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Willie Nelson - Shotgun Willie (2LP, 50th Anniversary, Deluxe Edition, Reissue, 140 gram)

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Shotgun Willie is the 16th studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, released on June 11, 1973. The recording marks a change of style for Nelson, who later stated that the album "cleared his throat". When Nelson refused to sign an early extension of his contract with RCA Records in 1972, the label decided not to release any further recordings. Nelson hired Neil Reshen as his manager, and while Reshen negotiated with RCA, Nelson moved to Austin, Texas, where the ongoing hippie music scene at the Armadillo World Headquarters renewed his musical style. In Nashville, Nelson met producer Jerry Wexler, vice president of Atlantic Records, who was interested in his music. Reshen solved the problems with RCA and signed Nelson with Atlantic as their first country music artist. The album was recorded in the Atlantic Records studio in New York City in February 1973. Nelson and his backup musicians, the Family, were joined by Doug Sahm and his band. After recording several tracks, Nelson was still not inspired. Following a recording session, he wrote "Shotgun Willie"—the song that would become the title track of the album—on the empty packaging of a sanitary napkin while in the bathroom of his hotel room. The album, produced mostly by Arif Mardin with assistance from Wexler and longtime Neil Young collaborator David Briggs, included covers of two Bob Wills songs—"Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)" and "Bubbles in My Beer"—that were co-produced by Wexler. Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter collaborated on the album, providing vocals and guitar. In spite of poor sales, Shotgun Willie received good reviews and gained Nelson major recognition with younger audiences. The recording was one of the first albums of outlaw country—a new subgenre of country music and an alternative to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound, the dominant style in the genre at the time.

Release Info

Artist: Willie Nelson
Label: Atlantic
Format: LP, Album, Reissue
Country: USA & Canada
Label: Atlantic
Released: 2023-11-24
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country


A1 Shotgun Willie
A2 Whiskey River
A3 Sad Songs And Waltzes
A4 Local Memory
A5 Slow Down Old World
A6 Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)
B1 Devil In A Sleepin' Bag
B2 She's Not For You
B3 Bubbles In My Beer
B4 You Look Like The Devil
B5 So Much To Do
B6 A Song For You
C1 I Gotta Have Something I Ain't Got
C2 I'm So Ashamed
C3 My Cricket And Me (Solo Version)
C4 Both Ends Of The Candle
C5 Slow Down Old World (Alternate Version)
C6 Under The Double Eagle
D1 So Much To Do (Alternate Version)
D2 My Cricket And Me (Band Version)
D3 Save Your Tears
D4 A Song For You (Alternate Version)
D5 Whiskey River (Alternate Version)
D6 I Drank All Of Our Precious Love Away

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