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Complete Atlantic Sessions [Original recording remastered]

Willie NelsonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Whiskey River (Remastered LP Version) 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sad Songs And Waltzes (Remastered LP Version) 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Slow Down Old World (Remastered LP Version) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer) (Remastered LP Version) 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Devil In A Sleepin' Bag (Remastered LP Version) 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Bubbles In My Beer (Remastered LP Version) 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. You Look Like The Devil (Remastered LP Version) 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. So Much To Do (Remastered LP Version) 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. A Song For You (Remastered LP Version) 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Gotta Have Something I Ain't Got (Outtake) 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. I'm So Ashamed (Outtake) 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen22. A Song For You (Alternate) 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Whiskey River (Alternate) 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. I Drank All Of Our Precious Love Away (Outtake) 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Phases And Stages (Theme)/Washing The Dishes (Remastered LP Version) 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Phases And Stages (Theme)/Walkin' (Remastered LP Version) 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Pretend I Never Happened (Remastered LP Version) 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Sister's Coming Home/Down At The Corner Beer Joint (Remastered LP Version) 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. (How Will I Know) I'm Falling In Love Again (Remastered LP Version) 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Bloody Mary Morning 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Phases And Stages (Theme)/No Love Around (Remastered LP Version) 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. I Still Can't Believe You're Gone (Remastered LP Version) 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. It's Not Supposed To Be That Way (Remastered LP Version) 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Heaven And Hell (Remastered LP Version) 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Phases And Stages (Theme)/Pick Up The Tempo/Phases And Stages (Theme) (Remastered LP Version) 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen36. Phases And Stages (Theme)/Washing The Dishes (Alternate Version) 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen37. Sister's Coming Home/Down At The Corner Beer Joint (Alternate Version) 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen39. Bloody Mary Morning (Alternate Version) 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen40. No Love Around (Alternate Version) 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen41. I Still Can't Believe You're Gone (Alternate Version) 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen42. It's Not Supposed To Be That Way (Alternate Version) 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen43. Heaven And Hell (Alternate Version/Duet Vocal) 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen44. Phases And Stages (Theme)/Pick Up The Tempo 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen45. Phases And Stages (Theme) (Alternate Version)0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen46. Whiskey River (Saturday-Set 1) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen47. Me And Paul (Saturday -Set 1) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen48. Medley: Funny How Time Slips Away/Crazy/Night Life (Sunday-Set 1) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen49. Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen50. Walkin' (Saturday-Set1) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen52. The Party's Over (Sunday Set 1) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen53. Truck Drivin' Man (Saturday - Set 1) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen54. She Thinks I Still Care (Sunday Set 1) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen55. Good Hearted Woman (Sunday Set 2) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen56. Sister's Comin' Home (Sunday Set 2) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen57. Shotgun Willie (Sunday Set 1) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen58. You Look Like The Devil (Sunday Set 1) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen59. Bloody Mary Morning (Electric Guitar Version) (Sunday Set 2) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen60. Medley: Funny How Time Slips Away/Crazy/Night Life (Saturday-Set 1) (Live at the Texas Opry House) 8:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen61. Willie's After Hours (Studio Track)13:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Born April 30, 1933, the iconic Texas singer-songwriter Willie Nelson has earned a permanent position in pop music's pantheon with unforgettable songs that combine the sophistication of Tin Pan Alley with the rough-and-tumble grit and emotional honesty of country music. His six-decade-spanning catalog includes more than 60 studio albums in addition to live recordings, soundtracks, ... Read more in Amazon's Willie Nelson Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000FBG06W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Though Willie Nelson's career wouldn't surge until his mid-'70s label switch from Atlantic to Columbia, these recordings rank with his most significant. Before returning from Nashville to his native Texas and signing with Atlantic as its flagship country artist, Nelson had been dismissed as a journeyman writer of hits for others and a struggling recording artist who sang funny. Label honcho and producer Jerry Wexler (better known for his groundbreaking work with the likes of Aretha Franklin) encouraged Nelson to defy the dictates of conventional country and make the music that was already drawing hippies and rednecks together in Austin, while blurring the distinctions among country, blues, folk, and rock. His label debut, 1973's Shotgun Willie, now sounds over-arranged in light of the organic style he would later favor, but the title cut's a classic, Nelson's version of Leon Russell's "A Song for You" has never been bettered, and his renditions of "Whiskey River" and "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)" have highlighted his live performances ever since. The real gem of this three-disc set is the next year's follow-up, Phases and Stages, an underheard classic of a concept album detailing the dissolution of a marriage from both the wife's and the husband's perspective, featuring some of the richest writing and most compelling vocal performances of Nelson's career. The last disc is a 1974 performance recorded on Nelson's home Austin turf, unreleased at the time, with the core of the band that still backs him today joined by virtuosic luminaries such as steel guitarist Jimmy Day and fiddler Johnny Gimble. Each of the remastered discs boasts an abundance of outtakes and alternate tracks. This music not only provided the launching pad for "outlaw country," it established Austin's reputation as a freewheeling music mecca where anything goes. --Don McLeese

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The legendary career of Texas-born music icon Willie Nelson has spanned six decades and stands as one of contemporary music's greatest legacies. Nelson first rose to fame as a Nashville-based songwriter, penning many now timeless standards including Crazy, a top hit for Patsy Cline. Feeling constrained by the Nashville music establishment, Willie relocated to Austin in the early '70s, where the melding of rock and country audiences made a huge impression on him. He began fusing folk and roots rock with a rebellious 'outlaw' country flavor, inventing an authentic, stripped-down sound that remains vastly influential to this day. At this pivotal point in his artistic evolution, Nelson signed to Atlantic Records, delivering two signature albums revered as all-time masterpieces of his extensive repertoire, Shotgun Willie and Phases And Stages. This historic set presents remastered and expanded editions of these landmark classics, along with the also-expanded Live At The Texas Opry House, presented as a stand-alone disc for the first time.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Must-Have' Collection July 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Now here is a box set that is worth checking out. Willie Nelson's tenure at Atlantic Records was rather short-lived, lasting only two albums, but it was a crucial time in his career and it bridged the gap between his early RCA sides and the `superstar' product of his association with Columbia Records. As the story goes, Atlantic's Jerry Wexler stumbled upon Willie at a party, at a time when Willie was without a label and Atlantic was looking to branch out into country music. With his long hair and his Austin, Texas affiliations, Willie was not a `conventional' (read `Nashville') country artist, so this box set more or less documents the birth of country music's `outlaw' phase. It also documents a time when country music was starting to branch out toward the mainstream, and Willie's style was best suited for this purpose.

"Shotgun Willie" is the first album of this set, and it is a sporadic effort that contains more than its share of highlights, including his definitive version of "Whiskey River" (infinitely better than the dozens of live versions that are available) and the equally definitive interpretation of Leon Russell's "Song for You." "Slow Down Old World" and "She's Not For You" represent some of the best orchestrated, tear-jerking country music you'll ever hear, while the title track and "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)" keep things loose and playful.

The masterpiece of this box set, though, is Willie's first theme album (before Columbia's "Red Headed Stranger"), entitled "Phases and Stages." The concept is simple, but brutally direct and powerful, documenting a breakup from the woman's perspective on `side one', followed by the male counterpoint on `side two'.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The live CD is awesome July 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The orginial CD's are great and don't need to be reviewed. The bonus disc "Live at the Opry" is just a ray of sunshine. The music is great the energy is fabulous. If you own the originial CD's buy this set for the bonus disc.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Atlantic Sessions by Willie Nelson July 25, 2006
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Let me begin by saying that I have just ordered this CD set so I have not listened to these CD's specifically. However, I purchased the record albums of "Phases and Stages" and "Shotgun Willie" just before I attended his 4th of July Picnic at Dripping Springs,Tx. It was either in '72 or '73, my memory isn't that good any more. I bought the Red Headed Stranger album as soon as it came on the radio and I was sitting at a table just in front of the stage in the old, original Texas Opry House in Austin when that session was recorded. If you listen real close you can hear me yelling during the begining of one of my special favorite songs. So I'm real familiar with the recordings on these CD's and they are some of my favorites.

After over 30 years of playing, my albums are worn out so I am especially happy Atlantic published them on CD's.

In summary, these CD's are a must for every Willie fan and anyone who likes good country music. These CD's are unusual in that each of the three albums I have tell a story. I'm sure there must be a word that describes such albums, but I'm just a fan, not in the music business.

Buy'em, you'll like'em.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Willie, but doesn't stand out in his catalogue August 14, 2012
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Discs 1 and 2 of this compilation contain the complete albums Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages with tracks in original sequence, along with a bunch of extras from those sessions. The 3rd disc contains live tracks. Solid Willie here but nothing spectacular. If you already have the individual albums you're not adding a lot by getting this. The live disc is ok but nothing special. I've got a couple of other Willie compilations that I find myself listening to instead of this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Willie had been frustrated with RCA and the Nashville system, so when he had the opportunity to record for Atlantic, he jumped at the chance. Willie released "Shotgun Willie" and "Phases and Stages" with Atlantic before moving to Columbia, but this set is more than just a repackage of those two albums.

1. Both "Shotgun Willie" and "Phases and Stages" have bonus tracks in this set, and those bonus tracks feature some really good material. The additional tracks are not available on the standard Atlantic issues of those titles.
2. This set includes "Live at the Texas Opry House." This excellent recording of a 1974 concert is only available as part of this box set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for long time Willie fans October 10, 2012
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this is a must for long time Willie fans, take you back to the 70s with Willie. Some really old school cuts and the sound is really good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Willie Nelson collection August 23, 2012
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Nice standard, live, alternate versions of songs like bloody Mary morning and whiskey river. Great collection from different times in his career.
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