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The Complete Atlantic Sessions

The Complete Atlantic Sessions

June 20, 2006

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2006 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 3:36:54
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  • ASIN: B00123KDP6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,438 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Ryan on July 12, 2006
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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 By James D. Mccracken on July 3, 2006
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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 By Gordon Thorn on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BigBinNC on 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 By William Norman on May 16, 2010
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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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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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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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