Willie Nelson – A Classic & Unreleased Collection [3CD Box Set] (1995)

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A series of Willie Nelson concept albums originally rejected by his record company forms the basis for a fascinating anthology. Willie Nelson: A Classic & Unreleased Collection includes Sugar Moon, an unreleased album of Western swing classics recorded with Merle Haggard’s band, the Strangers; a would-be sequel, Willie Sings Hank Williams; the likewise unreleased Willie Nelson Live at the Texas Opry House; and unissued outtakes from various sessions, early songwriting demos, plus his very first single. First offered for sale in 1994 on the home-shopping channel QVC, an expanded, annotated version has finally been made available to retail outlets. The set brings to light a treasure trove of Nelson’s unreleased work for Atlantic Records, to which Nelson was signed in 1972 by legendary R&B producer Jerry Wexler to launch a new country division. Atlantic only released two Nelson albums, but outtakes from those sessions include such highlights as a boisterous, R&B arrangement of Tillman’s “I Gotta Have Something I Ain’t Got” powered by Al Green’s Memphis Horns and a spirited sprint led by David Bromberg through the swing instrumental, “Under the Double Eagle.” The Atlantic legacy also yields the Texas Opry House performance, which would have been a landmark had the label not folded, scuttling release plans. Nelson had just entered his peak years, and he was touring with an all-star band that included fiddler Johnny Gimble, steel guitarist Jimmy Day, and harmonica whiz Mickey Raphael. Nelson is at his best on stage, and the highlight of this show was an impromptu segue from Nelson’s “Bloody Mary Morning” into Bob Wills’s “Take Me Back to Tulsa” and back again. –Geoffrey Himes


Disc 1
1. Introduction By Willie
2. No Place For Me
3. Lumberjack
4. Why Are You Picking On Me
5. The Shelter Of Your Arms
6. Moment Isn’t Very Long
7. Any Old Arms Won’t Do
8. December Day
9. Healing Hands Of Time
10. Things To Remember
11. The Face Of A Fighter
12. Suffering In Silence
13. Who Do I Know In Dallas
14. Slow Down Old World
15. I Hope So
16. I Gotta Have Something I Ain’t Got
17. I’m So Ashamed
18. My Cricket And Me
19. Both Ends Of The Candle
20. Slow Down Old World
21. Under The Double Eagle

Disc 2
1. So Much To Do
2. (How Will I Know) I’m Falling In Love Again
3. Bloody Mary Morning
4. No Love Around
5. After The Fire Is Gone
6. Whiskey River
7. Me And Paul
8. Medley: Funny How Time Slips Away/Crazy/Night Lif
9. Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)
10. Walkin’
11. Bloody Mary Morning/Take Me Back To Tulsa
12. The Party’s Over
13. Truck Drivin’ Man
14. She Thinks I Still Care
15. Good Hearted Woman
16. Sister’s Coming Home
17. Sugar Moon
18. I’m A Fool To Care
19. Rosetta
20. I’ll Sail My Ship Alone

Disc 3
1. I’ll Take What I Can Get
2. If It’s Wrong To Love You
3. Struttin’ With Some Barbeque
4. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
5. Till The End Of The World
6. I’ll Keep On Loving You
7. It Should Be Easier Now
8. Will You Remember Mine
9. Who’ll Buy My Memories
10. Jimmy’s Road
11. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
12. A House Is Not A Home
13. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
14. Why Don’t You Love Me
15. Mind Your Own Business
16. They’ll Never Take Her Love From Me
17. Move It On Over
18. Why Should We Try Anymore
19. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
20. I Saw The Light

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