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Shotgun Willie

Willie NelsonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B001690X1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shotgun Willie
2. Whiskey River
3. Sad Songs And Waltzes
4. Local Memory
5. Slow Down Old World
6. Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)
7. Devil In A Sleepin' Bag
8. She's Not For You
9. Bubblees In My Beer
10. You Look Like The Devil
11. So Much To Do
12. A Song For You

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shotgun Willie doesn't run dry... March 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There have been better voices in country music, but never a better vocalist than Willie Nelson. I consider him on par with Frank Sinatra or Sam Cooke in terms of singing skill. He knows exactly what he wants out of each line to maximize the effect of the lyric, and his phrasing is inventive and unique. Although he is widely lauded for his song-writing ability, it is his delivery that makes the songs stand out. Shotgun Willie is no exception.

Unlike Red-Headed Stranger or Phases and Stages, there is no unifying concept to hold the album together. This is just Willie being Willie. He's so relaxed and comfortable with the material that the tempo never really makes it above a laid back toe-tapper. And who cares? I could sit back and tap my toe to music of this caliber much longer than the 40 minute running time. Another difference from his string of concept albums is the variety of songs here. Tougher than Leather, for instance, seems to run together a little bit, and even his finest conceptual efforts repeat musical themes throughout, making them more of an overall experience. On Shotgun Willie, every track can stand alone. There is no filler. The title track is wry and amusing with an accompanying horn section that sounds just at home as the strings backing Willie on "Slow Down Old World", or the honky-tonk piano and fiddle on "Bubbles in My Beer". "Whiskey River" is worlds apart from his raucous live version, but none-the-less effective. By the time he chuckles on the second verse of the track, you are so engrossed that you chuckle along with him, even though you're not sure what's so funny.

That's not to say that the songs aren't cohesive, because they are. The arrangements are lovely and uncluttered regardless of what instruments are utilized.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Textbook of Willie Nelson's eclectic music August 4, 2002
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Having broken free of RCA Nashville, Nelson spent a two album stint on Atlantic. This 1973 debut for the label covers a lot of ground, blending Nelson originals with covers (including a pair of Bob Wills titles and a pair from Leon Russell, including "A Song For You") across country, jazz and Texas storytelling tradition. As fruitfully as Nelson has conquered the charts over the years, album-styled music such as this is clearly his first love.
Highlights include the (then) newly-penned autobiographical title track, a soulful version of "Whiskey River" that greatly changes mood from the live hit single, the tearful (and perhaps ironically self-fulfilling) original "Sad Songs and Waltzes," and a family take of Bob Wills' "Say All Night (Stay a Little Longer)."
This is complex, thoughtful music with the sophistication of its country musical roots and its New York City recording location. Those familiar only with the more readily digestible hits will find a fuller philosophical and musical meal here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Country Music's Best Album February 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The album is worth $12 for the first line alone--"Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear." Hard to believe, but the album only gets better after that--the next two songs are country classics: "Whiskey River" and "Sad Songs and Waltzes." And it keeps getting better still--with covers of two Bob Wills songs and guest appearances by Waylon Jennings and the legendary Doug Sahm. Definitely an essential album if you're at all interested in country music.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iz Great! January 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Cake is one of my favorite bands, and on Cake's "Fashion Nugget" album, there's a fine song called "Sad Songs and Waltzes". I did a search on the internet and found that the Cake song I love was written by Willie Nelson. Needless to say, I bought Shotgun Willie the same day, and I'm so glad I did! When I was a kid, my parents were huge Willie Nelson fans, but I never game him much thought. I really wish I had now that I understand what he's saying and how great his songs are. This album is fantastic. If you're like me, and you dislike all the current country music (Shania, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, etc..) because it's nothing but pop music, and no different than anything Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand are doing, then you'll definitely love Shotgun Willie. Buy it!, you won't be sorry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Song For You July 11, 2010
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I remember the first time I listened to this album and heard Willie sing Leon Russell's "A Song For You". I cried. I still do. Every time. Willie's performance is genuinely sublime. He elevates the lyric and turns it into a devastating moment of human vulnerability. Every phrase is perfectly delivered; every nuanced idiosyncracy of Willie's voice is absolutely right on. Even his deceptively simple guitar accompaniment contributes essentially to the song's emotional impact. Nothing is forced, nothing is contrived, and nothing rings false. The album as a whole floats along effortlessly and is a lot of fun - a true classic - but "A Song For You" ends the experience on such an unexpectedly intense note that you can't help but be moved deeply by it all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF WILLIE'S GREATEST September 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I grew up on this album as a kid. It's got the most beautiful rendition of Whiskey River on it ever made. I was born and raised in Texas and have seen Willie, Waylon, and Jerry Jeff
live. Anybody that is a fan of Willie's will love this album.
I rate this as his second all-time greatest album; second only to the Redheaded Stranger. Enough said. God Bless Texas! Mike
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent CDs and excellent service!
Published 1 month ago by Thomas R. Schulte
5.0 out of 5 stars ... in about 1978 on 8 track the cd plays great and still great music...
had it in about 1978 on 8 track the cd plays great and still great music from Willie!
Published 2 months ago by Dan Huffman
Published 2 months ago by Pat K.
4.0 out of 5 stars A step below "Phases" and "Red Headed Stranger"
Great, but a bit too slick sounding. If you want to feel like you're at the VFW, and have dirt and road apples under your boots, go for "Phases" and "Read Headed... Read more
Published 5 months ago by gwjazz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great selection
Because Amazon had what I was looking for. Any more I go to Amazon first and I can buy the album (CD) or just one song and the prices are good also.
Published 8 months ago by greg
5.0 out of 5 stars shotgun willie
Love anything done by Willie Nelson, I have quite a collection of his work and try to pick up anything that I don't have through Amazon!
Published 8 months ago by kathleen kotouch
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOTGUN WILLIE
This is really a Willie Nelson Classic. Anyone who considers themselves a real Willie Nelson fan has to have this in their collection . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Richard Pence
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outlaw is born.
Willie's first "Outlaw" album. A return to his Texas roots. Hoist a longneck and it's suddenly 1973 again. Hippies and cowboys finding something in common.
Published 13 months ago by Allan Krueger
5.0 out of 5 stars Shotgun Willie
This was an good album then. It's a good cd now. No one plays guitar like Willie Nelson! It got here quickly and was in good condition
Published 15 months ago by Claudia Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of His Best
One of WIllie's best, and most underrated albums. Has some gems like "Local Memory" and "She's Not For You." Overall, one of my favorite Willie albums. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rawley
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