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Nite Life: Greatest Hits and Rare Tracks, 1959-1971
Genres: Country, Pop
Five producers are represented in this sampler of pre-superstar Willie, including RCA titan Chet Atkins. (For a more thorough overview of Nelson's RCA years, investigate The Essential Willie Nelson.) The great appeal of th... more »
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Five producers are represented in this sampler of pre-superstar Willie, including RCA titan Chet Atkins. (For a more thorough overview of Nelson's RCA years, investigate The Essential Willie Nelson.) The great appeal of this 18-song collection, however, lies in its scope. By the time he'd signed with RCA in 1964, Nelson was established as a proficient Music City songsmith whose own recordings were frustratingly underappreciated. While the likes of "Nite Life," "Hello Walls," "Funny How Time Slips Away," and "Crazy" (all represented here) may have been country hits for others (Ray Price, Faron Young, Billy Walker, and Patsy Cline, respectively), young Willie's takes reflect his remarkable talents as a vocalist. Then, too, there are the likes of the obscure "Opportunity to Cry," as dark a song as ever came out of Nashville. Nite Life presents a trailbreaker in the making, providing a perspective on an essential phase in Nelson's development. --Steven Stolder
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Record Review from a Lover of True Music.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not a professinal critic are even an amature one,but after reading the rating above I had to write in my "Two Cent's". This is an exellent overview of Willie's career in the early day's. Willie's songwriting is pure genius.Willie was first a Texas-Born Songwriter,who moved to Nashville to make a career in the music bussiness,and as these Brillently Crafted song's prove,was a success.Just really give "Am I Blue", "Touch Me" or "Opportunity To Cry" a Good listen.We have all heard Patsy Cline's version of "Crazy" and it's Beautiful!So is Willie's.Faron Young is exellent on Willie's "Hello Wall's".Willie is too, Willie Nelson is an Inavator in this craft,His song's come straight from the heart,and these song's serve as Great Landmark's In music History,and the beginning of one of Music's most Talented Artist. I am Lucky to be from Austin, Where I've grown up with Willie. If you Love Real Music, You'll Love this more and more with each Listen.This is a must have recording,If not on this C.D.- you must have Willie singing his Great Old Song's on one of his Box Set's. Let this music take you deeper and deeper into Texas Music,You Will Not Be Disappointed, Promise."
My Favorite Years of Willie's Career
W. David Ferrell | West Virginia | 03/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, so I know I'm not the avarage Country Music Fan, but these songs represent my favorite music by Willie Nelson. "What A Way To Live" is a song many people may know from the 1994 Mark Chesnut album by the same title... Here you have the original version. "Nite Life" is early Willie at his best, and "Rainy Day Blues" is about as "bluesy" as it gets. "Everything But You" and ""Mr. Record Man" are classic honky-tonk shuffles. Of corse, "Hello Walls" "Crazy" and "Funny How Time Slips Away" are all classic "Willie" songs that others had the hits on, but any one of these could've been the song that launched Willie's incredible hit making career if the record companies had only released them as singles. Another hi-lite of this CD is Willie's own unique version of "San Antonio Rose", done here in an almost '60's rock style. While Bob Wills surely would NOT have done it this way, it works for Willie. Well, enough said... buy this one. It's more than worth it. This is some of the best Willie Nelson music you will ever hear."
A Curiosity, Yet One of Willie's Best
Bradley F. Smith | Miami Beach, FL | 12/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Admittedly, I haven't heard everything in Willie's huge cataloge. But listening to this, I'm struck by how strong his voice was in the early '60s when these seminal tunes were cut. These are all wonderful genre-bending songs, relaxed, down and full of soul, with Willie's trademark, just-behind-the-beat vocal phrasing, the kind of thing jazz singers have long done. Accompaniments are generally just right, spare, bluesy and loose. Nothing here is dated. If you're a "Stardust" fan or a newcomer to Willie, you'll be greatly surprised by just how right this collection sounds. Pick it up, by all means. It's a total classic glimpse of, yes, a genius just starting out, but sounding like he's got the wisdom of an old man."