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 "Crazy," "Hello Walls" and "Funny How Time Slips Away" 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, perhaps the most accomplished debut album in history. "For many of us born in the six decades since, it's impossible to imagine a world in which these songs didn't exist. If you grew up in Texas, they were likely just about everywhere: at ballgames and cookouts and weddings and funerals, on road trips and the radio and every jukebox you've ever flipped through," writes Texas Monthly.
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 noticeable reductions in distortion and high frequency loss that are testament to a 45 RPM 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.