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One Hell Of a Ride (4-CD Box Set) [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Willie NelsonAudio CD
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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. When I've Sang My Last Hillbilly SongWillie Nelson 1:28Album Only
listen  2. No Place For MeWillie Nelson 1:18Album Only
listen  3. Man With The BluesWillie Nelson 2:06Album Only
listen  4. Night LifeWillie Nelson 2:30Album Only
listen  5. Hello WallsWillie Nelson 2:23Album Only
listen  6. Funny How Time Slips Away (1962 Version)Willie Nelson 3:01Album Only
listen  7. CrazyWillie Nelson 2:51Album Only
listen  8. Half A ManWillie Nelson 2:25Album Only
listen  9. Mr. Record ManWillie Nelson 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. One in a RowWillie Nelson 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Party's OverWillie Nelson 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Texas In My SoulWillie Nelson 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Good TimesWillie Nelson 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sweet MemoriesWillie Nelson 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Little ThingsWillie Nelson 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Any Old Arms Won't DoWillie Nelson 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Everybody's Talkin' (Album Version)Willie Nelson 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Pins And Needles (In My Heart)Willie Nelson & Family 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Once More With FeelingWillie Nelson 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. I Gotta Get DrunkWillie Nelson 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Laying My Burdens DownWillie Nelson 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. What Can You Do To Me Now?Willie Nelson 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Kneel At The Feet Of JesusWillie Nelson & Family 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. I'm A MemoryWillie Nelson 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Family BibleWillie Nelson 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Summer Of Roses (Album Version)Willie Nelson 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Yesterday's WineWillie Nelson 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Me And PaulWillie Nelson 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. The Words Don't Fit the PictureWillie Nelson 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Good Hearted WomanWillie Nelson 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. You Left A Long, Long Time AgoWillie Nelson 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. She's Not For YouWillie Nelson 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. You Ought to Hear Me CryWillie Nelson 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. It Should Be Easier NowWillie Nelson 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to Be CowboysWaylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. If You Can Touch Her At AllWillie Nelson 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Can Get off on You (Remastered)Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Blackjack County ChainWillie Nelson 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Johnny One TimeWillie Nelson 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bring Me Sunshine (Previously Unreleased in the U.S.)Willie Nelson 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Just Can't Let You Say GoodbyeWillie Nelson 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Shotgun WillieWillie Nelson 2:40Album Only
listen14. Sad Songs And WaltzesWillie Nelson 3:06Album Only
listen15. Troublemaker (Album Version)Willie Nelson 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Uncloudy Day (Album Version)Willie Nelson 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Bloody Mary MorningWillie Nelson 2:48Album Only
listen18. I Still Can't Believe You're GoneWillie Nelson 4:16Album Only
listen19. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Album Version)Willie Nelson 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. I'd Have to Be CrazyWillie Nelson 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time (Album Version)Willie Nelson 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Always Late (With Your Kisses)Willie Nelson 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. She's Gone Gone Gone (Album Version)Willie Nelson 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. I Never Go Around MirrorsWillie Nelson 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Stardust (Album Version)Willie Nelson 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Georgia on My MindWillie Nelson 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. A Song for You (Album Version)Willie Nelson 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Whiskey River (Album Version)Willie Nelson 3:32$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Till I Gain Control AgainWillie Nelson 5:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stay A Little Longer (Album Version)Willie Nelson 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Heartbreak Hotel (Album Version)Willie Nelson with Leon Russell 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. One For My Baby And One For The Road (Album Version)Willie Nelson 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Help Me Make It Through the NightWillie Nelson 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Midnight RiderWillie Nelson 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (Album Version)Willie Nelson 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Crazy ArmsWillie Nelson;Ray Price 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. On the Road AgainWillie Nelson 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Angel Flying Too Close to the GroundWillie Nelson 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mona Lisa (Album Version)Willie Nelson 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a LetterWillie Nelson 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Always on My MindWillie Nelson 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Old FriendsWillie Nelson & Roger Miller with Ray Price 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Pancho and LeftyMerle Haggard with Willie Nelson 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Reasons To QuitWillie Nelson & Merle Haggard 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. In The Jailhouse NowWillie Nelson with Webb Pierce 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Why Do I Have to Choose (Album Version)Willie Nelson 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. City Of New Orleans (Album Version)Willie Nelson 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. To All The Girls I've Loved Before (With Julio Iglesias) (Album Version)Julio Iglesias duet with Willie Nelson 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Three DaysWillie Nelson with Faron Young 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Touch MeWillie Nelson with Faron Young 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Write Your Own SongsWillie Nelson 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Heart Of GoldWillie Nelson 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I'm Movin' OnWillie Nelson & Hank Snow 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Seven Spanish AngelsWillie Nelson with Ray Charles 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. HighwaymanThe Highwaymen 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Living in the PromiselandWillie Nelson 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. What A Wonderful WorldWillie Nelson 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Country WillieWillie Nelson 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. GracelandWillie Nelson 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Valentine (Album Version)Willie Nelson 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. What Was It You Wanted (Album Version)Willie Nelson 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Still Is Still Moving to MeWillie Nelson 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Too Sick To PrayWillie Nelson 2:41Album Only
listen14. Everywhere I Go (with Emmylou Harris)Willie Nelson 3:50Album Only
listen15. My Own Peculiar WayWillie Nelson 3:37Album Only
listen16. NuagesWillie Nelson 3:39Album Only
listen17. Rainbow ConnectionWillie Nelson 4:30Album Only
listen18. Mendocino County LineWillie Nelson;Lee Ann Womack 4:31Album Only
listen19. The Harder They ComeWillie Nelson 3:37Album Only
listen20. Bubbles In My BeerWillie Nelson 2:49Album Only
listen21. When I've Sung My Last Hillbilly SongWillie Nelson 3:27Album Only


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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 (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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71 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, but once again...frustrating 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 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy box set for Willie's 75th anniversary April 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop The Nit Pickin' April 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beer For My Horses April 14, 2008
By Jake
Format:Audio CD
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 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 50 years of Willie April 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Willie Nelson there is November 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Best Willie Nelson there is. Best studio recording quality. A 4 CD box set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars By far, the worse CD set I've ever received January 8, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I haven't yet seen just how bad this set is. So far, I've encountered many tracks that won't play, either in my CD player or on my computer:

CD1 had four very bad tracks, 17, 22, 25 and 27. With various methods and a numbedr of retries, I was able to get usuable versions of all of those tracks.

CD4 had 3 bad tracks, 17, 18, and 20. I haven't yet made the multiple retries to see if I can recover any of these tracks.

I haven't yet attempted to play the other two CDs. I'll probably give this set up as a bad job and see if I can exchange it for something worth having. This may be good music, but spending several days per CD to recover that music is really not worth the effort.

Part of the problem is the incredibly bad packaging Sony provided for this set. The CDs are in a cardboard folder with openings towards the top. It would have been far better if the folder had the openings towards the spine so the CDs would have been held securely in place. Additionally, the pockets hold the CDs too loosely; the CDs are free to rub against the cardboard. On my set, the two CDs in the lower pockets were out of their pockets and rubbing against the cardboard. Even the CDs in the upper pockets are free to shift around in the pockets.

This is the poorest packaging I've ever seen in a set of CDs. I'd expected something far better from Sony.

Update, 7 Feb, 2014

The Amazon return process was extremely simple and quite fast. I went to my order, clicked the return link and filled out the form. Later that day, I received an e-mail telling me that UPS would come by the next day to pick up the packaged return item. The day after UPS picked up the package, another e-mail from Amazon told me that a refund was issued through my credit card.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection! Bad Discs!
I bought this collection a few years ago and, unfortunately, only recently got around to listening to it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thomas J. Merchant
5.0 out of 5 stars spend an afternoon with willie
Loved this compilation. So many songs I had not heard before - sweet early songs, his beautiful voice. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rosie
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
CD set is OK. It is not as good as the CD we bought of the Highwaymen and their songs.
Published 8 months ago by Camilla Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent complilation
This purchase was a worthwhile investment to my music collection...I did not fully realize what I acquired until I took time to listen and enjoy each CD! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alex Lookingelk
3.0 out of 5 stars sound quality did not meet expectations
while the song selection was not bad, the sound quality seemed a bit thin. I did not find it spacious, rich, dynamic, instead finding it dry and thin, needing tone controls to get... Read more
Published 12 months ago by OLD ROY
5.0 out of 5 stars Send more Willie Nelson!!
Never get enough of my man Willie. This is dynamite compilation with cool book extra. Representative sampling of 50+ years doing and changing country music. Read more
Published 13 months ago by pr001
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE WILLY
This collection is great. Has a lot of his really old songs on it. If you're a Willy fan you'll love it!
Published 13 months ago by frogbilli
5.0 out of 5 stars Content
This has many hard to find cuts, some found nowhere else like ( Johnny One Time ) so it's worth the money at least to me. Read more
Published 14 months ago by old dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie ~ Awesome collection!
Awesome collection - comes with story book! If you are a Willie lover you will want to add this collection to your music library!
Published 15 months ago by P. Donahy
5.0 out of 5 stars One Hell OF A Ride (4-CD Box Set)
These CD's had nearly all of my favorite Willie Nelson records on them and also, some that I had never heard before. Very good.
Published 16 months ago by Sybil
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