- Released: April 1, 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Uncut - 3/04, p.1065 stars out of 5
- "YESTERDAY'S WINE is one of the bridges Nelson crossed en route to megastardom."
- 1.Intro / Where's The Show / Let Me Be A Man
- 2.In God's Eyes
- 3.Family Bible
- 4.It's Not For Me To Understand
- 5.These Are Difficult Times / Remember The Good Times
- 6.Summer Of Roses
- 7.December Day
- 8.Yesterday's Wine
- 9.Me And Paul
- 10.Goin' Home
Personnel: Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar); Jerry Stembridge, Herman Wade, Jr., Dave Kirby, David Zettner (guitar); Weldon Myrick (steel guitar); Bobby Thompson (banjo); Norman K. Spicher (fiddle); Charlie McCoy (harmonica); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano, organ); Roy M. Huskey, Jr. (bass); Willie Ackerman, Jerry Carrigan (drums).
Recorded at RCA's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee in May 1971.
Includes liner notes by Rich Kienzle.
Originally released on RCA.
Liner Note Author: Rich Kienzle.
Recording information: RCA's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, TN (05/03/1971); RCA's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, TN (05/04/1971).
Originally released in 1971, YESTERDAY'S WINE was Willie Nelson's final album at RCA Records, for whom he recorded between 1965 and 1971. The album also marked Willie's farewell from Nashville--after a frustrating decade in Music City, Nelson packed up and moved back to Texas before YESTERDAY'S WINE was released. Adding to its historical significance, YESTERDAY'S WINE is also the first Willie Nelson "concept" album and thus paved the way for PHASES AND STAGES, RED HEADED STRANGER, and other Nelson classics.
YESTERDAY'S WINE tells the story of a man watching his own funeral and reflecting on his life. The album includes a number of Nelson standards, among them the title track, "Family Bible," "December Day," and a perfect kiss-off to Nashville, "Me and Paul." The all-star studio band includes "Pig" Robbins on piano, Charlie McCoy on harmonica and Roy Huskey Jr. on bass, but because Nelson wrote most of the material the weekend prior to recording, both the playing and arrangements are muted. A great album that foreshadows the path Nelson would follow to superstardom.