Red Headed Stranger/To Lefty from Willie

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886972212722
  • Catalog Number: 722127
  • Sales rank: 56,052

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Time of the Preacher (2:26)
  2. 2 I Couldn't Believe It Was True (1:32)
  3. 3 Time of the Preacher (Theme) (1:13)
  4. 4 Medley: Blue Rock Montana/Red Headed Stranger [Medley] (1:36)
  5. 5 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (2:21)
  6. 6 Red Headed Stranger (4:00)
  7. 7 Time of the Preacher (Theme) (0:26)
  8. 8 Just as I Am (1:47)
  9. 9 Denver (0:53)
  10. 10 O'er the Waves (0:47)
  11. 11 Down Yonder (1:56)
  12. 12 Can I Sleep in Your Arms (5:24)
  13. 13 Remember Me (When the Candlelights Are Gleaming) (2:52)
  14. 14 Hands on the Wheel (4:22)
  15. 15 Bandera (2:19)
  16. 16 Bach Minuet in G (0:40)
  17. 17 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You) (3:32)
  18. 18 A Maiden's Prayer (2:16)
  19. 19 Bonaparte's Retreat (2:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mom and Dad's Waltz (3:03)
  2. 2 Look What Thoughts Will Do (2:44)
  3. 3 I Love You a Thousand Ways (3:00)
  4. 4 Always Late (With Your Kisses) (2:25)
  5. 5 I Want to Be with You Always (2:40)
  6. 6 She Gone, Gone, Gone (2:31)
  7. 7 A Little Unfair (3:43)
  8. 8 I Never Go Around Mirrors (2:35)
  9. 9 That's the Way Love Goes (3:10)
  10. 10 Railroad Lady (2:40)
  11. 11 If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time (4:12)
  12. 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
Al 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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