, these are 17 of the best songs that Willie cut at the end of his tenure at RCA, and the "naked" versions aren't tonally different than the originals -- listen to them back to back and it's sometimes hard to tell what was taken away.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2009
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886972011127
catalogNumber:
720111

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Jerry Reed   Guitar
Johnny Bush   Drums
Jimmy Day   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bill Pursell   Piano
Jerry Smith   Piano
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Chip Young   Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Bob Moore   Bass Guitar
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Norbert Putnam   Bass,Bass Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Velma Smith   Guitar
Glen Spreen   Organ,Harpsichord
Pete Wade   Guitar
Dave Zettner   Guitar
Roy Huskey   Bass,Bass Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Guitar,Piano,Vibes
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Bass
David Briggs   Piano

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer,Audio Production
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Mickey Raphael   Producer,Liner Notes
Hank Cochran   Composer
Danny Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer,Audio Production
A.L. Owens   Composer
Chet Flippo   Liner Notes
Randall Martin   Art Direction
Tony Castle   Remixing
Arthur Kent   Composer
Sylvia Kent   Composer

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