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Red Headed Stranger

Willie Nelson

1975

Red Headed Stranger

Album Summary

Red Headed Stranger is the 18th studio album by American outlaw country singer Willie Nelson, released in 1975. Following the success of his recordings with Atlantic Records, coupled with the negotiating skills of his manager, Neil Reshen, Nelson signed a contract with Columbia Records, the label that gave him total creative control over his works. The concept for the album was inspired by the "Tale of the Red Headed Stranger", a song that Nelson used to play as a disc jockey on his program in Fort Worth, Texas. After signing with Columbia, he decided to record the song, and arranged the details during his return to Austin, Texas, from a trip to Colorado. It was recorded at low cost at Autumn Sound Studios in Garland, Texas. The songs featured sparse arrangements, largely limited to Nelson's guitar, piano, and drums. Nelson presented the finished material to Columbia executives, who were dubious about releasing an album that they at first thought was a demo. However, Nelson had creative control, so no further production was added. A concept album, Red Headed Stranger is about a fugitive on the run from the law after killing his wife and her lover. The content consists of songs with brief poetic lyrics and arrangements of older material such as Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", Wolfe Gilbert's "Down Yonder", and Juventino Rosas' "O'er the Waves". Despite Columbia's doubts and the limited instrumentation, Red Headed Stranger was a blockbuster among country music and mainstream audiences. It was certified multiple-platinum, and made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. The cover of "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", released as a single before the album, became Nelson's first number-one hit. The title of the album became a lasting nickname for Nelson. It was ranked number 183 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and number one on CMT's 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music. In 2010, it was inducted to the National Recording Registry. In 1986, Nelson starred as the Red Headed Stranger in a movie of the same name, based on the story of the album. The album has had a strong cultural impact; the song "Time of the Preacher" was used often in the British television miniseries Edge of Darkness, and its lyrics were used in the first issue of the comic Preacher.

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Rating

3.28

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3798

Genres

  • Country
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5

Willie Nelson bucked the system and instead of putting out over produced Nashville drivel, made a simple, stripped down country record structured as a concept album. Red Headed Stranger is the story of a preacher who kills his wife and lover and explores themes of loss, guilt, and longing. It’s exactly what needed to be made at the time

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Red Head Redemption 💀

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5

Somehow, I've never heard a single Willie Nelson track, knowingly, up until this point. I love this! Understated playing, great storytelling and a voice that holds lots of appeal for me. He deserves to be known better on these shores than as the old boy who likes smoking big doinks. Superb!

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What a great album, and what a wonderful voice. (I mean, it's Willie Nelson, is anyone surprised?) This is exactly the type of album that makes me glad I'm doing this project. Because while it's not something I'd seek out, and I don't universally adore every track, it's extremely worth the listen, and I would listen through it again if I'm in the right mood. The album is calming, and oddly a good balm for loneliness but without being whiny. It feels like a chat with an old friend: mellow, reassuring, maybe even a little bit commiserating. And, above all, worth your time. Fave track: Hands on the Wheel

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5

Otra sorpresa. Disco perfecto.

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5

A perfect concept album. Country western storytelling at its best.

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5

I didn't think I'd like this, but I really enjoyed it. There's something about this type of 1970s country music, the trad and pseudo trad styles. Everything feels cosy and comforting, like you're sitting in a bar while yung Willie sings away in the corner. This is the kind of album that I would happily listen to again, if the mood took me.

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5

Душа, жизнь, ковбойска житя

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5

Excellent listen

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5

GOOD dog walking music. It isn't too intensely Willie Nelson, it is the perfect amount. I like the balance between singing and instruments.

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5

What on first impression feels unfocused, random, rough and incomplete you will then learn is the result and product of Willie's artistic control. Sparse and demo-like, it is never dwelling on one idea. Instead it is constantly moving onward with its narrative.

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5

Simple and great.

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5

1st time of listening. Love Willie Nelson, his lyrical aptitude as a writer is clear from his back catalogue but what I like about this is that he has developed, through others songs, a wonderful, simple narrative about the red headed stranger. Love the title track and "Denver" and of course the recurring "Time Of The Preacher" "O'er The Waves" (Which to me is reminiscent of The Harry Lime Theme) and the honky-tonk Piano (Played, I believe by Willie's sister Bobbie) of down yonder. A tale of betrayal redemption and love and stripped down to the instruments with Willie's distinctive voice being the main star! Love it and rightfully in this list in my opinion.

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5

A classic. A must hear for Texans.

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5

Exceptional album, a classic. Tight, minimalist compositions, with strong songwriting from Nelson. Not a bad song on here. Fave Songs: Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Red Headed Stranger, Hands on the Wheel, Can I Sleep in Your Arms, Time of the Preacher

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5

Good grief this here is one heck of a beautiful album. The piano interlude on Just As I Am and Can I Sleep in Your Arms near blew me out of the dang water. Such a strutty little bass line on Remember Me. Outlaw country with a tender gentle heart.

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5

Beautiful album. Loved every track.

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5

Amazing album. So minimal and clean.

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5

I'd love to hang out with Willie for a day, get stoned and listen to him tell stories, perhaps a song or two. Shotgun Willie is my go to album but this one has gotten a lot plays as well. Albums like this make you realize not all country music is shit.

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5

A perfect lazy Sunday album. Every track has a little surprise waiting to be discovered. It's a sign of everything wrong with the music industry that Columbia tried to re-produce this album because they thought it was too stripped down. Best track: Red Headed Stranger

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5

Me ha gustado bastante.

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5

Big Willie styles.

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5

Generally not my type of music but damn if Willie isn't incredibly talented. The closing track on this album was beautiful, just the piano and harmonica. The piano was really a standout the whole way through. The album tells a great story, and Willie is a master at his craft. Probably the only 5 star country album I'll have this list, but if any deserves it this is the one.

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5

Great album, added it a few playlists

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I love you, Willie. Thank you for keeping it 100% authentic throughout your career. Also, a little bump for a sweet song about Denver!

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5

I always love tight, story-driven concept albums. Add Willie’s impeccable delivery, and you’ve got an instant classic for me.

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5

I'm surprised Nashville hasn't built a Mount Rushmore of Country Music. Seems like something they'd be all freaking over. We'll do the easy work for them here in terms of selecting the 4 figures on Mount Country Music. Johnny Cash and Hank Williams are slam-dunk no-brainers. And I believe the third obvious choice is one Willie Hugh Nelson. They'd probably complain about having to put a bandana on his head, and they'll be jokes about how Willie should also be displayed smoking a joint, but no Mount Rushmore is complete with him. The argument could begin and end with the fact that Willie Nelson wrote "Crazy". Mic drop. And if that's not enough, allow me to present to you a concept album he recorded entitled "Red Headed Stranger". Great simple storytelling music that showcases what made Willie Nelson a legend, including the quintessential version of "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" where Ol' Willie even one-ups Hank Williams. As for that 4th person on the Mount Rushmore of Country Music...the internet would absolutely explode if it isn't Dolly Parton. Fuck that. I'd take Loretta Lynn or Emmylou Harris over Dolly. Also acceptable: George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, and an argument could be made for Patsy Cline. It'd be fitting to have her next to the pot smoking, bandana wearing hillbilly/hippie who wrote her signature song.

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5

I grew up hearing this album in the background, but its spartan production and mature themes went over my head and I didn't appreciate it. I haven't heard it since my pre-teen years. Returning to it now is like discovering an entirely new album. The music is arresting and beautiful, the album filled with suspense, tragedy and heartache, and I loved it. While murder ballad albums tend to turn me off, this had a very different feel and focused on a range of emotions other than anger and revenge. It is surprisingly wistful. How fortunate are we that Willie Nelson had negotiated a contract that allowed him to release this album. It is easy to see how record producers would demand that more production be added to this album. I imagine that would have greatly diminished the power of this album. Red Headed Stranger is an affecting work I will listen to again and again.

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5

As with the album Stardust, I am again struck by the deliberateness of Willie Nelson's music. Every note, every tempo, the order of the songs...all show a clear intent and purpose, nothing ad libbed or left to chance. Despite the murderous themes in the lyrics, I feel safe with Willie at the helm. This is music that makes me feel good.

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4

Tolle Entdeckung!

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4

Nice and light. Really enjoyable

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Lovely, subtle. Country albums tend to grow on me, but this one starts pretty well-liked. The entrances of new instruments are absolutely delicious. Very, very cool project. The shape of the narrative needs to be teased out a bit by me; Maybe I wasn't listening closely enough. Anyway, it earns its instrumentals while remaining relatively short, and I love that at the very least.

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Неплохой альбом!

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Was pleasantly pleased by this whole experience. Wouldn’t want to listen to it on repeat or anything, but I could see putting it on again from time to time. Made for some nice rainy day early morning tunage without being soul crushingly depressing. Although I do like soul crushingly depressing music.

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4

un bon album country dans une belle journée de pluie. Cela a très bien fitté et j'ai adoré. 3.95

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Well, I'm a sucker for a concept album, so the stage was already set for a favorable reception. The understated composition of every song belies the relentless and tragic story that unfolds across the entire album. I was honetly startled when the second voice came in for harmony on 'Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain', because it was almost like someone snuck in the room and interrupted while Willie was confiding a dark secret to me. And so it went through the entire album, until 'Remember Me'. It's an enjoyable song on its own, but it was jarring in it's place and in it's contrast with the mood of the album. All told though, it was a riveting bit of story-telling folded into musical form, which further enhanced the emotions of the tale and of the telling.

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4

Pretty good

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4

I haven't given Willie enough listens. I really dug the sparse instrumentation and lyricism here. The closing track in particular was simply gorgeous sounding.

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4

Good ol outlaw country at its finest. Can't give it a perfect score because, well, country. But gotta love Willie.

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4

Just... Good ol' country, boy

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4

Honestly a bop, really fun listen

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4

Good country

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4

Oh Willie Nelson was great this whole time and I never listened to him?? Incredible

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4

A sparse delight. That VOICE.

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For as long as I remember, from when I first started reading music magazines, the man/myth/legend of Willie Nelson, the pro-weed stance, the legal issues, his politics, has been written about more than the actual music. One of those people whose public persona overwhelms everything else, even the thing that made them famous in the first place. Have I heard a Willie Nelson song before? I think so, probably, in passing. Have I ever sat and listened to one of his albums from start to finish and then repeated the process a few more times because what I'm hearing is so good? Not until this very point in time. I like my C&W sparse, downbeat, and full of misery. Just like this.

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Disc de country crepuscular, honest i emotiu on Nelson aboca tots els seus sentiments en una música força evocadora. El disc clau de l'outlaw country, i un dels millors del génere

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4

Not familiar with Willie Nelson so excited for this album - interesting that it only has a run time of around 30 mins with so many listed tracks, song don't tend to be this short anymore. Time of the Preacher - Super pretty song Red Headed Stranger - Like this one a lot, got a good beat to it and makes you want to sway along. O'er the Waves - I can only describe this as Country Hawaiian and it nice. Down Yonder - Great track, very upbeat and makes you want to move. Can I Sleep in Your Arms - Another song that despite it's depressing lyrics, has a beautiful, hopeful sound. I quite enjoyed this album, very chill and pretty sad in both the sound and lyrics but has enough upbeat tunes scattered throughout. Not usually my style of music so hard to compare it but I'd happily listen to this through again - low 4 stars I think.

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Country hippie-yaaa! Bellone!

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Classic as suggested

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4

Can't go wrong with Willie!

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4

I have never listened to Wille Nelson but I appreciate this county style very much.

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4

Concise storytelling. Sparse instrumentals and Willie's voice bring a wordly tone to this brilliant album.

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4

Gorgeous songs, beautiful voice and sympathetic accompaniment. An album that could make me like country music. If I already were a country music guy it would be an easy 5 stars I imagine, but I'm a neophyte just learning the ropes; 4.25 🌟

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4

Raw, powerful, and emotional

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4

Don't normally like country - but this is very good

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Dásamleg plata. Þarf að eignast.

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4

I do like Willie. And Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain is a classic. It's a simple album, with simple messages in each song. It's easy to get lost that there's a story here.

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Hello, I'm playing Red Dead Redemption, stop interrupting me! Obožavam ovakve (outlaw) country albume, tipa gdje bi mogo slušat ovo da se nalazim na nekom pustom zapadu - lagan album, lagana gitarica, mirno, melankolično, tužno u neku ruku, ali samo po instrumentalu ja bi dao dobru ocjenu. Jednostavno mi paše. Outlaw Country is the best genre, my best friend today! PROTECT WILLIE AT ALL COSTS! DON'T LET HIM LEAVE THIS PLANET!

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4

Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash i Willie Nelson su sveto trojstvo country glazbe.

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4

Really enjoyed this album. Now a willie nelson fan

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Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson (1975) A man called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in Montana (“Time of the Preacher”) loses the affection of his wife (“I Couldn’t Believe It Was True”) and commits the ‘justifiable’ homicide of both his wife and her lover (“Blue Rock Mountain/Red Headed Stranger”). Grief stricken, he departs, only to arrive in another town, where he again commits ‘justifiable’ homicide, this time of a yellow haired lady who, through greed and trickery, tried to take the beloved horse that had belonged to his late wife (“Red Headed Stranger”). He finally proceeds to Denver (“Denver”), where he finds solace with a woman (“Can I Sleep in Your Arms”) and apparently becomes her husband and (much later) a grandfather, who reflects on his misery and his hopes for the future in the company of his grandson (“Hands on the Wheel”), finding resolution and redemption in his dotage. This is the basic synopsis of the country western near-opera “The Red Headed Stranger”. Many of the details can only be surmised by listening through the spare lines of narrative, and imagining the drama as the tale unfolds over 15 tracks in 34 minutes. Your take might be different. But there are intertextual weavings and recapitulations that hold the poetry together throughout the album. Some of these are really fine; check out the last two lines of “Denver”. I won’t spoil it for you. What is most refreshing about this musical tale is the fact that it exists in the first place. The country western scene in 1975 was transitioning away from the loopy sequins and buckskin fringes (Think Ernest Tubb, Buck Owens, Porter Wagoner, etc.) toward the more mature ‘outlaw country’ of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and our hero, Willie Nelson. Albums of the earlier period were mostly mere collections of songs. But this album is different. More than a ‘concept’ album, it tells a story, chiefly by cobbling together songs written by others and held together by original lyrical material from the heart and soul of Willie Nelson himself. The narrative sort of falls apart toward the end (most of the action is on side one), but it still retains interest, progressing from tragedy to loss to grief to wisdom. The music is starkly simple, with limited instrumentation, well performed with the sort of authenticity one has come to expect from the inimitable voice of Willie Nelson. This very good album is what happens when a great artist persuades the suits to allow full creative control. The executives at Columbia Records reportedly didn’t like this record. I did. (It went multi-platinum, so apparently others did too). 4/5

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4

Apparently I like Willie Nelson.

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4

Good.

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I don't know much about Wilie's catalog or album history, but he's just good, old-fashioned, singer-songwriter awesomeness. Maybe I'm sentimental because I recently toured the Moody Theater (where they film Austin City Limits), but I really, really like this album.

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Willie Nelson's music is so peaceful. I love his voice and the tone of his amplified nylon string acoustic guitar. I like that this record is stripped down to just him, his voice, a piano, drums, bass, and that's about it. "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain" has always been one of my favorite Willie hits. Though, "Crazy" is his crowning achievement as a songwriter, IMO. It was my grandpa Yuncker's favorite song and we would play it on the jukebox at Weaver's Tavern in Weidman Michigan, when we would go there for hot dogs and Busch Light. For me, Willie's music is honestly less about the songs for me than the laid-back and unassuming vibe. Loved this record and the loose concept happening. I've always just randomly picked a Willie record when I wanted to hear him. Now that I've heard Red Headed Stranger, I'll return to this one when I need a Willie fix. Wow, I made it through that review without mentioning weed!

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4

Granddad here trees with the best of them 💨. A very pleasant album with one of the nicest voices around

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4

Short and sweet, Willie Nelson on top form.

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4

I like the thematic album here

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4

Great album but not his best. The subtlety transports you to a ranch in the spring

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4

I’ve now listened to 2/97 of Willie’s studio albums. This is my favorite.

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4

Country que envolve.

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4

Classic. The album is full of great songs.

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4

This was just what I needed, some gentle country harmonies as I cooked dinner. Thanks, Willie.

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4

Its good. Not as good as Shotgun Willie.

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4

I didn’t appreciate Willie Nelson when I was younger, but have grown to like a lot of his music. This album included.

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4

Red Headed Stranger is Country and Western at its best. Music that sways and pulls more than shows off. Lyrics that weave together complex stories that are built around simple emotions. A dance and a tap that is slow but hopeful. This isn't the best collection of Willie but it is a masterful showing of someone that is sharing the closest thing to universal truth.

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4

Very melancholy, very nice

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4

Good collection of country songs definitely worth listening too

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4

Liked it more than I thought i would, it's a well executed concept album.

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4

Now THIS is my speed. I only really knew Willie as a personality and not so much his music, but damn, he has a killer voice and knows how to fill a track with hooks. I do think it peaks in the first side, but I can definitely see myself add this to my collection. B

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4

That’s a beautiful Willie

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Willie Nelson is great. This is a beautiful and simple album which shows how powerful stripped down country music can be without the flash. I’ve always loved willie Nelson’s guitar playing (Can I Sleep in Your Arms was a highlight for me) and wish there was a bit more of it on this album.

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This album was able to be truly beautiful while being so simple. Even if you’re not an older country fan you have to appreciate the messages of Willie’s lyrics and his ability to keep his instrumentation and vocals concise and clean. Loved listening to this.

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4

Love Willie's voice and the album was so pleasing as just one song effortlessly transitioned into another! Good length too

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4

Understated is the best word to describe this. I need to listen to this again more carefully and not as background music, because I only just realized halfway through that there's a story to the lyrics. I was expecting typical country nonsense, but I was pleasantly surprised. So far not my favorite Nelson album, but it's still very good.

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4

Sometimes timing is everything. I put this album on a few hours before dawn on a quiet Saturday morning and was taken on a journey through the backroads of America by Nelson’s voice and music. The first side tells the story of a man who murdered his wife after discovering that she was cheating on him. Side two has him finding love again along with redemption. This might be the first country concept album. Nelson’s voice has a sense of longing to it and carries the story so well that you feel for the character throughout even knowing that he murdered his wife. All in all, this was an enjoyable way to spend the wee early hours of a Saturday morning.

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4

I liked this album quite a bit. Stripped down and simple, solid display of Willie and his backing band's skills on guitar and piano (and drums). Really nice work on guitar and his voice fits the environment perfectly. Good storytelling too, interesting how he weaved other artists' songs into his own theme, including I Couldn't Believe it Was True, the title track and Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain. Those are key parts to the initial story and you wouldn't even know they weren't conceived by Willie.

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4

Simple country. No steel guitars needed. There's something... pure about it. It's quite refreshing, actually. Nice to hear very little overproduction. No pitch correction, no artificiality to it. Simple and to the point. Really dug it.

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I've heard many individual tracks from Willie Nelson, but I'm not sure if I've heard a whole album. "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" was the only song that I'm sure I've heard before. This album seems like a good representation of Nelson's talent. Red Headed Stranger is country music, including some country swing, but not pop country music. The album has an interesting format with many shorter tracks that flow together. I enjoyed the instrumental tracks in particular, but I was content to listen to Nelson's iconic voice as well. I saved "Just As I Am" for a re-listen. I also liked the last three tracks ("I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)", "A Maiden's Prayer", "Bonaparte's Retreat") in particular. I'd come back for a second listen to the whole album.

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4

sonzao do tio willie

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4 so nice

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I like this early Willie Nelson as it is more like Hank Williams sounding country western folk. Willie has never been one of my favorite singers in this style but his influence is unquestionable. This album specifically is probably one of the more enjoyable ones of his for me to go through. Weird that there's the track "Time of the Preacher Theme" which is 1:13 long, and then a few tracks later there is a short little reprise that's the same exact title and is a 0:26 second intro sort of piece to the following track, "Just as I am". "Can I Sleep In Your Arms" is really an incredibly underrated track. Per Spotify it is the 7th most played track out of 15 on the record and I found myself really enjoying it.

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4

Willie Nelson is a wonderful singer and songwriter. There’s a great mix of melancholy songs and upbeat tunes (including a little bluegrass and ragtime here and there). And the production has a warmth that complements his expressive vocals.

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4

Cry yourself to sleep at night album. Emotional stories about his dang woman leaving him. Enjoyed this album.

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What a breath of fresh air this was. Maybe because I just had to get through Agaetis Byrjun by Sigur Ros! This concept album with organized, thoughtful, thoughts all tidily articulated in 35 minutes over 15 tracks is exactly what the doctor ordered. I never knew Nelson wrote something so structured and cohesive. Some of the songs are overly "twangy" for my liking, but I loved the story and how it unfurls. I also love the minimalism - just a guy, a guitar, a harmonica, a piano and that voice.

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4

Classic groundbreaking country. Want to do a second listen for the narrative but despite not being super into country it’s a fun listen

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What county music should be, but isn't anymore

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This makes me want to go to the county fair

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Yep, Willie vind ik altijd goed. Ik heb een zwak voor blue eyes crying in the rain...

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"Red Headed Stranger" is the 15th album from outlaw country artist Willie Nelson. And outlaw is right as this is a western concept album about a guy who sees his wife cheating on him, comes home to find her gone, hunts both his wife and her lover down, kills them and, for the remainder of the album, tries to find redemption. Sounds interesting and this was, very much exceeding my expectations. This is a very sparse recording with really the only main instruments being guitar, piano, harmonica, bass and drums. Willie had recently signed with Columbia and had been given complete control which allowed this album to be released it was as opposed to the more popular Nashville Sound which had a lot of orchestration. The album concept was inspired by "The Tale of the Red Headed Stranger," a song Willie used to play as DJ in Fort Worth. Given the sparse instrumental arrangement, the strength of the album is Willie's storytelling and voice. The slower pace is also necessary and perfect. The album is really divided into two sides. The first side pretty much tells the whole story concept with the second side being his redemption and finding love again. There are also a few cover songs loosely fitting within concept. "Time of the Preacher" starts things off with the narrator finding his wife cheating on him. Probably the climax of the story is the fourth song "Blue Rock Mountain/Red Headed Stranger" where the narrator finds his wife and her lover in a bar and shoots them. One of the song highlights is "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" which is a cover song by Fred Rose/ Hank Williams. It loosely fits in the concept I guess and is just a great country song. Another great cover song on the second side is "Can I Sleep in Your Arms." It's a more traditional country song with guitar, piano and harmonica solos. I am admittedly not the biggest of country music fans with really the majority of which i like being the traditional storytelling songs of the 50's, 60's and 70's. This album fits that and has to be one of the better ones.

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Country Blues the way it's supposed to be played

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Red headed stranger bitch

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This that good kinda country

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4

At least I am finding that Willie Nelson does have a place in my listening library. My attention span for this one was limited, however. On first listen, I found the music enjoyable, although the theme of the story not so exciting. When I repeated the album, I thought that I would like it more, but actually got bored. I think it was the story more than the music, but a little bored nonetheless.

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Listening to this felt like watching a movie made in black and white to keep it spare and a bit lonesome-feeling. Kind of lovely in the right setting and mood, but also the sort of thing that would kill a party.

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Blue eyes crying in the rain

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Me hizo sentir muy triste a ratos. Lo sentí como una película gringa sobre el campo, algún redneck o esa vida campirana idealizada, pero pues a cada quien le debe decir distintas cosas. Es como que me sentí sumergido en ese mood y ahí me quedé, todo melancólico. Aunque la voz me gustó, creo que "Down Yonder" y ese cierre, "Bandera" fueron las que más disfruté. 7.5/10

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Cool voice. This album gets a bit repetitive, but each song is pretty cool on its own.

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Wow tracks country tracks are pretty short. It was a pleasant album but hasn't blown me away.

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Love his voice and style.

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Il disco è stato un piacevole sottofondo per circa mezz'ora, giusta dose poiché oltre sarebbe stato pesante. La voce di Willie mi è piaciuta e il semplice arrangiamento country l'ho trovato gradevole. Il disco mi da quella rilassatezza che si prova quando si ascolta una vecchia storia.

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Il country old school ha sempre il suo fascino e questo ne è un esempio di qualità. Soffre dei problemi classici del genere: testi un po' sdolcinati, pezzi un po' ripetitivi ma Willie Nelson c'ha una voce che trovo molto musicale e aggiunge profondità anche ai testi un po' banalotti. Diciamo che è stato un ascolto molto picevole che magari ripeterei quando mi voglio sentire un mandriano del west.

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È bello il country americano.. Fino al momento in cui devi ascoltare un album per intero, allora diventa un po' dura. Tutto sommato Willie si è rivelato un bravo cantastorie e per trenta minuti ho vissuto quell'atmosfera da casa nella prateria. A pelle è un 2.50 ma anche in questo caso mi sento di dare un 3 honoris causa, in fin dei conti questi 30 minuti sono volati senza causare nessun dispiacere.

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Stabiler traditioneller country

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classic country

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not too bad

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I’ve never heard this before. Country isn’t usually my thing but this was very enjoyable. Glad my horizons were expanded a little.

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Real tears-in-my-beer stuff. I feel it. Willie knows how to sell it, with his plain-spoken singing. For a short album, it drags on a little long. Favorite tracks: "Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain", "Remember Me"

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Pleasant

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Country lentillo. Ni fu ni fa.

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Short and sweet songs. But they are a bit sad/slow for my taste. They have their spot, but I won't listen to them often

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Had not listened to much Willie Nelson, or much classic Country music. Really liked it. Would listen to more of the Red Head Stranger in the future.

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6/10

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Generally, I know him as the old dude that likes weed. Now I know him a bit better as a musician. This was an okay album.

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Just OK country music, not such good tunes.

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Avoided Willie albums cause I was afraid I’d hate the cool weed guy’s music. Happy to report it’s more folk vibes than country and I liked this album

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A very relaxing album. I feel like I could lay in the sun for hours on end listening to this. Not really much more to say; it's just more Willie Nelson. Favorite track: Down Yonder

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Hi- Down Yonder, Can I Sleep in Your Arms, Hands on the Wheel Minimalistic, soothing, but never downtrodden; This is an easy to listen to album

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Not a go to but not bad

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Altijd wel oké. Als je er van houdt…

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A country concept album about an outlaw who murdered his wife and her lover. Nice. I am not a big fan of minimal instrumentals and stripped down productions. But this isn't bad. The sound is perfect for the sentimental nature of the album. And I love the instrumentals and the vocals, as well as the way they are so balanced. Definitely coming back to this. Maybe I'll like it even more.

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meh willie, I guess you aight

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I liked this more than I thought I would. The structure of the album with the short Time of the Preacher theme was interesting, felt all tied in nicely. I liked that most songs were short and sweet. Favourite songs: I couldn't believe it was true, down yonder

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A very relaxed listen. I liked the bluesy acoustic ballads and the story telling throughout. Bandera was a great way to close out the album. Probably closer to a 3.5 than a 3, I definitely enjoyed it.

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Bit too slow for me

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Questões de estilo me impedem de avaliar essa obra

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The darndest

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Not taken by the narrative, front half perhaps too sparse/minimalist to help, but of course is voice and delivery is still very good Much more into second half with more lush instrumentation, particularly piano. Think missing the cultural context of dominant country stylings in the 70s that this record sat against takes something away, not to mention country being my least familiar genre, but I did like this record overall

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A pretty interesting old storyteller approach with a pretty barebones arrangement. It's decent, and the story aspect of it is the strongest piece. Musically, it's all fine exception Down Yonder. ugh. Still worth a listen.

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Simple but engaging storytelling.

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Each song makes sense as a stand-alone song, but together, they tell a story. I think that's kind of neat.

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My grandma lived Willie. There was to be complete silence when he came in the radio lol. Good times.

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Country. No mal del todo

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I am glad and somehow relieved that the two country albums I got so far came out on a Sunday. Sundays are ok for country, or should I say country is ok for Sundays? One way or another, this is a really pleasant listening, but I am not sure if I will throw it on again in the future.  Nice try, though! 

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3, short and sweet songs

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Genuinely not sure what to say about this. Again, it's one of those cases where I understand the intention and admire the artistry behind it, I appreciate that it's Willie doing exactly what he wanted in the face of record company opposition (not to mention the country music mainstream at large), but I'm not sure how much I like it as such. But it's one I'm sure I will come back to.

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Its a pretty tight album. But also there is nothing stand out

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Alright for country. Didn't listen too closely to the lyrics but apparently it's all murder and revenge so that's exciting. Top tracks: I couldn't believe it was true

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We want chilli Willi. There is something about the nasal twang that makes me feel like a kid.

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Not bad. Not really my thing.

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Loved "couldn't believe it was true" good background music but not blown away

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Willie tells the tale of a murderous preacher who gets revenge in a cheating woman and her lover. Delicately arranged with few instruments and Willie’s signature yodel-esque vocal tone. It’s very solid.

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Lo siento. Un poco rollo. Venga, un 3, porque es Willie Nelson

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Country lentillo. Ni fu ni fa.

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willie 420

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There are flashes of this tightly made and bare bones album being like a pulp western novel set to music. Barren landscapes and barren relationships. Best Tracks: Time of the Preacher; Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain; Remember Me (When The Candle Lights Are Burning)

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Best country album so far, but still a 3/5 since I'm not a fan of this genre at all. Willie Nelson seems like a great guy though. He's almost 90 and still kicking ass apparently. 5 albums in the last 3 years, damn.

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Country sureño suave de escuchar y sin ninguna estridencia. Para relajarse

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Genre: Outlaw Country 3/5 A totally adorable little country album, Red Headed Stranger is a concept album detailing the story of a man on the run after killing his wife. It's told in a decent enough way that it isn't too difficult to follow, but the story isn't the star here. It's Willie's slick baritone vocal, and the ease with which it fills up the mix. Elevating rather sparse material, it's a real treat to hear Willie's voice in this intimate setting, spotlighting what I feel are fairly underrated vocals in the catalogue of 70s music. Overall, the country folk style of most of the tracks here can get pretty boring, and it's generally unexciting as the tracklist continues. However, that doesn't mean there aren't any highlights. The title track is a perfect example of the Outlaw Country genre, with dark, introspective lyrical themes mixed with that classic country sound. It even makes time to take some instrumental breaks like Down Yonder, with Wille Nelson's sister, Bobbie, rippin' on the piano. All in all, fairly bland, but a neat little piece of history, given its concept and its importance in the genre, and is certainly easy on the ears. Not bad.

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Pretty decent album. Not amazed, though.

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Eh, it's just ok. I like Willie Nelson as a cultural icon and for his activist endeavors, but his music is pretty meh for me, this album being a prime example.

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A sweet and sad album that hardly changes mood throughout. A complete work of slow and melancholic country can be long. The album ended up losing my interest. But... It was great in a way. 3 stars will do it.

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For something called "outlaw country" I thought this was pretty soothing, which is not a bad thing. I actually liked it. It started to feel a little bit samey during the last half but the overall mood was really pleasant.

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Never been a Willie Nelson fan. Thi is fine but wouldn’t Hopi of my way to listen

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Get's points for being a best seller despite a rather bizarre concept. The music is less enduring for me.

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Country will never be my fave but I can understand why people like Willie Nelson

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3/5

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I enjoyed this more as the album progressed, probably won't return to it, but it was comforting.

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It was a relaxing album to listen to. Not my go-to but still enjoyable. 2.5 stars but I'll round up.

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Nice - I like the sparse clean arrangements

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The man can sing! Great instrumentation and the recurring pastor theme stuck with me after I’d listened to it. I reckon if I saw it in a record store I’d buy it.

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Nice to chill on a hot afternoon

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Ya know what. If someone is going to go full country i want it to be like this, country and western. Gunslingers in bars.

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Psies op het juiste moment. Heerlijk wegzwijmelen met Willie.

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Really well done old-school country album.

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Soft, gentle country music with sparse instrumentation and Willie Nelson's calming voice. I didn't listen actively enough to pick up the story of this concept album, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Red Headed Stranger Date listened: 09/08/22

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i can see why this is a classic and i almost hate to admit it but i just don't dig country that much

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I love how often the wiki says something along the lines of "the label didn't want to release this album..." only to have the album absolutely blow up. Music industry execs clearly suck.

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Willie Nelson soll ja ein ziemlich cooler Typ sein, nach all dem, was man so über ihn hört und liest. Was man allerdings auf diesem Album von ihm hört, ist genauso öde und langweilig, wie der ganze andere County-Schrott. Nicht ganz so scheiße wie das unsägliche Album von Waylon Jennings aus dieser Liste, aber auch gerade so 2 Sterne. Eher so 1,85 Sterne.

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Just not my bag

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Inoffemsive

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not my cup of tea, so to speak, but like Willie's guitar

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Should maybe try again and also engage with lyrics

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Is this album the inspiration for Duval's "The Apostle"? I like how spare and clean the arrangements are. But I'm all set. Not for me.

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I honestly don't get any enjoyment out of music like this. I just find it boring.

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2/5 not my cup of tea, sorry Willie

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I enjoy the outlaw country sound, but I think the lack of the full band backing in a major way makes this one not hit well for me. Entertaining enough, but again not likely something I would listen to on my own,. 2/5

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This was alright but never really took off. It kinda felt like every song was the intro to something else, but that something else never came along. I've enjoyed the other Willie Nelson stuff I've heard, but this was just too soft, too much of a non-event, really. Surprised to read it was so well-received (according to wiki). I don't have anything to back this up, but it wouldn't surprise me if this was part of the inspiration for Eddie Vedder's Into the Wild soundtrack. Granted, that was a bazillion times better, but I do get similar vibes. 2/5.

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Another country album I couldn’t really get into. Can appreciate why it would be on the list though

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100. Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson 15 tracks. Not sure if this is Country, Blues, or Country-Blues, but whatever it is, it's not for me. There is singing, but there is no accompanying tune/music. Just the occasional light strumming. Not like me to refuse a red head. 2/5

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Country Remember me - has jazz vibes

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Willie Nelson isn't my favorite country singer, and I got through half of this album without noticing that it was my second listen. It's fine, but not my cup of tea.

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it was alright.

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easy listening, but country is not in my favorites genres

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Unter entsprechenden Umständen (Lagerfeuer, Einsamkeit, Whiskey,…) würde ich Willie wirklich zugeneigt beim erzählen zuhören, aber ich häng auf der Couch zwischen den Jahren 2021/22 und bin nicht mal allzu stark nostalgisch berührt. 2.2

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I dont really like country

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Best Song: Down Yonder. Nice rousing piano tune. Worst Song: O'er the Waves. Mega sleepy guitar solo. Overall: Honestly, this is the third consecutive country/western album the algorithm has given me, so it has all begun to blur. This is not my genre, although of the three albums, I could see why someone might like this one.

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Red Headed Stranger, en faible musique de fond quasi inaudible aiderait peut-être à passer le temps en cas de panne d’ascenseur. Quoique j’imagine pouffer de rire dans une telle situation puis rapidement devenir claustrophobe non pas d’être prise dans un endroit restreint, mais plutôt d’être forcée à entendre cet album en bruit de fond en souhaitant qu’on me porte secours rapidement. Bien que mes connaissances en musique Western soient limitées à Patrick Norman et la pièce I Am a Man Of Constant Sorrow de Dick Burnett, grandement popularisée avec l’interprétation des Soggy Bottom Boys dans le film des frères Cohen, Ô Brother, Where Art Thou?, les premières pièces de l’album de Willie Nelson m’ont parues très intéressantes malgré la grande simplicité musicale. On y goûte le sud des États-Unies et cela leur revêt une âme empreinte d’authenticité. Par la suite, les pièces deviennent rapidement de simples balades et ne présentent aucune saveur, aucune couleur puis toujours en exploitant le même dépouillement musicale ça n’aide pas à la suite qui devient très ennuyeux. Une pièce au piano de genre ragtime et deux autres pièces sans parole tentent de briser le rythme. C’est carrément un coup d’épée dans l’eau ! O’er the waves façon Western (ici ridiculement humoristique) et Bach Minuet in G, me fait penser à quelques albums à chier des années 70 quand il y a eu la mode de tout mettre en Jazz. Jean-Sébastien Bach In Jazz, Mozart and Beethoven Played in Jazz etc... qui pour ma part sont les ancêtres de la musique d’ascenseur. Alors, c’est pourquoi je qualifie l’album de Willie Nelson de musique d’ascenseur. Nb : comme je ne suis pas critique musicale professionnelle, je suis allée écouter du Patrick Normand pour cultiver mes connaissances de musique Western et avoir un comparatif. J’ai pu aussi redécouvrir avec grand agrément la bande sonore de Ô Brother, Where Art Thou?

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C'est on ne peut plus western, c'est assez minimaliste mettons, ça changeait de tounes et c'était toujours le même ton et la même progression d'accords ... Mention spéciale au joueur d'harmonica basse, gros sourire dans ma face toute les fois qu'il se pointait

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Not my thing - I can admire the finger picking guitar playing and melodies emphasised by the sparse instrumentation, but I just don’t think I’m won over by Willie Nelson’s country voice.

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Neeext

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Olisin voinut kuolla kuulematta tätä levyä

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Could not get into it 3.5/10

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Really can't believe I listened all the way through.not long ago I wouldn't even bother. Must be getting old

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Well, I'll say this much; my mother loves him. Personally I can't bear him.

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Sometimes melodic, usually boring, and generally not my kind of music.

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I know its good but not my jam

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Another Country album! Still not my thing.

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All the respect in the world of willie but I just could not get into this

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Country isn’t my thing at all, but this was pretty mellow and easy going. A bit repetitive imho.

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Lonesome Rustic

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Not as good as the one I had earlier in the week.

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I really like willie nelson, but must admit this one is a bit boring.

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Almost fell asleep. Not bad for a slow country album, but not my cup of whiskey.

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Eh, it's country. Don't get me wrong, if I have to listen to country, Willie's a good choice. But it's country.

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Het album klinkt effectief als een verhaal, met terug kerende melodietjes. Verder vind ik er weinig aan

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I don't think I'm the target demographic for US country, but I can appreciate Willie It just wasn't for me

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Too country and western for me. This is Yankee Doodle do music for yanks!

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Didn't like it Very boring

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Not for me.

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Sounds nice and sounds like Willie Nelson. It's just not for me.

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Ik heb een soort zwak voor willie Nelson, maar niet voor deze plaat.

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Dit begon aardig maar na een paar nummers had ik wel genoeg gehoord. En nadat Nieke in al haar fanatisme de plaat daarna nog 3x had opgezet, was voor mij de lol er compleet af ;-)

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This album was not really that great in my opinon but thats coming from someone who doesnt really like country. 3/10

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Guitar and vocals were enjoyable, but I’m not a fan of the saloon piano

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Nope. Too country.

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Just no

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Ouf, pas une écoute facile celui-là. Je n’aime pas le country, sauf quelques exceptions et cet album n’en est pas une et ce n’est pas lui qui va me faire apprécier le style. C’est peut-être un bon album pour les amateurs du genre, mais ce n’est pas pour moi.

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Ouf. C’est bien senti par contre. On sent l’authenticité.

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Look, I like Willie Nelson. He's a cool guy (I assume) and I want to like this, but I just don't care for it. There's some decent tunes here and there, I just can't get into anything country related...

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Ugh.

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More country more bore

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