Willie and Family Live [Expanded]

Willie and Family Live [Expanded]

by Willie Nelson


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Originally released in 1978 as a double-vinyl album, Willie and Family Live finally makes it to CD with a couple of previously unreleased bonus tracks. Those familiar with Nelson's live shows will hear the basic template of his current concert repertoire -- "Whiskey River," "Crazy," "Night Life," "Stay a Little Longer," "Funny how Time Slips Away," "Good Hearted Woman," "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," et al. -- and some other chestnuts that have since been supplanted by newer tunes. The family here includes sister Bobbie Nelson on honky-tonk piano, Paul English on drums, Jody Payne on guitar, Chris Ethridge on bass, and the formidable Mickey Raphael on harmonica. So Nelson's right at home as he settles into an eclectic mode he's never left. He tips his hat to pioneers and legends: Bob Wills, via "Stay a Little Longer," A. P. Carter, via a moving "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," Lester Flatt via "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms," Hoagy Carmichael, via "Georgia on My Mind." He also honors gifted contemporary tunesmiths, such as Rodney Crowell (a shattering take on "Till I Gain Control Again," with Emmylou Harris singing backup; the song reappears in another arrangement as a bonus track) and Leon Russell ("A Song for You"), and of course spotlights his own classic canon. The special treats here include a powerful medley of a half-dozen songs from Willie's monumental Red Headed Stranger album and a spirited Johnny Paycheck performance of "Take This Job and Shove It," with Raphael blowing some mean harmonica along the way. Willie and Family Live is a vivid portrait of an adventurous, indefatigable troupe back in the day, and, excepting a few particulars, a calling card announcing what this merry band can do on any given night in the here and now.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998926028
catalogNumber: 89260
Rank: 52588

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Johnny Paycheck   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Paul English   Drums
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Rex Ludwick   Drums
Jody Payne   Guitar
Bee Spears   Bass
Bobbie Nelson   Piano

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer,Producer
Mike Garvey   Engineer
Gregg Geller   Reissue Producer
Mark Haynes   Engineer
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Gerard Huerta   Logo
Bonnie Schiffman   Cover Photo
M. Christian   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Tom Walsh   Engineer
Linda Chang   Packaging Manager
Rick Petreycik   Liner Notes
Jim Beck   Composer
J. B. Shinn   Composer
L. Clayton   Composer

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