Willie Nelson – Phases and Stages – New 2LP - RSD24

Willie Nelson – Phases and Stages – New 2LP - RSD24

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Format: New & Sealed 2LP Label: Rhino/Atlantic Cat. No: Barcode: 0603497827176 Released: 20/04/2024 2LP – 140g black vinyl
LP labels, CMYK
Black poly sleeves
Double pocket gatefold jacket, prints 4/0 with Matte UV on heavyweight board
Shrink wrap
Marketing sticker. Willie Nelson’s 1974 classic, celebrating its 50th Anniversary in March, just prior to RSD
If Shotgun Willie played a bit like a concept album, Phases and Stages was a full-blown one, tracing the dissolution of a marriage and devoting one side to the wife's perspective, the second to the husband's….Phases and Stages is easily the equal of its remarkable predecessor, a wonderful set of music that resonates deeply, as deeply as the words. Make no mistake -- the deceptively relaxed arrangements, including the occasional strings, not only highlight Nelson's clever eclecticism, but they also heighten the emotional impact of the album.

And this is a hell of an emotional record, where even each side's celebratory honky tonk numbers (the medley "Sister's Coming Home/Down at the Corner Beer Joint" and "Pick Up the Tempo," respectively) are muted by sadness. Then, there are the centerpieces: "Walkin'," where the woman decides it's time to move on; "Pretend I Never Happened," perhaps the coldest ending to a relationship ever written; "Bloody Mary Morning," a bleary-eyed morning-after tale that became a standard; "It's Not Supposed to Be That Way," a nearly unbearably melancholy account of a love gone wrong; and "Heaven and Hell," a waltz summary of the relationship. Any two of these would have formed a strong core for an album, but placed together in a narrative context, their impact is even more considerable. As a result, this is not just one of Willie Nelson's best records, but one of the great concept albums overall.

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