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Nashville Was the Roughest
     

Nashville Was the Roughest

by Willie Nelson
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/1998
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127158314
catalogNumber:
15831
Rank:
125310

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. King of a Lonely Castle
  2. (There'll Be) Someone Waiting for You
  3. To Make a Long Story Short (She's Gone)
  4. I Never Cared for You
  5. You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago
  6. I Feel That Old Feeling
  7. King of a Lonely Castle
  8. Pretty Paper
  9. What a Merry Christmas This Could Be
  10. Healing Hands of Time
  11. Talk to Me
  12. Whisky Walzer
  13. Little Darling
  14. Permanently Lonely
  15. Healing Hands of Time
  16. Ashamed
  17. She's Not for You
  18. Are You Sure
  19. Night Life
  20. Mr. Record Man
  21. Healing Hands of Time
  22. Funny How Time Slips Away
  23. My Own Peculiar Way
  24. One Day at a Time
  25. It Should Be Easier Now
  26. Darkness on the Face of the Earth
  27. Buddy
  28. Hello Walls
  29. So Much to Do
  30. Within Your Crowd

Disc 2

  1. Did I Ever Love You
  2. And So Will You My Love
  3. I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye
  4. Down to Our Last Goodbye
  5. Fraulein
  6. I Love You Because
  7. I'd Trade All of My Tomorrows (For Just One Yesterday)
  8. Making Believe
  9. Home in San Antone
  10. Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
  11. Columbus Stockade Blues
  12. Seasons of My Heart
  13. Heartaches by the Number
  14. Go on Home
  15. My Window Faces the South
  16. San Antonio Rose
  17. I'm Still Not over You
  18. San Antonio Rose
  19. Columbus Stockade Blues
  20. He Sits at My Table
  21. A Wonderful Yesterday
  22. The Party's Over
  23. One in a Row
  24. Make Way for a Better Man
  25. Did I Ever Love You
  26. And So Will You My Love
  27. I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye
  28. Down to Our Last Goodbye
  29. A Wonderful Yesterday
  30. The Party's Over
  31. One in a Row
  32. Make Way for a Better Man

Disc 3

  1. Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
  2. Some Other World
  3. If It's Wrong to Love You
  4. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  5. You Made Me Live, Love and Die
  6. Born to Lose
  7. What Now My Love
  8. Lovin' Lies
  9. Teach Me to Forget
  10. Tender Years
  11. A Mansion on the Hill
  12. Something to Think About
  13. Blackjack County Chains
  14. Don't Say Love or Nothing
  15. You Ought to Hear Me Cry
  16. I Don't Feel Anything
  17. Hold Me Tighter
  18. I'll Stay Around
  19. A Moment Isn't Very Long
  20. The Ghost
  21. No Tomorrow in Sight
  22. There Goes a Man
  23. Go Away
  24. Once Alone
  25. End of Understanding
  26. To Make a Long Story Short (She's Gone)
  27. Suffering in Silence
  28. Truth Number One
  29. When I Don't Have You

Disc 4

  1. Someday You'll Call My Name
  2. Wild Memories
  3. December Day
  4. Pages
  5. Little Things
  6. Good Times
  7. She's Still Gone
  8. Sweet Memories
  9. Johnny One Time
  10. Jimmy's Road
  11. Bring Me Sunshine
  12. I Let My Mind Wander
  13. I Just Don't Understand
  14. I Just Dropped By
  15. The Local Memory
  16. Natural to Be Gone
  17. Love Has a Mind of Its Own
  18. I'll Walk Alone
  19. It Will Come to Pass
  20. My Own Peculiar Way
  21. The Message
  22. That's All
  23. Any Old Arms Won't Do
  24. Johnny One Time
  25. Jimmy's Road
  26. Bring Me Sunshine
  27. Bloody Mary Morning
  28. Pins and Needles (In My Heart)
  29. Everybody's Talkin'

Disc 5

  1. Crazy Arms
  2. I Gotta Get Drunk
  3. Wabash Cannonball
  4. One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)
  5. Who Do I Know in Dallas
  6. Both Sides Now
  7. It Could Be Said That Way
  8. Once More With Feeling
  9. Follow Me Around
  10. Minstrel Man
  11. Where Do You Stand?
  12. When We Live Again
  13. If You Could See What's Going Through My Mind
  14. Happiness Lives Next Door
  15. I've Seen That Look on Me (A Thousand Times)
  16. I Don't Feel Anything
  17. Laying My Burdens Down
  18. How Long Have You Been There
  19. Senses
  20. Sunday Morning Coming Down
  21. What Can You Do to Me Now
  22. The Losers Song
  23. Fire and Rain
  24. I Can Cry Again
  25. I'm a Memory
  26. That's Why I Love Her So
  27. If You Could See What's Going Through My Mind
  28. The Losers Song

Disc 6

  1. Yours Love
  2. Kneel at the Feet of Jesus
  3. Today I Started Loving You Again
  4. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  5. Will You Remember Mine
  6. Wonderful Future
  7. Wake Me When It's Over
  8. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  9. Rainy Day Blues
  10. If You Really Loved Me
  11. Words Don't Fit the Picture
  12. What Do You Want Me to Do?
  13. Stay Away from Lonely Places
  14. Good Hearted Woman
  15. Home Is Where You're Happy
  16. My Kind of Girl
  17. I'd Rather You Didn't Love Me
  18. Undo the Right
  19. One Step Beyond
  20. I Want a Girl
  21. Country Willie
  22. You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago
  23. London
  24. A Moment Isn't Very Long
  25. Who'll Buy My Memories?
  26. No Love Around
  27. Come on Home
  28. Mountain Dew

Disc 7

  1. Dallas
  2. San Antonio
  3. Streets of Laredo
  4. Who Put All My Ex's in Texas
  5. The Hill Country Theme
  6. Waltz Across Texas
  7. Travis Letter
  8. Remember the Alamo
  9. Texas in My Soul
  10. There's a Little Bit of Everything in Texas
  11. Beautiful Texas
  12. Medley: Where's the Show/Let Me Be a Man
  13. In God's Eyes
  14. Family Bible
  15. It's Not for Me to Understand
  16. Medley: These Are Difficult Times/Remember the Good Times
  17. Summer of Roses
  18. December Day
  19. Yesterday's Wine
  20. Me and Paul
  21. Goin' Home
  22. Phases, Stages, Circles, Cycles and Scenes
  23. Pretend I Never Happened
  24. Sister's Coming Home
  25. Down at the Corner Beer Joint
  26. I'm Falling in Love Again
  27. Chet's Tune
  28. Poor Old Ugly Gladys Jones

Disc 8

  1. Introduction- Bo Powell/Willie Introduces Band
  2. Medley: Mr. Record Man/Hello Walls/One Day at a Time
  3. Medley: The Last Letter/Half a Man
  4. I Never Cared for You
  5. Yesterday
  6. Touch Me
  7. Something to Think About
  8. I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye
  9. How Long Is Forever
  10. Night Life
  11. Medley: Opportunity to Cry/Permanently Lonely
  12. My Own Peculiar Way
  13. I Love You Because
  14. I'm Still Not over You
  15. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   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   Vocals
Grady Martin   Electric Guitar,Leader
Norma Jean   Vocals
Wade Ray   Fiddle
Archie Campbell   Vocals
Byron Bach   Cello
Brenton Banks   Violin
George Binkley   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
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
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   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   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
Terry Williams   Trombone
Troy Jack Drake   Bass
Douglas Williams   Xylophone,Vibes
Eberhard Ramm   French Horn
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
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Ralph Mooney   Composer
Wayne Moss   Composer
W. O'Daniel Lee & His Hillbillys   Composer
Bonnie Owens   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
Leverett   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Sylke Holtrop   Artwork
Harold E. Cruthirds   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
Traditional   Composer
Shirley Nelson   Composer
Wolf Kabitzky   Producer
Jerry Blanton   Composer
O'Daniel   Composer
Jerry P. Blanton   Composer
F. Jenkins   Composer

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