Willie Nelson The Troublemaker

The Troublemaker
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  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.

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Dirty Linen - p.64
"Nelson and crew certainly succeeded....Sister Bobbi's piano tinklings singularly place these proceedings in a bleached-white, clapboard church standing on the hot Texas plains."


  • 1.Uncloudy Day
  • 2.When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
  • 3.Whispering Hope
  • 4.There Is A Fountain
  • 5.Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  • 6.The Troublemaker
  • 7.In The Garden
  • 8.Where The Soul Never Dies
  • 9.Sweet Bye & Bye
  • 10.Shall We Gather
  • 11.Precious Memories
  • 12.The Troublemaker (Live)
  • 13.Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Live)
  • 14.When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder (Live)
  • 15.Amazing Grace (Live)

Product Description:

Includes four bonus tracks.
Personnel: Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar); Larry Gatlin (guitar, background vocals); James Clayton Day (steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, dobro); Johnny Gimble (mandolin, fiddle); Doug Sahm (fiddle, background vocals); Bobbie Nelson (piano); Jeff Gutcheon (organ); Bee Spears (bass guitar); Paul English (drums); Dee Moeller, Sammi Smith, B.W. Stevenson (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Rich Kienzle.
Willie Nelson has a reputation as an outlaw, and his fabled brushes with law and order are a part of the public record, so from its title, one might suspect that 1976's THE TROUBLEMAKER is chock-full of songs about getting into trouble. But one would be wrong. There is no "Whiskey River" here. In fact, the record's lone rebel song is the haunting, spare title track, whose central character is "nothin' but the troublemakin' kind," and ends up nailed to a cross at Calvary.
This is a sincerely religious record. Typical song titles are: "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" and "Where the Soul Never Dies." Sin, salvation, and eternal life are recurring themes. And yet, because Nelson has a way of making anything he touches his own, this album can be enjoyed simply on its musical merits. The songs themselves--some traditional, some not--have the familiarity of psalms--country-inflected, extremely hummable psalms. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" will be familiar to many, and "Uncloudy Day" went to number four on the country and western charts, but after one listen, you'll know the chorus to nearly all of these stirring tunes.

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Under-Appreciated Classic Music Lover: from ORLANDO, FL US -- August, 31, 2012

"The Troublemaker" is among Willie's finest LP's. Released in 1976 following "Red Headed Stranger" ('75) and "Sound in Your Mind" ('76) and before "To Lefty From Willie" ('77), "Waylon & Willie" ('78) and "Stardust" ('78), this LP/CD didn't gather the popularity that the music deserves. Willie and his band (along with studio guests) play traditional hymns in an upbeat style similar to what you'd expect on "Live From Texas Opera House" or other '70's live recordings. I believe this suffered from licensing issues because the CD frequently went out of print. Nor did the subject matter (entirely hymns) help the LP/CD catch on with broader audiences. Essential Willie CD and a favorite for 10 - 20 years.

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  • UPC: 886972361727
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