The Bottom Line
- "Time of the Preacher"
- "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain"
- Classic concept album released in 1975, digitally remastered with 4 unreleased bonus tracks.
- Contains Willie's first-ever #1 hit, "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain."
- Went to #1 on the country charts, #28 on the pop charts.
Guide Review - Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger
Willie produced and arranged this labor of love himself. After two decades of hard work in Nashville, he'd finally bucked the system that kept trying to make him into the slick image of Jim Reeves or Eddy Arnold, and he did music his way, as Willie. No string section. No choral harmonics. No pop. Just Willie, his guitar, some truly select musicians, largely acoustic, such as Paul english, Jody Payne, and Bucky Meadows.
One of my favorite all-time albums quite obviously took its inspiration from this Willie classic, Marty Stuart's sadly less successful "The Pilgrim." These days it's a lot harder to take a concept album to radio, much less the charts. It's unlikely any modern artistical concept disc could be as successful commerically as "Stranger." But oh, if only they would still try!