The Bottom Line
- "I've Just Destroyed The World"
- "The Local Memory"
- "Darkness On The Face Of The Earth"
- Willie and his guitar, selling songs to Nashville.
- Includes Willie's original demo of the Patsy Cline hit, "Crazy."
- Excellent example of Willie's early style.
Guide Review - Willie Nelson - Crazy: The Demo Sessions
Willie arrived in Nashville in 1960 and by 1962 was a well-respected songwriter, having penned hits for Faron Young, Patsy Cline, and Ray Price, but he could not break through as a recording artist. His unique sound and style was ill-suited for the heavy production and string arrangements Nashville was embracing in the early 60's, and despite a sound that was as true and real as Willie himself, he did not work well with the Countrypolitan "Nashville Sound," and his music didn't sell until he took up his own reins and produced the masterpiece, "Red Headed Stranger."
The expansive and informative liner notes tell the story of Willie Nelson in a few crisp, well-written paragraphs, including the comment that these early demos closely resemble the music he would release fourteen years later on "Red Headed Stranger." It seems obvious that Willie always knew exactly how he wanted to sound and what he wanted to produce, but he was pounding his head on a honky-tonk door Nashville had closed. Willie isn't a diamond; he's more of a tiger's eye; rougher, simpler, but every bit as beautiful in the right setting.