Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) [Bonus Tracks]

Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) [Bonus Tracks]

by Willie NelsonWillie Nelson

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Originally issued in 1981 as a double-vinyl LP, Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) didn't quite live up to the parenthetical part of its title -- only the bristling ballad "Heartaches of a Fool" became a charted single. But that technicality proved a moot point, since the album itself spent 4 weeks atop the chart and 371 weeks traversing its ranks. Comprised of cuts from 11 of the 13 albums Willie had then cut for Columbia, this collection offers up the silver-maned outlaw in all of his stylistic modes, but more important, it is driven by certifiable classics in any style: "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," and "On the Road Again." Just as crucial are a live version of "Whiskey River"; a version of "Help Me Make It Through the Night" that features its writer, Kris Kristofferson, on background vocals; and a beautiful duet with honky-tonkin' compadre Ray Price on Bob Wills's "Faded Love," with Crystal Gayle on harmonies. On a stunning live version of Rodney Crowell's elegant "Till I Gain Control Again," Nelson finds hidden wells of emotion buried in the lyrics -- and ballast from the gospel-like harmonies of a female chorus. The original 20-song track list is supplemented by 3 bonus cuts, including an exquisite, jazz-inflected, string-laden version of Gerald Marks's pop evergreen "All of Me," one of Willie's earliest forays into the classic American songbook. Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) reveals an artist fully formed and comfortable in his own skin, making for a listen that's hard to beat, no matter the genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998674127
catalogNumber: 86741
Rank: 554

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Crystal Gayle   Background Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Kris Kristofferson   Background Vocals
Leon Russell   Keyboards,Vocals
Doug Sahm   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Sammi Smith   Background Vocals
Jimmy Day   Dobro,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Larry Gatlin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Jim Boatman   Background Vocals
Moses Calderon   Keyboards,Vibes
Ambrose Campbell   Percussion
Paul English   Drums
Chris Ethridge   Bass
John Gallie   Organ
Marty Grebb   Saxophone
Jeff Gutcheon   Organ
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Piano
Bucky Meadows   Guitar
Jody Payne   Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Bee Spears   Bass
Rex Ludwig   Drums
Bobbie Nelson   Piano
Dee Moeller   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ed Bruce   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Waylon Jennings   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer,Producer
Johnnie Lee Wills   Composer
Gregg Allman   Composer
Jimmy Buffett   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Leon Russell   Producer
Lee Clayton   Composer
Johnny Bush   Composer
Jimmy Beck   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Fred Foster   Composer
Steven Fromholz   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Robert Payne   Composer
Sydney Pollack   Producer
Sharon Rice   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Billy Jack Wills   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Johnny Whiteside   Liner Notes
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Brian Hagiwara   Illustrations,Cover Art
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Paul Stroud   Composer
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
Patsy Bruce   Composer
Dub Dickerson   Composer
Triana DOrazio   Packaging Manager
Jim Beck   Composer
J. B. Shinn   Composer
Bo Wiseman   Composer
S. Rice   Composer
L. Clayton   Composer

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