Yesterday's Wine

Yesterday's Wine

by Willie Nelson
     
 

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Though mid-'70s albums like Shotgun Willie and Red Headed Stranger are often held up as the finest examples of Willie Nelson's album craft (showcasing the country legend exploring his chosen theme over the course of records that played like unified song suites), Yesterday's Wine, their 1971 predecessor, should also take its rightful place among…  See more details below

Overview

Though mid-'70s albums like Shotgun Willie and Red Headed Stranger are often held up as the finest examples of Willie Nelson's album craft (showcasing the country legend exploring his chosen theme over the course of records that played like unified song suites), Yesterday's Wine, their 1971 predecessor, should also take its rightful place among his best-loved works. A series of meditations on God, love, and aging, these songs are fragmented reflections on the life of Nelson's "imperfect man" as he approaches death. Though the story isn't as tightly constructed as that of Red Headed Stranger, this fact lends Yesterday's Wine a feeling of malleability that adds to its power. At the album's heart are "Summer of Roses," "December Day," and the title track -- songs that detail a sense of longing and loss with the changing seasons mirroring the narrator's own life. Throughout, the outlaw subtext Nelson would become associated with a few years later is replaced by an underlying religious faith. While there may not be any songs here of the same caliber as "Whiskey River" (Shotgun Willie) or "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" (Red Headed Stranger), many of the numbers stand on their own, outside the album context. "Family Bible," "Me and Paul," and the title track are all particularly fine examples of Nelson's songcraft. As a whole, Yesterday's Wine provides further insight into the development of his art during this prolific period.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972392721
catalogNumber:
723927
Rank:
35960

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Jerry Smith   Piano
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Chip Young   Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Dave Kirby   Guitar
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Organ,Piano
Jerry Stembridge   Guitar
Bobby Thompson   Banjo
Dave Zettner   Guitar
Herman Wade   Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Jerry Lee Smith   Piano
William Paul Ackerman   Drums

Technical Credits

Claude Gray   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Pachucki   Engineer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Rob Santos   Reissue Producer
Cynthia S. Kinney   Redesign

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