Willie Nelson CDs

Posted on: 09 May 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Willie Nelson turns 75 this year and to celebrate we have CDs to give away.

Willie Nelson is one of the most recognisable superstars of country music. The singer/songwriter/actor/activist is widely recognised as an American icon, although his distinctive music and other social and political activities sometimes take a backseat to his pop-culture public image - firmly grounded in the acknowledged reality of his life.


We have a One Hell Of A Ride box set and 10 Legend - The Best Of CDs to give away!

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He marked his 75th birthday on 30th April 2008, and the celebrations include a career-spanning box set, One Hell Of A Ride, and a CD, Legend - The Best Of Willie Nelson.

The ultimate retrospective of the Outlaw Country godfather's best-loved and most important recordings from 1954-2007, including a whopping 100 songs, One Hell Of A Ride covers all phases of Nelson's 50-plus years of barrier-breaking pop and country music. The monumental 4 CD set makes available, for the first time in any collection, recordings and performances drawn from the entire range, and all record labels, of Willie Nelson's mythic career.

Willie Nelson - One Hell Of A RideThe box set includes rare early recordings, including When I've Sang My Last Hillbilly Song, recorded late 1954/early 1955 at KBOP Studio in Pleasanton, Texas, and No Place For Me, recorded in 1957 in Portland, Oregon, for Willie Nelson Records.

Also featured are Willie's own early 1960s performances of Night Life, Funny How Time Slips Away and Crazy, the much-covered songs that broke down the walls between Tin Pan Alley and country music, and his mid-1960s recordings for RCA Victor when he forged his own signature blend of country-rock with currents of jazz, swing and deep folk influences.

There are his 1970s invention of "outlaw country" with the multi-platinum country/pop crossover blockbuster Red Headed Stranger; his historic collaborations with Waylon Jennings, Chet Atkins, Roger Miller, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Julio Iglesias, and many more; and a generous selection of Willie's classic covers including his signature interpretations of Fred Neil's Everybody's Talkin, Fred Rose's Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain, Townes Van Zandt's Pancho & Lefty, Hoagy Carmichael's Stardust and Georgia On My Mind, and others.

The box set includes revelatory liner notes by Joe Nick Patoski, who has written about Willie Nelson over the past thirty five years for many US publications and his biography, Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, is published later this year.

In addition to One Hell Of A Ride, released on Columbia/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Legacy Recordings will celebrate Willie's 75th with a single CD Legend - The Best Of Willie Nelson, released on Sony BMG.

Nelson's albums have sold millions. Stardust, his 1978 cover collection of the pop hits of his youth, exceeds 5 million in sales, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Three others have sold 4 million copies each, along with two double-platinum albums and nine platinum albums.

Many of Nelson's songs became hits for some of country and pop music's biggest stars of the time. These songs include Funny How Time Slips Away (Billy Walker), Hello Walls (Faron Young), and most famously, Crazy (Patsy Cline).

All of these songs, and many more, feature on this new collection. The special 20 track Best Of CD is released at the same time as he returns for UK tour dates.

UK Tour Dates

Tuesday 6th May - Aberdeen Music Hall 

Wednesday 7th May - Dundee Caird Hall 

Thursday 8th May - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 

Friday 9th May - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 

Sunday 11th May - Manchester Apollo 

Monday 12th May - Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Tuesday 13th May - London Hammersmith Apollo

Web Links

You can purchase Willie Nelson's CDs from all good record stores, or online at Amazon:

One Hell Of A Ride - £28.99

Legend - The Best Of - £9.99

Willie Nelson's official website: www.willienelson.com

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