Nashville Was the Roughest

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Willie Nelson's '60s recordings for RCA have long been the subject of critical disdain due to the supposed ill fit between Nelson's idiosyncratic style and the conventions of the Nashville sound era. In fact, Nelson's RCA material is largely of high quality, his modest hits from this period were often excellent, and his uniqueness comes through no matter how syrupy the orchestration which isn't always the case -- the production on many of these tracks is quite spare. This deluxe eight-CD box set compiles everything Nelson recorded during his eight years with RCA, including a complete live set, unreleased recordings, rough takes of songs that would later surface on his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Willie Nelson's '60s recordings for RCA have long been the subject of critical disdain due to the supposed ill fit between Nelson's idiosyncratic style and the conventions of the Nashville sound era. In fact, Nelson's RCA material is largely of high quality, his modest hits from this period were often excellent, and his uniqueness comes through no matter how syrupy the orchestration which isn't always the case -- the production on many of these tracks is quite spare. This deluxe eight-CD box set compiles everything Nelson recorded during his eight years with RCA, including a complete live set, unreleased recordings, rough takes of songs that would later surface on his A&M albums, and his few early-'60s recordings for Monument. Nelson covers Western swing, pop-country, ballads, and versions of classic country songs in minimalist fashion with his jazzy phrasing fully developed. In fact, those who have been frightened away from these recordings by critics may be surprised by how little they differ from his '70s sound. Fans will delight over the LP-sized hardback book that accompanies this set and the opportunity to review a neglected episode in the Willie saga.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/1998
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127158314
  • Catalog Number: 15831
  • Sales rank: 138,821

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 King of a Lonely Castle (2:49)
  2. 2 (There'll Be) Someone Waiting for You (2:40)
  3. 3 To Make a Long Story Short (She's Gone) (2:23)
  4. 4 I Never Cared for You (2:29)
  5. 5 You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago (2:33)
  6. 6 I Feel That Old Feeling (2:20)
  7. 7 King of a Lonely Castle (2:49)
  8. 8 Pretty Paper (2:29)
  9. 9 What a Merry Christmas This Could Be (2:09)
  10. 10 Healing Hands of Time (2:06)
  11. 11 Talk to Me (1:56)
  12. 12 Whisky Walzer (2:26)
  13. 13 Little Darling (2:28)
  14. 14 Permanently Lonely (2:31)
  15. 15 Healing Hands of Time (2:06)
  16. 16 Ashamed (2:14)
  17. 17 She's Not for You (2:32)
  18. 18 Are You Sure (2:11)
  19. 19 Night Life (2:26)
  20. 20 Mr. Record Man (2:15)
  21. 21 Healing Hands of Time (2:21)
  22. 22 Funny How Time Slips Away (2:42)
  23. 23 My Own Peculiar Way (2:58)
  24. 24 One Day at a Time (2:34)
  25. 25 It Should Be Easier Now (2:46)
  26. 26 Darkness on the Face of the Earth (2:28)
  27. 27 Buddy (2:18)
  28. 28 Hello Walls (2:14)
  29. 29 So Much to Do (2:12)
  30. 30 Within Your Crowd (2:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Did I Ever Love You (2:29)
  2. 2 And So Will You My Love (3:02)
  3. 3 I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye (2:51)
  4. 4 Down to Our Last Goodbye (2:38)
  5. 5 Fraulein (2:58)
  6. 6 I Love You Because (3:00)
  7. 7 I'd Trade All of My Tomorrows (For Just One Yesterday) (2:25)
  8. 8 Making Believe (2:54)
  9. 9 Home in San Antone (1:40)
  10. 10 Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me) (3:01)
  11. 11 Columbus Stockade Blues (1:58)
  12. 12 Seasons of My Heart (2:46)
  13. 13 Heartaches by the Number (2:20)
  14. 14 Go on Home (2:15)
  15. 15 My Window Faces the South (1:44)
  16. 16 San Antonio Rose (2:09)
  17. 17 I'm Still Not over You (2:49)
  18. 18 San Antonio Rose (2:18)
  19. 19 Columbus Stockade Blues (2:11)
  20. 20 He Sits at My Table (2:31)
  21. 21 A Wonderful Yesterday (2:06)
  22. 22 The Party's Over (2:28)
  23. 23 One in a Row (2:34)
  24. 24 Make Way for a Better Man (2:02)
  25. 25 Did I Ever Love You (2:29)
  26. 26 And So Will You My Love (3:02)
  27. 27 I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye (2:52)
  28. 28 Down to Our Last Goodbye (2:38)
  29. 29 A Wonderful Yesterday (2:04)
  30. 30 The Party's Over (2:27)
  31. 31 One in a Row (2:33)
  32. 32 Make Way for a Better Man (1:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Have I Stayed Away Too Long? (3:04)
  2. 2 Some Other World (2:13)
  3. 3 If It's Wrong to Love You (2:19)
  4. 4 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (3:03)
  5. 5 You Made Me Live, Love and Die (2:51)
  6. 6 Born to Lose (2:41)
  7. 7 What Now My Love (3:14)
  8. 8 Lovin' Lies (3:00)
  9. 9 Teach Me to Forget (2:51)
  10. 10 Tender Years (2:24)
  11. 11 A Mansion on the Hill (3:00)
  12. 12 Something to Think About (2:34)
  13. 13 Blackjack County Chains (2:03)
  14. 14 Don't Say Love or Nothing (2:48)
  15. 15 You Ought to Hear Me Cry (2:41)
  16. 16 I Don't Feel Anything (2:36)
  17. 17 Hold Me Tighter (2:25)
  18. 18 I'll Stay Around (2:16)
  19. 19 A Moment Isn't Very Long (2:13)
  20. 20 The Ghost (2:24)
  21. 21 No Tomorrow in Sight (3:03)
  22. 22 There Goes a Man (2:28)
  23. 23 Go Away (2:26)
  24. 24 Once Alone (3:01)
  25. 25 End of Understanding (2:06)
  26. 26 To Make a Long Story Short (She's Gone) (2:17)
  27. 27 Suffering in Silence (2:23)
  28. 28 Truth Number One (2:50)
  29. 29 When I Don't Have You (3:24)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Someday You'll Call My Name (2:09)
  2. 2 Wild Memories (2:37)
  3. 3 December Day (2:43)
  4. 4 Pages (2:55)
  5. 5 Little Things (3:18)
  6. 6 Good Times (2:29)
  7. 7 She's Still Gone (2:27)
  8. 8 Sweet Memories (3:13)
  9. 9 Johnny One Time (2:45)
  10. 10 Jimmy's Road (2:39)
  11. 11 Bring Me Sunshine (2:13)
  12. 12 I Let My Mind Wander (2:54)
  13. 13 I Just Don't Understand (2:40)
  14. 14 I Just Dropped By (3:27)
  15. 15 The Local Memory (1:52)
  16. 16 Natural to Be Gone (2:03)
  17. 17 Love Has a Mind of Its Own (2:40)
  18. 18 I'll Walk Alone (3:09)
  19. 19 It Will Come to Pass (3:02)
  20. 20 My Own Peculiar Way (3:08)
  21. 21 The Message (2:42)
  22. 22 That's All (2:27)
  23. 23 Any Old Arms Won't Do (2:33)
  24. 24 Johnny One Time (2:46)
  25. 25 Jimmy's Road (2:39)
  26. 26 Bring Me Sunshine (2:13)
  27. 27 Bloody Mary Morning (3:16)
  28. 28 Pins and Needles (In My Heart) (3:19)
  29. 29 Everybody's Talkin' (3:21)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Crazy Arms (2:31)
  2. 2 I Gotta Get Drunk (2:16)
  3. 3 Wabash Cannonball (2:44)
  4. 4 One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) (2:36)
  5. 5 Who Do I Know in Dallas (2:29)
  6. 6 Both Sides Now (3:02)
  7. 7 It Could Be Said That Way (3:13)
  8. 8 Once More With Feeling (2:38)
  9. 9 Follow Me Around (2:44)
  10. 10 Minstrel Man (2:29)
  11. 11 Where Do You Stand? (2:18)
  12. 12 When We Live Again (2:16)
  13. 13 If You Could See What's Going Through My Mind (2:57)
  14. 14 Happiness Lives Next Door (2:38)
  15. 15 I've Seen That Look on Me (A Thousand Times) (2:31)
  16. 16 I Don't Feel Anything (2:33)
  17. 17 Laying My Burdens Down (2:38)
  18. 18 How Long Have You Been There (2:34)
  19. 19 Senses (2:15)
  20. 20 Sunday Morning Coming Down (5:50)
  21. 21 What Can You Do to Me Now (3:29)
  22. 22 The Losers Song (2:50)
  23. 23 Fire and Rain (3:00)
  24. 24 I Can Cry Again (3:00)
  25. 25 I'm a Memory (2:26)
  26. 26 That's Why I Love Her So (2:32)
  27. 27 If You Could See What's Going Through My Mind (2:57)
  28. 28 The Losers Song (2:47)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Yours Love (3:02)
  2. 2 Kneel at the Feet of Jesus (2:46)
  3. 3 Today I Started Loving You Again (4:02)
  4. 4 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (2:25)
  5. 5 Will You Remember Mine (3:34)
  6. 6 Wonderful Future (2:38)
  7. 7 Wake Me When It's Over (3:44)
  8. 8 Help Me Make It Through the Night (2:57)
  9. 9 Rainy Day Blues (3:14)
  10. 10 If You Really Loved Me (2:13)
  11. 11 Words Don't Fit the Picture (2:48)
  12. 12 What Do You Want Me to Do? (2:28)
  13. 13 Stay Away from Lonely Places (2:59)
  14. 14 Good Hearted Woman (3:01)
  15. 15 Home Is Where You're Happy (3:01)
  16. 16 My Kind of Girl (2:34)
  17. 17 I'd Rather You Didn't Love Me (2:40)
  18. 18 Undo the Right (2:19)
  19. 19 One Step Beyond (2:03)
  20. 20 I Want a Girl (2:39)
  21. 21 Country Willie (2:37)
  22. 22 You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago (2:40)
  23. 23 London (2:56)
  24. 24 A Moment Isn't Very Long (3:03)
  25. 25 Who'll Buy My Memories? (3:43)
  26. 26 No Love Around (2:50)
  27. 27 Come on Home (2:25)
  28. 28 Mountain Dew (2:07)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Dallas (2:17)
  2. 2 San Antonio (2:33)
  3. 3 Streets of Laredo (3:34)
  4. 4 Who Put All My Ex's in Texas (2:16)
  5. 5 The Hill Country Theme (2:19)
  6. 6 Waltz Across Texas (2:27)
  7. 7 Travis Letter (2:05)
  8. 8 Remember the Alamo (2:57)
  9. 9 Texas in My Soul (2:01)
  10. 10 There's a Little Bit of Everything in Texas (2:22)
  11. 11 Beautiful Texas (2:41)
  12. 12 Medley: Where's the Show/Let Me Be a Man (3:40)
  13. 13 In God's Eyes (2:21)
  14. 14 Family Bible (3:12)
  15. 15 It's Not for Me to Understand (3:04)
  16. 16 Medley: These Are Difficult Times/Remember the Good Times (3:16)
  17. 17 Summer of Roses (2:05)
  18. 18 December Day (2:17)
  19. 19 Yesterday's Wine (3:13)
  20. 20 Me and Paul (3:49)
  21. 21 Goin' Home (3:09)
  22. 22 Phases, Stages, Circles, Cycles and Scenes (2:02)
  23. 23 Pretend I Never Happened (2:57)
  24. 24 Sister's Coming Home (1:33)
  25. 25 Down at the Corner Beer Joint (1:32)
  26. 26 I'm Falling in Love Again (2:07)
  27. 27 Chet's Tune (2:48)
  28. 28 Poor Old Ugly Gladys Jones (2:44)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Introduction- Bo Powell/Willie Introduces Band (2:01)
  2. 2 Medley: Mr. Record Man/Hello Walls/One Day at a Time (5:20)
  3. 3 Medley: The Last Letter/Half a Man (4:23)
  4. 4 I Never Cared for You (3:12)
  5. 5 Yesterday (2:22)
  6. 6 Touch Me (2:37)
  7. 7 Something to Think About (2:21)
  8. 8 I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye (2:49)
  9. 9 How Long Is Forever (2:51)
  10. 10 Night Life (3:35)
  11. 11 Medley: Opportunity to Cry/Permanently Lonely (4:34)
  12. 12 My Own Peculiar Way (2:19)
  13. 13 I Love You Because (2:40)
  14. 14 I'm Still Not over You (2:38)
  15. 15 There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Overdubs
Homer & Jethro Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Eddy Arnold Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar, Leader
Bobby Bare Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano, Leader, Vocals
Waylon Jennings Vocals
Hank Locklin Vocals
Jerry Reed Vocals
Hank Snow Vocals
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Ray Stevens Organ, Vibes
Dottie West Vocals
Connie Smith Vocals
Billy Gene English Drums
James Burton Guitar, Leader
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Anita Kerr Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Day Bass, Steel Guitar
George Hamilton IV Vocals
Grady Martin Electric Guitar, Leader
Norma Jean Vocals
Wade Ray Fiddle
Archie Campbell Vocals
Byron Bach Cello
Brenton Banks Violin
George Binkley III Violin
Harold Bradley Guitar
Jim Ed Brown Vocals
Wayne Butler Trombone, Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Marvin Chantry Viola
Skeeter Davis Vocals
Jimmy Dean Vocals
Ray Edenton Guitar
Dolores Edgin Choir, Chorus
Paul English Drums
Solie Fott Violin
Don Gant Choir, Chorus
Dennis Good Trombone
Buddy Harman Drums
Ginger Holladay Choir, Chorus
Mary Holladay Choir, Chorus
Lillian Hunt Violin
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Dave Kirby Guitar
Millie Kirkham Choir, Chorus
Sheldon Kurland Violin
Skip Lane Flute
John D. Loudermilk Vocals
Pierre Menard Violin
Wayne Moss Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar
Norman Ray Baritone Saxophone
Louis Dean Nunley Choir, Chorus
June Page Choir, Chorus
Billy Puett Flute
Norbert Putnam Bass, Leader
Eberhard Ramm French Horn
Leon Rhodes Electric Guitar
Temple Riser Choir, Chorus
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Organ, Piano, Harpsichord
Billy Sanford Electric Guitar
Velma Smith Guitar
Dan Spears Bass
Glen Spreen Organ, Harpsichord
Jerry Stembridge Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Overdubs
Henry Strzelecki Bass
C. Robert Thompson Banjo
George Tidwell Trumpet
David Vanderkooi Cello
Porter Wagoner Vocals
Carole Walker Violin
Bergen White Celeste, Leader, Vibes
Terry Williams Trombone
Norris Wilson Choir, Chorus
Dave Zettner Bass, Guitar
Dorothy Ann Dillard Choir, Chorus
Herman Wade Guitar, Electric Guitar
Glenn Baxter Trumpet
Howard Carpenter Violin, Viola
Laurence Harvin Violin
Priscilla Ann Hubbard Choir, Chorus
Charlie McCoy Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Electric Bass, Vibes
William Whitney Pursell Piano
Lillian Vannhunt Violin
Mary Greene Choir, Chorus
Bob Moore Bass, Leader
Karl Garvin Trumpet
Jerry Reed Hubbard Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
Don Bowman Vocals
Ray C. Walker Choir, Chorus
Albert Coleman Violin
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Electric Guitar
William Guilford Wright Jr. Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Kenneth Goldsmith Violin
John W. Greubel Drums
Velma E. Williams Smith Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Harvey Wolfe Cello
Stephanie Woolf Violin
James L. Wilkerson Bass, Vibes
Byron Williams Violin
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Homer Randolph Saxophone
John Bush Shinn III Drums
Homer Vocals
Jethro Vocals
Martin Kathan Violin, Viola
Peter Drake Steel Guitar
Victor Battista Bass
Anna Johnson Choir, Chorus
Richard Farrell Morris Percussion
Jeannie M. Ogletree Choir, Chorus
Harold R. "Ray Stevens" Ragsdale Organ, Piano, Choir, Chorus, Vibes
Dana King French Horn
David Briggs Piano
David VanOsdale Viola
Troy Jack Drake Bass
Douglas Williams Xylophone, Vibes
Damon Elliott French Horn
Technical Credits
Buddy Emmons Composer
Chet Atkins Producer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Willie Nelson Composer, Vocal Overdubs
Eddie Rabbitt Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Zeb Turner Composer
Johnny Bush Illustrations
Dewey Groom Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Eddie Dean Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Hal Blair Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Danny Davis Producer
Colin Escott Illustrations
Bob Ferguson Producer
Fred Foster Composer, Producer
Alan Jackson Composer
Felton Jarvis Producer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Ralph Mooney Composer
Wayne Moss Composer
W. O'Daniel Lee & His Hillbillys Composer
Bonnie Owens Composer
Keith Stegall Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Shirley Collie Composer
Jan Crutchfield Composer
Raymond Jackson Composer
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Sylke Holtrop Artwork
Harold E. Cruthirds Jr. Cello Arrangement
Adryan Russ Composer
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Nadine Wuppesahl Artwork
James L. Wilkerson Tic Tac
Scotty Wiseman Composer
Don Stovall Composer
Cy Coben Composer
Dearest Dean Composer
Ken Devine Composer
Kent Westberry Composer
Achim Elsner Mastering
Traditional Composer
Shirley Nelson Composer
Wolf Kabitzky Producer
O'Daniel Composer
Jerry P. Blanton Composer
F. Jenkins Composer
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