Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.136Ranked #184
in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"
Rolling Stone - 7/20/00, p.1425 stars out of 5
- "...Equal parts redneck and hippie...[it] established Nelson's outlaw persona and put some guts back into country music..."
Uncut - p.145
"[A] pivotal album in the history of country music."
Magnet - pp.114-115
"[S]pare, contemplative....'Outlaw country' went on to become one of the most influential genres of the '70s..."
No Depression - 7-8/00, pp.90-2
"...A masterstroke....confirming his status as a major icon of American music."
Uncut (magazine) - p.66
"RED HEADED STRANGER was his masterpiece....The album was a bleak narrative about betrayal, revenge and redemption..."
Also available in a CD 3-pack with TO LEFTY FROM WILLIE and ALWAYS ON MY MIND. Also available with THE SOUND IN YOUR MIND on 1 cassette.
Although the artwork ties in with the 1987 movie of the same name, this is the original classic Willie Nelson album from 1975.
Personnel: Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar); Jody Payne (guitar, mandolin); Bucky Meadows (guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Bobbie Nelson (piano); Bee Spears (bass); Paul English, Billy English (drums).
Producer: Willie Nelson.
Reissue producer: Al Quaglieri.
Recorded at Autumn Sound Studios, Garland, Texas. Includes liner notes by Chet Flippo.
Digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
This is part of Legacy's American Milestones series.
Willie Nelson stopped shaving, grew his hair, ditched his suits and found acceptance with the hippies who bought the country rock of the Flying Burrito Brothers. Like TOMMY, RED HEADED STRANGER was a concept album, this time about a murderous preacher. His laid-back voice-and-guitar revival of "Blue Eyes Cryin' In The Rain" was a surprise US hit single, and Richard Thompson says, "I like the fact that he plays these terrible solos and leaves them alone, which takes a lot of guts these days."