Willie Nelson: And Then I Wrote (45rpm-edition)

"Hello Walls", "Crazy", "Funny How Time Slips Away". These are some of the most memorable hits in the Willie Nelson songwriting canon. One of the most important musical artists in American history, a first-name giant like Elvis and Ella, Willie scored these and more hits with his debut album — "... And Then I Wrote". 
In 1961 Willie Nelson was finally in Nashville and tasting success after years of scraping by in various locales, on his gift for making heartaches and memories rhyme. Nelson's songs became huge hits for Patsy Cline, Faron Young and Billy Walker, respectively. The royalty checks — fat ones — were rolling in.
But Willie wanted more. These songs were his essence, and he wanted country music fans to know they poured out of his soul. The next fall, in 1962, he debuted his first full-length album with Liberty Records. It was perhaps the most accomplished debut album in history.
How best to apply the Analogue Productions reissue treatment to such a historic veteran country classic? Well, for starters, there was no doubt this classic deserved the wider-spaced grooves, improved cartridge tracking, and noticable reductions in distortion and high frequency loss that are testament to a 45rpm four-sided AP reissue. So four glorious sides of 180-gram dead-silent vinyl pressed by our own Quality Record Pressings it would have to be. And the mastering? Top-notch marks there as well. The capable hands of our engineer Matthew Lutthans at The Mastering Lab by Acoustic Sounds working with the original master tape sounds amazing. The Mastering Lab by Acoustic Sounds upholds the quality standard achieved by the late Grammy-winning mastering engineer Doug Sax that made the brand famous.
It wasn't just the songs on the album that ascended to the country canon, including the three previously mentioned hits that appear back-to-back, but the deep cuts like "Mr. Record Man", "Undo The Right", and "Wake Me When It's Over". " ... And Then I Wrote" isn't just one of the greatest debuts of all time — it's one of the best singer-songwriter records ever recorded.
The sheen of the Nashville sound on this record is mercifully dialed down. It was produced by the head of Liberty's country division, Joe Allison, partly in Music Row's famous Quonset Hut studio and partly in Hollywood. Allison appreciated Willie's idiosyncratic singing style and kept his vocals out front, dropping the glossy chorus back in the mix and eschewing strings altogether.
The album produced one Top Ten single ("Touch Me"), yet none of the other three singles made the charts. Yet if it were released today, people would mistake it for a Willie's Greatest Hits record.
Patsy Cline released her definitive version of "Crazy" in 1961, and in the years since it's been recorded by dozens of artists and it's the song that would take him from poet-picker to a composer worthy of inclusion in the Great American Songbook. The Analogue Productions reissue of " .. And Then I Wrote" will find its place of honor at the top of the most cherished LPs in your music collection.

 

Willie Nelson: And Then I Wrote (45rpm-edition)

₹7,300.00Price

10/2021