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I got a scratached to fuck Willie Nelson record....i want to know if I'm missing any gems....FWIW..."Funny how time slips away"

Michael Bourke, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I went to see him last month in Edinburgh, most enjoyable

leigh, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"funny how time..." 'd be my OPO pick too prob. - hard call tho - he's great, get pretty much any of his records, even the weaker ones have much good stuff.

unknown or illegal user, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Stardust.

I forget the date (late 70's--early 80's). Warhorse standards (Sunny Side of the Street, Georgia On My Mind, Don't Get Around Much Anymore etc.) that he completely ownz, produced/backed by Booker T (& some other MG's, I think). Dock it points for not having any Willie compositions on it, or maybe cheez factor, but there's nary a misstep. A sentimental but canny American pop document.

(plus my dad had a tape of it in the car when I was wee...)

GCannon, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

what GCannon said. his voice = some kind of levitation trick!

Tracer hand, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

A jillion great songs and we all pick "Funny How Time Slips Away." But "Nightlife" and "Crazy" are also Classic with a capC. But "Funny.." is my fave. I was in pain watching Dave Matthews cover this song on that recent TV special.

Aaron, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I've been on a big Willie kick lately - without delving too much into his 80s albums, I've yet to get one I didn't like. If pressed, I'd say the best is "Red Headed Stranger", or maybe "Shotgun Willie". Also check: "The Troublemaker", anything live (he and his regular backing band are fantastic), "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Bloody Merry Morning", "Family Bible", "Stardust".

Shaky Mo Collier, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

My dad was a fan and still is, grew up with him, though I know him more by the individual songs than the albums. There's something about his conversational/heartfelt blend that is very comfortable for me.

To remove Dave Matthews fears, listen to the grand and good cover by Chris and Carla.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"blue eyes cryin in the rain" off the wonderful "Red headed stranger" long player dontchaknow.

jp

john-paul, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

re: "Funny How Time Splips Away," the first time I listened to the lyrics and realized how sarcastic and spiteful a song this was, I was shocked because I thought the Revenge Fantasy was a ROCK thing, not a country thing. But as I delved into more (good, older) country, this theme is not uncommon. anyhoo.

Aaron A., Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Didn't Willie write "Hello walls", "Crazy" and "Funny how time slips away" in one week? That's incredible.

Michael Bourke, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I don't think he wrote all those songs in one week. I just finished a really good autobio of his (not the latest one) and he refers to those songs being published and recorded at different times, no legendary "week of creativity" or anything like that. ALthough he claims he was writing hundreds and hundreds of songs through the 50s and 60s.

Shaky Mo Collier, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

'nother song by him i like piles is his version of "bring me sunshine" , yeah you know the song morecombe & wise useta use as their outro theme.

unknown or illegal user, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I have more tracks by Willie Nelson than anyone else (he's been making records for what, 45 years, and there aren't many rubbish ones) so this is extremely hard. Oddly, I think I'm going for one written by Kris Kristofferson, Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down. "I stumbled to my closet for my clothes and found my cleanest dirty shirt / The beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad so I had one more for dessert" - more convincing rock 'n' roll lifestyle in this song about a quiet, lonely Sunday morning than most heavy metal albums.

Martin Skidmore, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

YES!! Sunday Morning Coming Down is beautiful - I think that was the first song I heard of his where I really was struck by it and realized maybe here was someone I should take seriously. Up until then I only a little-kid's perspective on him, remembering hearing On the Road Again when "Honeysuckle Rose" had just come out when I was a young 'un...

Shaky Mo Collier, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Pretty fond of "Angel Flyin' Too Close to the Ground," myself, but there are just so many great ones with Ol' Willie.

John Darnielle, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

agreed. he's masterful on just about every level--especially as a guitar player. (if you ever see Night & Day, an all- instrumental album he made, grab it and don't let go; you won't regret it.) my ignorant OOP: "Always on My Mind," because he totally OWNS the fucker, and accomplishes the rather amazing feat of making the jerk narrating it actually sound like someone you'd wanna go have a beer with.

M Matos, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Ack. Beat me to it. The Elvis version is, of course, godlike, but Willie's is even better. I was gutted to learn that "My heart will go on" had replaced "Always on my mind" as the number 1 song chosen to be played at co-op funerals...

Jacob, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Hands On the Wheel" off Red Headed Stranger. totally adore that album, don't have any others. what'd be best for me to pick up next?

al, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

three years pass...
"The song To All The Girls I've Loved Before was actually not written for all the girls I've loved before. It was written for all of them except one, Sue Ginsberg. I told her I loved her, but I really didn't. She was nice and all that, but she was a total rebound. She had this really weird body."

gear (gear), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 08:46 (sixteen years ago) link

"Undo the Right"

Mike Dixn (Mike Dixon), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 09:02 (sixteen years ago) link

"Shotgun Willie" or "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)" ... that whole album is solid though.

TRG (TRG), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 12:50 (sixteen years ago) link

"I Never Cared For You" or "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time" are godlike.

John Justen (johnjusten), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 18:48 (sixteen years ago) link

i wld like to hear him doing 'bring me sunshine'

i miss doorag :-(

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 20:38 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...

The new box set is unstoppably great.

kenan, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:03 (fourteen years ago) link

"Always On My Mind"

Dom Passantino, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Funny, I was thinking of that exact song when I went to get the box.

kenan, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:07 (fourteen years ago) link

But I have to go with "Me and Paul"

kenan, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Does anyone have (and maybe want to share) a copy of the album Teatro? I think my ex kind of absorbed my copy.

kenan, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:14 (fourteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...

I swear I saw a video of Willie Nelson doing a heartbreaking acoustic 'I Will Always Love You' sometime somewhere, but since haven't even been able to find evidence of its existence. Anyone?

Ralph, Waldo, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Merdeyeux), Friday, 1 May 2009 23:37 (thirteen years ago) link

any chance it was 'you are always on my mind'? i know he's done loads of medlies with dolly parton, but can't recall 'i will always love you' off the top of my head.

Old Big 'OOS (AKA the Cupwinner) (darraghmac), Friday, 1 May 2009 23:43 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah it probably was. I've just convinced myself that it was 'I Will Always Love You' so much that I can't help but feel the need to hear a song that doesn't exist.

Ralph, Waldo, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Merdeyeux), Friday, 1 May 2009 23:57 (thirteen years ago) link

nine months pass...

really feeling his version of "a song for you" (at the end of the incredible "shotgun willie" lp) these days.

what a weird trajectory. early on he was just a songwriter, then he was that songwriter with the sort of reedy voice who wanted a solo career. then he had the biggest solo career in country music. then he stopped writing songs and became almost exclusively an interpretive singer. now he's pushing 80 and his voice is as strong as ever. wtf.

by the way this guy must have more albums, full stop, as any major american musician working. 60? 70? more?

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:06 (twelve years ago) link

also this may just be that he's good at projecting his persona, but is there a musician you'd rather hang out with than willie nelson? he just seems like a bro.

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:10 (twelve years ago) link

been into "can i sleep in your arms" a lot lately.

Joint Custody (ian), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:12 (twelve years ago) link

i'm terrified by the vastness of Willie's catalog btw.

Joint Custody (ian), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:12 (twelve years ago) link

love this guy. 70s catalog is deep and amazing

The Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:20 (twelve years ago) link

been into "can i sleep in your arms" a lot lately.

yeah, that's a good one.

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:28 (twelve years ago) link

Phosphorescent did a tribute album To Willie last year. I particularly like their covers of Can I Sleep In Your Arms & Reasons To Quit.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 07:00 (twelve years ago) link

"Scarlet Ribbons" "Sad Songs and Waltzes"

lukevalentine, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 07:25 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, also no one has mentioned "Pancho and Lefty"

lukevalentine, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 07:26 (twelve years ago) link

love this video of all the old country fellows (let's see... Porter, Mickey Gilley, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Bare) watching Willie play this one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZaZqx9v3dU

god country used to be great

lukevalentine, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 09:50 (twelve years ago) link

& here is a posthumous duet by Hank Williams & Willie Nelson

from the album "Half Nelson"

feat. a solo by Willie

amazingly, their styles blend very well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1FLXEb8KKM

holy shit

lukevalentine, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 09:53 (twelve years ago) link

fwiw the original television version of "edge of darkness" prominently features "time of the preacher" from red-headed stranger, and joe don baker even sings along with it at one point

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 12:50 (twelve years ago) link

Pancho & Lefty of course was a Townes Van Zandt track originally. My fave version might be the Emmylou Harris tbh.

Joint Custody (ian), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 19:46 (twelve years ago) link

Emmylou Harris is interviewed in that TVZ documentary, and frankly she doesn't come off terribly well. She refers to P&L as "my song" and said she was a little chagrined that Willie and Merle had a hit with it. She doesn't really seem to acknowledge any irony.

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 21:17 (twelve years ago) link

kinda shocking to hear a country music singer be so posessive, esp of a song she didn't write

The Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 21:19 (twelve years ago) link

and about 1,000 people recorded it in the interim

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Wednesday, 3 February 2010 00:00 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

been into "can i sleep in your arms" a lot lately.

"Hands on the Wheel" makes me cry, and I'm not ashamed to say so.

Jack Human (kenan), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 06:27 (twelve years ago) link

Didn't Willie write "Hello walls", "Crazy" and "Funny how time slips away" in one week? That's incredible.

He says he wrote "Crazy", "Night Life", and "Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away" in one week.

http://www.digitalinterviews.com/digitalinterviews/views/nelsonw.shtml

DI: Once you first got to Nashville, you put out some all-time classics.

WN: I was working in Houston in fact, living over in Pasadena -- driving all the way from Hempstead Highway back over to Pasadena every night. I wrote songs on the way, back and forth. In one week over there, I wrote “Crazy,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Night Life.” So, when I went to Nashville, I had those ready to go. It was a good week.

Best week ever, more like it.

Jack Human (kenan), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 06:34 (twelve years ago) link

Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie's December Day, the first installment of the Willie's Stash archival recordings series, on Tuesday, December 2.

An eclectic album collaboration from outlaw country legend Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Nelson, December Day debuts intimate new recordings of the siblings performing 18 songs they love.

Not sure how this is an archival recording and new recordings at the same time. Bummer, cause I thought it would be like Dylan's bootleg series or Neil Young's performance series. Willie must have a lot of that stuff, right? Although he did release a ton of stuff throughout his career so maybe not?

mizzell, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:41 (seven years ago) link

haha, yeah that is confusing.

tylerw, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:43 (seven years ago) link

they are new to us!

willie doesn't have the best quality control, I can't imagine he has a ton of great stuff still in the vault. he releases like five albums a year.

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:53 (seven years ago) link

of course, dylan left some of his best stuff of the 70s-00s off of his official albums, so who knows.

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link

friend of mine just posted a pic on fb with willie at austin/bergstrom

you fuck one chud... (stevie), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:35 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Saw Willie last night with my parents, on Willie Nelson Blvd no less. Willie was lovable and had an endless supply of bandanas and the largest Texas flag ever. Sister Bobbie got a couple nice spotlight songs where she transformed a grand piano into a pleasingly plinky saloon upright. Willie's harmonica player was probably the standout in the band. At the end of the show, Willie signed posters and other merch for nearly everyone in the audience. My only complaint is that there were several moments during the show where Willie appeared to be auditioning for his very own "Willie Shreds" youtube.

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:41 (seven years ago) link

:/

red headed stranger is great but a little silly in parts no? and the narrative conceit doesn't work for me

dead to me

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:20 (seven years ago) link

^^^

marcos, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:21 (seven years ago) link

Impossible.

The Willie/Kacey/I don't recall tour is among the shows I most regret missing in 2014, several others of which were profiled in the Times yesterday.

Banned on the Run (benbbag), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 22:33 (seven years ago) link

Comments from my Nashville Scene ballot (the annual reviewer round-up etc)

Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie, December Day: Non-Xmas, but seasonal in the winter light, seasoned sense(s). Flexing ivories, geetar darts, lyrical & blunt.
He seems a little short-winded at first, but vocal levels shift as needed: he's scrawny, full-bodied, nasal, well-rounded, etc. Ivories are also flexible, while the geetar darts, jabs, practices Djangology (he said recently he'd been taking lessons in that, but sounds the same). She contours and solos too, given more space than usual (though also check last year's Let's Face The Music and Dance)(not to mention her own ‘07 Audiography).
Each track lives in its own story, its own moment.

Willie Nelson’s Band of Brothers does incl. some good songs: the title track is disgruntled, almost a kind of anti-anthem: “We’re all a band of brothers, and sisters, or whut-ever,” also setting the record straight: “I love you and you love me, but you cain’t tell me what to do,” here that, entourage? But their charm is affected by the querulous ol' context (c'mon Willie, you're gonna give us geezers an even worse name). Mostly, or too often, It’s a cranky rich man’s breakup album, sometimes addressed to wimmin who just cain’t take a hint, although the waltz where he compares one of ‘em to infectious, persistent diseases could make for an effective, plausibly candid flashback (via the Woman’s A-Side or Man’s B-Side) on the otherwise maturely dealing-with-it Phases and Stages. Like Blood On The Tracks’ “Idiot Wind,” but Willie’s note is from a suavely succinct poison pen. Cover of Billy Joe Shaver’s “Hard To Be An Outlaw” just sounds like another dumb complaint from the majestic bus (which he’s said he sometimes stays in even when he’s “home.”) But “The Songwriters, “ one of the few he didn’t write, does infectiously celebrate his well-earned privilege and power.

dow, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 23:43 (seven years ago) link

Shoulda acraped off scraped off the second sentence (first & sec orig. a tweet), since I repeated and elaborated on it, sorry.

dow, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 23:49 (seven years ago) link

Should not try to cut and paste on tinyass phones, either; sorry again

dow, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 23:50 (seven years ago) link

whenever i think to check in on willie nelson he's released like 18 more albums!

i've come around on red headed stranger... i never /disliked/ the album, i like it a lot, i guess the narrative aspects of it never "did it" for me. but i should listen harder.

I dunno. (amateurist), Thursday, 1 January 2015 03:36 (seven years ago) link

Wonder if he has recorded as many as Tito Puente yet?

Pigbag Wanderer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 1 January 2015 04:27 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

Willie on Austin City Limits in 1974. Just a fantastic show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VQsexJuiTI

that's not my post, Sunday, 4 June 2017 06:07 (five years ago) link

So many good songs and performances

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 June 2017 02:28 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

what are we gonna do when he dies

mookieproof, Sunday, 17 December 2017 01:17 (four years ago) link

Post on ILM.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 December 2017 01:37 (four years ago) link

i suppose so

mookieproof, Sunday, 17 December 2017 01:44 (four years ago) link

mourn how time slips away

estela, Sunday, 17 December 2017 07:03 (four years ago) link

STARDUST must be the best LP you can pick up in any dollar bin

Simon H., Sunday, 17 December 2017 07:51 (four years ago) link

he seems to release a good record every year

niels, Sunday, 17 December 2017 10:06 (four years ago) link

eight months pass...

saw him perform in toronto on sunday, voice is still p good

johnny crunch, Friday, 14 September 2018 02:52 (three years ago) link

that's so cool! would love to see him, but doubt he tours Europe

niels, Friday, 14 September 2018 05:59 (three years ago) link

His Sinatra covers album is kind of fun, if completely inessential.

canary christ (stevie), Friday, 14 September 2018 06:32 (three years ago) link

xxp I was at that Toronto show too. It was a little troubling when he played 'Jambalaya' twice within three songs of each other though.

δερβισης, Friday, 14 September 2018 14:57 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

My only complaint is that there were several moments during the show where Willie appeared to be auditioning for his very own "Willie Shreds" youtube

He's on ACL rn, and his playing--similar to that description--is kind of cool: Jazz licks banging into acoustic skronk.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 22 September 2019 04:51 (two years ago) link

Exactly. Cowboy Django Sharrock, pickin' on the world's ugliest guitar, named for a dead horse. I love it.

dow, Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:20 (two years ago) link

Can I interest you guys in jazz vocalists Gabrielle Stravelli’s Willie Nelson covers project, Pick Up My Pieces? She is a great singer who can sing anything and this project was a labor of love for her, she really is a fan and knows a lot about him. I just thought he because I can hear her voice in my head talking about “Trigger.”

Our Borad Could Be Your Trife (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:36 (two years ago) link

Vocalists

Our Borad Could Be Your Trife (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:41 (two years ago) link

Thought about her

Our Borad Could Be Your Trife (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:45 (two years ago) link

Never mind

Our Borad Could Be Your Trife (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 September 2019 22:00 (two years ago) link

Can I interest you guys in jazz vocalists Gabrielle Stravelli’s Willie Nelson covers project, /Pick Up My Pieces/?I

NOPE

calstars, Sunday, 22 September 2019 22:02 (two years ago) link

So I figured

Our Borad Could Be Your Trife (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 September 2019 22:02 (two years ago) link

yes you can

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 22 September 2019 22:20 (two years ago) link

My only complaint is that there were several moments during the show where Willie appeared to be auditioning for his very own "Willie Shreds" youtube

He's on ACL rn, and his playing--similar to that description--is kind of cool: Jazz licks banging into acoustic skronk.

I feel like people that complain about Willie's guitar playing at his live shows have never actually heard a Willie Nelson record

Οὖτις, Monday, 23 September 2019 15:13 (two years ago) link

he has *always* had this inscrutable, off-kilter, jazzy phrasing. he constantly pushes ahead of or plays behind the beat, snaps the strings really hard, throws in weird runs and unusual chord voicings. Now that his voice is mostly shot (or, at least, he doesn't have as much lung power as he used to) it's remarkable that his guitar playing is still as great as it ever was.

Οὖτις, Monday, 23 September 2019 15:16 (two years ago) link

his guitar playing was my favourite thing about the wonderful show I saw him play six or so years ago

SHANTY the golden fish portion (stevie), Monday, 23 September 2019 15:25 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

how does this dude have yet another new album coming out?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ticn0QrQwc

he's released like ten studio albums since Daft Punk released Random Access Memories.

omar little, Sunday, 1 March 2020 19:38 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

I am listening to Country Willie (1975). Allmusic says "While not a bad record, there is really nothing here to recommend it."

If this is weak Willie, I'll take it all.

ergonomic cher (P. Flick), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 20:51 (one year ago) link

^Trigger Warning

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 20:52 (one year ago) link

Have been listening to Yesterday's Wine a lot this year and its been sounding like a masterpiece

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:19 (one year ago) link

First Rose of Spring is mostly really good, up to his usual standard. Also got new book coming out, w Sister Bobbie: a joint autobio.

dow, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 17:56 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Sad news: Bobbie has passed.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/bobbie-nelson-willie-nelson-family-band-dead-obit-1319861/

Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 March 2022 05:12 (five months ago) link

reading this now: really good alternating chapters of each sib's POV of situations, phases and stages, concise and vivid:
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/wp-content/uploads/Lukas-Nelson-2-1024x647.jpg

dow, Monday, 14 March 2022 03:24 (five months ago) link

Tribute on Willie's Instagram too.https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/03/11/willie-nelson-shares-memorial-post-for-late-sister-piano-player-bobbie-nelson/

And as I said on Rolling Country, before I got the book:
Good on Bobbie: knew about her husband's band, which incl. her & Wille, but not the aftermath, ongoing consequences; also, I've got her rollin' Audiobiography (Willie and Johnny Bush show up some), and one of the duet sets w W, the remarkable December Day, but will have to check their earlier albums mentioned here, also still need the joint memoir:
https://www.npr.org/2022/03/11/1086000679/bobbie-nelson-a-country-music-pioneer-and-willie-nelsons-sister-dies-at-age-91

dow, Monday, 14 March 2022 03:31 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

How have I never heard the words don’t fit the picture. What a stunning album

Heez, Saturday, 6 August 2022 02:40 (one week ago) link

One thing I didn't get to during lockdown was listening to all 100+ (150?) Willie Nelson albums in chronological order. Some are much better than others, but it's possible every single one has something to recommend, which is pretty ridiculous.

birdistheword, Saturday, 6 August 2022 17:53 (one week ago) link

What are your favorites so far?

dow, Saturday, 6 August 2022 19:46 (one week ago) link

Phases and Stages and Spirit are probably my two favorites. Also the compilation Nite Life: Greatest Hits and Rare Tracks (1959-1971) - I still need to give the early albums another listen, especially ...And Then I Wrote, but Nite Life was how I first got introduced to that era. And that massive run in the '70s is amazing, beginning with Yesterday's Wine (which Nite Life touched on) all the way through Stardust.

Besides Spirit, later stuff is often interesting, like Across the Borderline (surprising guest stars galore), the Lanois album, and his most recent stuff too, which I didn't start exploring until I caught his two more recent shows in NYC.

birdistheword, Saturday, 6 August 2022 20:43 (one week ago) link


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