Yesterday's Wine

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All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
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: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972392721
  • Catalog Number: 723927
  • Sales rank: 33,661

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Al Pachucki Engineer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Vic Anesini Mastering
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Cynthia S. Kinney Redesign
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