Red Headed Stranger/To Lefty from Willie

Red Headed Stranger/To Lefty from Willie

by Willie Nelson
     
 

As far as Willie Nelson goes, it really doesn't get any better than this. This Sony two-fer pairs remastered versions of two of the singer/songwriter's best records in a single package. Red Headed Stranger, released in 1975, was Nelson's breakthrough recording on Columbia. Strangely enough, a concept album -- he'd recordedSee more details below

Overview

As far as Willie Nelson goes, it really doesn't get any better than this. This Sony two-fer pairs remastered versions of two of the singer/songwriter's best records in a single package. Red Headed Stranger, released in 1975, was Nelson's breakthrough recording on Columbia. Strangely enough, a concept album -- he'd recorded them before (see RCA's excellent if brief Phases and Stages) -- it contained Nelson's reading of Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," which went straight to the top and stayed there. Since it was an album-oriented time, other tracks from the platter got airplay as well, including Nelson's own "Just as I Am" and "O'er the Waves." Add to this the inclusion of eight bonus tracks. In addition in the same slipcase (the box is dodgy; recycle it), the latter album, To Lefty from Willie, is a loving and truly enduring tribute to one of Nelson's great influences both as a singer and writer, Lefty Frizzell. The set contains tracks either written or co-written by Frizzell, and a couple that perhaps should have been. That said, Nelson does these songs in his own inimitable fashion, and over 30 years later was placing them in his set lists on the road. This recording plays seamlessly from front to back, and includes "Mom and Dad's Waltz," "I Love You a Thousand Ways," "If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time," "Look What Thoughts Will Do," and the killer first -- and only -- collaborative effort between songwriters Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker, "Railroad Lady." A bonus on this disc -- since it couldn't be improved upon -- is the inclusion of a CD-R track with video footage that features Nelson talking about Frizzell and the making of the album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886972212722
catalogNumber:
722127
Rank:
68081

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Time of the Preacher
  2. I Couldn't Believe It Was True
  3. Time of the Preacher (Theme)
  4. Medley: Blue Rock Montana/Red Headed Stranger [Medley]
  5. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  6. Red Headed Stranger
  7. Time of the Preacher (Theme)
  8. Just as I Am
  9. Denver
  10. O'er the Waves
  11. Down Yonder
  12. Can I Sleep in Your Arms
  13. Remember Me (When the Candlelights Are Gleaming)
  14. Hands on the Wheel
  15. Bandera
  16. Bach Minuet in G
  17. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)
  18. A Maiden's Prayer
  19. Bonaparte's Retreat

Disc 2

  1. Mom and Dad's Waltz
  2. Look What Thoughts Will Do
  3. I Love You a Thousand Ways
  4. Always Late (With Your Kisses)
  5. I Want to Be with You Always
  6. She Gone, Gone, Gone
  7. A Little Unfair
  8. I Never Go Around Mirrors
  9. That's the Way Love Goes
  10. Railroad Lady
  11. If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time
  12. [CD-Rom Track]

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Billy Gene English   Drums
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Paul English   Drums
Bucky Meadows   Guitar
Jody Payne   Guitar,Mandolin
Bee Spears   Bass
Rex Ludwig   Drums
Bobbie Nelson   Piano

Technical Credits

Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Willie Nelson   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Buffett   Composer
Mickey Raphael   Photo Courtesy
Eric Paul   Engineer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Gregg Geller   Reissue Producer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio   Mastering
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Chet Flippo   Liner Notes
John Morthland   Liner Notes
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Monica White   Cover Art
Dub Dickerson   Composer
Aaron Rosenbaum   Packaging Manager
Linda Chang   Packaging Manager
Jim Beck   Composer

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