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Four CD set. 2008 is the year Willie turns 75. One Hell Of A Ride shows in this audio memory box containing a wealth of American music. Here are 100 songs of Willie Nelson's incredible journey. "When I've Sang My Last Hillbilly Song," starts off Disc One, it was recorded in the mid-1950's; it is reprised on Disc Four's final track, updated in 2007. Between those years Nelson, rose from poverty to becoming one of the world's most recognizable figures, in the music business. This collection is the most all-encompassing Nelson retrospective ever assembled.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000VEA38O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Mark Weisinger on April 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying that I'm a big Willie Nelson fan, and I hate docking this collection a star. It's not because the material on this set isn't first-rate. On the contrary; everything here is classic. Even some of the lesser-known and/or second-tier songs would be career highlights for most artists. But the problem with this set is the same problem suffered by every Willie Nelson compilation released so far: what's missing from it.

There are several good Willie Nelson compilations on the market right now: the classic (and recently remastered) "Greatest Hits (and Some That Will Be)," the boxed set "Revolutions of Time," and two compilations both called "Essential Willie Nelson" (one a single-disc covering his early years and the other a recent double-disc covering his entire career). While all of these collections are great, none is truly comprehensive. I was really hoping that this would finally be the collection that "got it right," but once again, we're given a Willie Nelson compilation that is frustratingly incomplete.

Scanning the titles on this box, I noticed that some of my favorites were missing. So, I went back to the four previously-mentioned collections, all of which I own, and I made a list of the songs that were included on one or more of those collections but are missing here. Some omissions were major, some minor; but it was surprising just how many true classics were M.I.A. Need proof?
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 15, 2008
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To be sure, there's no shortage of Willie Nelson best-ofs out there, but this far-flung 4-CD set is a real doozy. It draws on Willie's work from a number of labels, including former rivals RCA and Columbia (now both part of Sony-BMG) as well as early '60s recordings on Liberty (owned by EMI), a couple of tracks from his lone mid-period album for Atlantic and various offerings on Universal over the last ten years.

It's a fitting tribute to Nelson, a prolific trendsetter and stubborn iconoclast whose seventy-fifth birthday coincides with the album's release. The collection starts out with a prehistoric demo that Willie made around 1954 or '55, back before his early success as the songwriter of hits such as "Crazy" and "Nite Life..." Even back then, working in the real hillbilly days when Nashville was only beginning to consolidate its power as the center of a new country music industry, Willie had an odd, exceptional air about him. His phrasing was already a little bit weird and his sense of rhythm was kinda cock-eyed. This collection moves from early hillbilly gems such as "No Place For Me" (an indie single that Willie self-released back in 1957), into his early work for RCA, a period that yields several off-the-radar gems, even though Nelson found the Nashville studio system creatively frustrating...

The playlists of this four CD set are not organized in strictly chronological order -- there's a much-welcomed, intelligently thought-out aesthetic at play, which can pair a song from one era with another that compliments it in interesting ways. The big hits are there (although not all of them) but they are sandwiched between less well-known material that more fully illuminates Nelson's creative trajectories.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shell-Zee on April 21, 2008
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Come on stop nit pickin'. Seems like everyone has his or her favorite song that's not included on this collection. The problem is Willie has been so prolific for the past twenty five years, that it would be impossible to satisfy everyone even if they had made this a five or six disc collection. All I know is this is a great collection and I'm delighted to find one hundred of Willie's greatest songs all in one collection.

With that said I would like to see a few of Willie's great albums like "Angel Eyes", "Without A Song", "Islands In The Sea" and the "Songwriter" soundtrack (with Kris Kristofferson) reissued. Or maybe Atlantic Records would have the good sense to reissue their terrific three disc collection "Classic & Unreleased". Then again I guess that's a bit of nit pickin' on my part.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Glenn on April 27, 2008
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How do you select the best from hundreds & hundreds of recordings? One Hell of a Ride is a pretty good attempt. It has most of my favorites, some I've never heard before and some I haven't heard in years.
My choice 100 songs may have been different, but this is a great box set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jake on April 14, 2008
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An incredibly listenable overview of Willies entire catalogue. The rarities and generous song selection make this even more satisfying a listen than the Essential collection from a few years ago.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Morton on April 12, 2008
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Willie Nelson-One Hell Of A Ride (4-cd Box Set) *****

To celebrate Willie Nelson's up coming birthday of however many years it has been, I think it is 75 but I could be wrong, but anyway to celebrate this a boxed set of all that is Willie Nelson is being released called One Hell Of A Ride, and it is 'one hell of a ride.' This is a must have for any Willie fan, I mean it has essentially anything you could ever want, with the exception of maybe a few hidden personal treasures.

This career spanning set has rare cover songs, original material, rare tracks, and much more. This covers Willie from the beginning and well might I add. Whether your new to Willie's music or a life long fan of Mr. Nelson, this box set is a great addition to any music collection.
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