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Red Headed Stranger

Audio CD | Extra Tracks, Reissued, Remastered

4.7 out of 5 stars 304 customer reviews

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THE outlaw country album, Red Headed Stranger's bare-bones sound was the perfect antidote to the glitzy Nashville Sound dominating the airwaves in the mid-'70s, and lent an understated majesty to this tale of a wandering preacher in the Old West. This deluxe version includes four bonus tracks-three unreleased!-plus the classic Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain .

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Though this 1975 album cost Willie only $20,000 to record, it handed him the success he'd craved after years as a hit songwriter and modestly successful singer. By blending originals and vintage material, he created a timeless Western saga, one that originally left Columbia Records, who'd guaranteed him artistic control, skeptical. The label's doubts, amplified by the fact that Nelson had recorded the album in Texas with only his seven-piece touring band, evaporated after the album and two singles, "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" and "Remember Me," became huge hits and launched Willie into the stratosphere. This enhanced version preserves the original sequence, adding four bonus tracks. One, a brief snippet of Bach's "Minuet in G" from the 1986 Red Headed Stranger film, is inconsequential. Three more, from the 1975 sessions, are enjoyable covers of Hank Williams's "I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love with You," Bob Wills's "A Maiden's Prayer," and Pee Wee King's "Bonaparte's Retreat," footnotes to the original but welcome nonetheless. --Rich Kienzle

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Time of the Preacher
  2. I Couldn't Believe It Was True
  3. Time of the Preacher Theme
  4. Medley: Blue Rock Montana / Red Headed Stranger
  5. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  6. Red Headed Stranger
  7. Time of the Preacher Theme
  8. Just as I Am
  9. Denver
  10. O'er the Waves
  11. Down Yonder
  12. Can I Sleep in Your Arms
  13. Remember Me (When the Candle Lights Are Gleaming)
  14. Hands on the Wheel
  15. Bandera
  16. Bach Minuet in G
  17. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
  18. A Maiden's Prayer
  19. Bonaparte's Retreat


Product details

  • Audio CD (July 4, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: July 4, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004U2G7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 304 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,241 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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