Shotgun Willie/Phases and Stages

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although Willie Nelson's two albums for Atlantic Records -- Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages -- were among his most unsuccessful records commercially, they were groundbreaking, pivotal releases that rank among his finest and most introspective works. Musically, both albums straddle the lines between outlaw country, folk, and traditional pop -- they are innovative, introspective works that sounded unlike his previous work. Additionally, both records are concept albums, with each of the songs intertwining to tell a story. Shotgun Willie is about a legendary outlaw; Phases and Stages is about a divorce, with the first side taking the perspective of the male, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although Willie Nelson's two albums for Atlantic Records -- Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages -- were among his most unsuccessful records commercially, they were groundbreaking, pivotal releases that rank among his finest and most introspective works. Musically, both albums straddle the lines between outlaw country, folk, and traditional pop -- they are innovative, introspective works that sounded unlike his previous work. Additionally, both records are concept albums, with each of the songs intertwining to tell a story. Shotgun Willie is about a legendary outlaw; Phases and Stages is about a divorce, with the first side taking the perspective of the male, the second taking the female view point. Neither album produced big hits, but they are some of the strongest efforts Willie Nelson ever made, making this single-disc collection an excellent bargain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1993
  • Label: MOBILE FIDELITY
  • UPC: 015775158122
  • Catalog Number: 581

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Mandolin
Waylon Jennings Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
David Bromberg Electric Guitar
Doug Sahm Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Pete Carr Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Jeanie Greene Background Vocals
The Memphis Horns Horn
Augie Meyers Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Eric Weissberg Banjo
Fred Carter Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Jimmy Day Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar, Background Vocals
Larry Gatlin Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Jessi Colter Background Vocals
Jack Barber Bass
Barry Beckett Keyboards
Willie Bridges Baritone Saxophone
Steve Burgh Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul English Drums
Jeff Gutcheon Organ, Electric Piano
Jack Hale Trombone
Roger Hawkins Drums
David Hood Bass
John Hughey Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Red Lane Acoustic Guitar
Al Lester Fiddle
Andrew Love Tenor Saxophone
Hugh McDonald Bass
James Mitchell Baritone Saxophone
Steve Mosley Drums, Snare Drums
George Rains Drums
George Soulé Background Vocals
Dan Spears Bass
Bobbie Nelson Piano
Dee Moeller Background Vocals
Fred Carter Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Tom Mitchell Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Liner Notes
Donny Hathaway String Arrangements
Leon Russell Composer
Tom Dowd Remixing
Steve Ham Engineer
Stan Hutto Engineer
Mike Lewis Horn Arrangements
Arif Mardin Producer, String Arrangements
Steve Melton Engineer
Gene Paul Engineer
Knox Phillips Engineer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Jerry Masers Engineer
David Briggs Producer
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