The Troublemaker [Bonus Tracks]

The Troublemaker [Bonus Tracks]

by Willie NelsonWillie Nelson

CD(Bonus Tracks / Reissue)

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Suffice it to say that if Willie Nelson's intention was to make his first gospel album a re-creation of a Southern Baptist revival service, he did it in grand style on The Troublemaker, recorded in 1973 but not released until 1976. Four bonus live tracks only enhance the album's appeal, but the studio cuts gain their power from the reverence and respect afforded them by both Nelson's vocal approach and the band's subtle, low-key support. The texts are right out of the essential hymnal. A stately reading of "In the Garden" is keyed by Willie's resonant gut-string guitar soloing. On a tender version of "Sweet Bye & Bye," his rhythmic testimonial is buttressed by his sister Bobbie's romping church piano and, on the triumphant choruses, a gospel choir (its membership includes Doug Sahm, Sammie Smith, and a young Larry Gatlin). "Shall We Gather" picks up the pace on the strength of Bobbie's jubilant barrelhouse 88s and Mickey Raphael's piercing harmonica moans behind Willie's reverent vocal treatment. A seven-and-a-half-minute rendition of "Precious Memories" is a model of dignified restraint, as Willie savors each phrase and the band hums along on the strength of Bobbie's stark, somber piano solo, James Clayton Day's otherworldly pedal steel moans, and Willie's nearly song-length solo on his gut-string. Of more recent vintage, the title track, which Willie performs with only sporadic fills from his acoustic guitar, is an account of Christ's arrest on unspecified charges (his shaggy appearance and anti-establishment stance turn the populace against him) and subsequent execution on Calvary. Deep and stirring, The Troublemaker occupies an honored place in Willie's catalogue. Praise the Lord, it's back.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972361727
catalogNumber: 723617
Rank: 37273

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Mandolin
B.W. Stevenson   Background Vocals
Doug Sahm   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Sammi Smith   Background Vocals
Jimmy Day   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Larry Gatlin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Paul English   Drums
Jeff Gutcheon   Organ
Bee Spears   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bobbie Nelson   Piano
Dee Moeller   Background Vocals
James Clayton Day   Dobro,Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Willie Nelson   Arranger,Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Bruce Belland   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Lewis Hahn   Remixing
Arif Mardin   Producer,Audio Production
John Newton   Composer
Gene Paul   Engineer
Dave Somerville   Composer
Harry Von Tilzer   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
M. Christian   Composer
Traditional   Composer
C. Austin Miles   Composer
Norm Elrod   Packaging Manager
W. M. Golden   Composer

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