Phases & Stages Willie Nelson

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  • 1Phases And Stages (Theme)/Washing The Dishes01:42
  • 2Phases And Stages (Theme)/Walkin'04:07
  • 3Pretend I Never Happened03:01
  • 4Sister's Coming Home/Down At The Corner Beer Joint03:47
  • 5(How Will I Know) I'm Falling In Love Again03:26
  • 6Bloody Mary Morning02:49
  • 7Phases And Stages (Theme)/No Love Around02:25
  • 8I Still Can't Believe You're Gone04:17
  • 9It's Not Supposed To Be That Way03:29
  • 10Heaven And Hell01:54
  • 11Phases And Stages (Theme)/Pick Up The Tempo/Phases And Stages (Theme)03:27
  • Total Runtime34:24

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Willie Nelson spent the first two decades of his career in Nashville, unsuccessfully chasing success as a mainstream performer. Frustrated, he returned to his home in Texas, where it dawned on him that there might be an audience for country music among the South's many young 'longhairs,' whom Nashville disdained. Nelson started playing Texas rock clubs and was pleasantly surprised to find that he was correct: Texas kids were hungry for country music. Nelson set about fashioning a style suited to his new audience, one that embraced such elements of rock and roll as long instrumental jams and 'concept' albums.

During this period Willie recorded three albums that set the tone for the 'outlaw' country movement he would soon spearhead: „Shotgun Willie“, „Trouble Maker“ and „Phase And Stages“, which is the first of many albums on which Willie strings songs together to tell a single story. The first half of „Phase And Stages“ recounts a break-up from the woman's point of view; the second half tells the same story, but from the man's perspective. Among the many outstanding tracks on this classic album are 'Sister's Coming Home,' 'I Still Can't Believe You're Gone,' and 'Pretend I Never Happened.'

Willie Nelson, vocals, acoustic guitar
Fred Carter Jr., acoustic guitars, dobro
John Hughey, pedal steel guitar
Eric Weissberg, banjo
Johnny Gimble, fiddle, mandolin
Al Lester, fiddle
Barry Beckett, keyboards
David Hood, bass
Roger Hawkins, drums
Jeannie Greene, background vocals
Pete Carr, background vocals
George Soule, background vocals

Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound, Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Remixed at Criteria Studios, Miami Beach

Digitally remastered

Willie Nelson
With a six-decade career and a catalog of more than 200 albums to his credit, the iconic Texas singer-songwriter Willie Nelsonhas earned a permanent position in pop music’s pantheon with songs combining the sophistication of Tin Pan Alley with the rough-and-tumble grit and emotional honesty of country music. He brought pop and country together on the radio in the early 1960s with unforgettable songs like “Crazy” (Patsy Cline), “Hello Walls” (Faron Young), “Funny How Time Slips Away” (Billy Walker), “Night Life” (Ray Price) and others and, by the mid-1970s, had become a superstar in his own right as a prime mover of a revolutionary and thriving outlaw country music scene. The Red Headed Stranger, Willie’s first album for Columbia Records in 1975, catapulted the artist to the front ranks of popularity, making his a name familiar in country and city households across America and around-the-world.

A seven-time Grammy Award winner, Willie Nelson has received numerous accolades including American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and others. He is a co-founder of Farm Aid, an annual series of fundraising events which began as an all-star benefit concert in 1985 to raise money for American family farmers. He continues to lobby against horse slaughter and produces his own blend of biodiesel fuel. An old-school road-dog troubadour with new school wheels, Willie plays concerts year-round, tirelessly touring on Honeysuckle Rose III (he rode his first two buses into the ground), taking his music and fans to places that are always worth the ride.

The very first musician to perform on the premiere episode of Austin City Limits in 1974, Willie Nelson was inducted into the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame by fellow Texan Matthew McConaughey on Saturday, April 26, 2014. “There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson,” McConaughey told the audience assembled at the University of Texas at Austin, the original home of what is now America’s longest-running televised music program.

Willie Nelson, who turned 81 on April 29/April 30, is an American original, a sublime singer, master tunesmith and outlaw country’s most enduring archetype.

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