The Collection: Red Headed Stranger/Stardust/Always on My Mind

The Collection: Red Headed Stranger/Stardust/Always on My Mind

by Willie Nelson



Simply put, this is another of Sony Legacy's three-pack deals. In these Collections, they place three well-known albums by a major artist in a slipcase for a budget price; that's it. In this case it happens to be three very desirable (and among the best) albums by Willie Nelson.Two of these recordings are considered artistic as well as commercial breakthroughs, and the last was a hit record that contained one of his biggest and most memorable singles. The albums included here are 1975's Red Headed Stranger, a concept recording, and while not his first -- those were Yesterday's Wine and Phases and Stages recorded for RCA a few years earlier -- was the first he issued for Columbia and was critically and commercially received outside traditional country music circles. 1982's Stardust is a multi-platinum success story, as well as a critical one -- it's the recording with which Nelson finally crossed over en masse, a recording of standards from the Great American Songbook. Finally, there's 1982's Always on My Mind, featuring the title track which became a world-wide crossover smash. Produced by Chips Moman, it also included readings of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," Gilbert Bécaud's "Let It Be Me," and Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," proving once and for all that Nelson could sing anything he chose. He hasn't looked back since, and is now an American institution. He has cut records of almost every stripe, and collaborated with renowned musicians the world over. While hardcore Willie fans will tell you to start elsewhere, this set, especially for the money, is an excellent place to start investigating his work. All three CDs are the current remastered versions as of 2009.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2009
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886975595525
catalogNumber: 755955

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Waylon Jennings   Guest Appearance
Billy Gene English   Drums
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bobby Wood   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Johnny Christopher   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bobby Emmons   Keyboards
Paul English   Drums
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Piano
Mike Leech   Bass
Bucky Meadows   Guitar
Chips Moman   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jody Payne   Guitar,Mandolin
Bee Spears   Bass
Toni Wine   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar
Rex Ludwig   Drums
Bobbie Nelson   Piano
Gary Talley   Background Vocals
Jon Marett   Saxophone
Bucky Meadows   Guitar

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Willie Nelson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Mickey Raphael   Liner Notes
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Jules Chaiken   String Conductor
David Cherry   Engineer
Susanna Clark   Cover Painting
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Pierre Delanoë   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Gregg Geller   Reissue Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Larry Greenhill   Engineer
Booker T. Jones   Arranger,Liner Notes
Chips Moman   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Alex North   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Phil York   Engineer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Chet Flippo   Liner Notes
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Beverly Parker   Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Brian Hagiwara   Cover Art
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Monica White   Cover Art
M. James   Composer
Juliana Myrick   Packaging Manager
David Greenhill   Engineer
Rick Petreycik   Liner Notes
David Cherry   Engineer
M. Anderson   Composer
J. Blackburn   Composer
G. Brooker   Composer
E. Arnold   Composer
W. Thompson   Composer
H. Cochran   Composer
C. Stutz   Composer
David Greenhill   Engineer
S. Simons   Composer
W. Fowler   Composer
M. Curtis   Composer
G. Marks   Composer
D. Ciscle   Composer
J. Segal   Composer
B. Emmons   Composer
Scott Wiseman   Composer

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