Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson
Ranked 184/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Following the brilliant Phases And Stages, Willie's debut for Columbia is a brilliant concept album (nearly unheard of in country music) based around the song and story of the "Red Headed Stranger." Although the song had been previously recorded by Eddy Arnold, it was Willie who would take the song to a much higher level by putting together an entire cycle of songs based around the tragic story of the Red Headed Stranger. Nelson's album is a stunning mix of original and classic songs. Among the highlights are his heartfelt interpretations of "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain," "Time Of The Preacher" and "Can I Sleep In Your Arms" by the prolific songwriter Hank Cochran. Red Headed Stranger also features Willie's Family, his band, featuring his sister Bobbie (piano), Jody Payne (guitar, mandolin), the impeccable harmonica of Mickey Raphael and the ever-flawless Billy English on drums. The sound of the new Impex 180-gram LP, cut from the original analog master tapes by George Marino at Sterling Mastering, will become the new reference for clarity, realism and, above all, duplicating the inimitable sound of Willie's incredible singing voice.
1. Time of the Preacher
2. I Couldn't Believe It Was True
3. Time of the Preacher Theme
4. Medley: Blue Rock Montana/Red Headed Stranger
5. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
6. Red Headed Stranger
7. Time of the Preacher Theme
8. Just as I Am
10. O'er the Waves
11. Down Yonder
12. Can I Sleep in Your Arms
13. Remember Me (When the Candle Lights Are Gleaming)
14. Hands on the Wheel
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