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VOL № CW034 — December 2023

Willie Nelson & Family

Willie Nelson
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Sound-wise, 1971’s Willie Nelson & Family is no different than the 11 studio albums that precede it: They are awash in the Countrypolitan sound, with strings, horns and backing singers. But the version of ‘’Sunday Mornin,'' complete with its guitar solo — one of the first on Nelson’s legendary Trigger guitar — feels like the first act of defiance and a statement of intent. ‘’If Kris Kristofferson can do this, I can do it too,'' Nelson seemed to be saying. Within 18 months, he’d be in New York making Shotgun Willie, free to follow his muse wherever he went, cementing Kristofferson’s outlaw country jumpoff point. And that’s why Willie Nelson & Family is such an interesting artifact: It’s the last album Willie made in his ‘’Before'' timeline; it’s the point ...

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1 LP
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Campfire Quad
Tip-On; Single
Mastering Studio
Sterling Sound
Mastering Engineer
Ryan Smith
Remastering Details
(AAA) Lacquers Cut From Tapes by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound
Listening Notes Booklet by Andrew Winistorfer
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