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Willie Nelson – Yesterdays Wine (1971/2008) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Willie Nelson – Yesterdays Wine (1971/2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 30:11 minutes | 601 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RLG/BMG Heritage

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.

Though mid-’70s albums like Shotgun Willie and Red Headed Stranger are often held up as the finest examples of Willie Nelson’s album craft (showcasing the country legend exploring his chosen theme over the course of records that played like unified song suites), Yesterday’s Wine, their 1971 predecessor, should also take its rightful place among his best-loved works. A series of meditations on God, love, and aging, these songs are fragmented reflections on the life of Nelson’s “imperfect man” as he approaches death. Though the story isn’t as tightly constructed as that of Red Headed Stranger, this fact lends Yesterday’s Wine a feeling of malleability that adds to its power. At the album’s heart are “Summer of Roses,” “December Day,” and the title track — songs that detail a sense of longing and loss with the changing seasons mirroring the narrator’s own life. Throughout, the outlaw subtext Nelson would become associated with a few years later is replaced by an underlying religious faith. While there may not be any songs here of the same caliber as “Whiskey River” (Shotgun Willie) or “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” (Red Headed Stranger), many of the numbers stand on their own, outside the album context. “Family Bible,” “Me and Paul,” and the title track are all particularly fine examples of Nelson’s songcraft. As a whole, Yesterday’s Wine provides further insight into the development of his art during this prolific period. ~~AllMusic Review by Nathan Bush

1 Intro-Willie Nelson & Band, Medley: Where’s The Snow/Let Me Be A Man 3:37
2 In God’s Eyes 2:19
3 Family Bible 3:09
4 It’s Not For Me To Understand 3:01
5 Medley: Theses Are Difficult Times/Remember The Good Times 3:12
6 Summer Of Roses 2:03
7 December Day 2:17
8 Yesterday’s Wine 3:12
9 Me And Paul 3:48
10 Goin’ Home 3:05

Willie Nelson – Vocals, Guitar
William Paul Ackerman, Jerry Carrigan – Drums
Roy M. “Junior” Huskey – Bass
Dave Kirby – Guitar
Charlie McCoy – Harmonica
Weldon Myrick – Steel Guitar
Hargus “Pig” Robbins – Organ, Piano
Jerry Lee Smith – Piano
Norman Spicher – Fiddle
Jerry Stembridge – Guitar
Bobby Thompson – Banjo
Herman Wade – Guitar
Chip Young – Guitar
Dave Zettner – Guitar


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