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Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger (1975/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger (1975/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Willie Nelson
Title: Red Headed Stranger
Genre: Country, Progressive Country, Traditional Country
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1975/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 33:55
Recorded: January 1975, Autumn Sound Studios, Garland, Texas

Red Headed Stranger was a blockbuster among both country music and mainstream audiences, going multi-platinum and making Nelson one of the biggest stars in country. The album’s title would become a lasting nickname for Nelson. The album was ranked #184 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was ranked #1 on CMT’s 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music in 2006.

Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger perhaps is the strangest blockbuster country produced, a concept album about a preacher on the run after murdering his departed wife and her new lover, told entirely with brief song-poems and utterly minimal backing. It's defiantly anticommercial and it demands intense concentration -- all reasons why nobody thought it would be a hit, a story related in Chet Flippo's liner notes to the 2000 reissue. It was a phenomenal blockbuster, though, selling millions of copies, establishing Nelson as a superstar recording artist in its own right. For all its success, it still remains a prickly, difficult album, though, making the interspersed concept of Phases and Stages sound shiny in comparison. It's difficult because it's old-fashioned, sounding like a tale told around a cowboy campfire. Now, this all reads well on paper, and there's much to admire in Nelson's intimate gamble, but it's really elusive, as the themes get a little muddled and the tunes themselves are a bit bare. It's undoubtedly distinctive -- and it sounds more distinctive with each passing year -- but it's strictly an intellectual triumph and, after a pair of albums that were musically and intellectually sound, it's a bit of a letdown, no matter how successful it was. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. Time of the Preacher 02:26
2. I Couldn't Believe It Was True 01:32
3. Time of the Preacher Theme 01:13
4. Medley: Blue Rock Montana / Red Headed Stranger 01:35
5. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain 02:18
6. Red Headed Stranger 03:59
7. Time of the Preacher Theme 00:27
8. Just as I Am 01:46
9. Denver 00:53
10. O'er the Waves 00:47
11. Down Yonder 01:53
12. Can I Sleep in Your Arms 05:21
13. Remember Me (When the Candle Lights Are Gleaming) 02:50
14. Hands on the Wheel 04:21
15. Bandera 02:16

Willie Nelson – vocals, guitar
Paul English – drums
Jody Payne – guitars, mandolin
Bee Spears – bass
Bobbie Nelson – piano
Mickey Raphael – harmonica
Bucky Meadows – guitar
Billy English – drums

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