Willie Nelson – Shotgun Willie



Analogue Productions (Atlantic 75 Series)

Catalog number

AAPA 045-45




45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs


US Streetdate

August 9th 2024

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  • Analogue Productions (Atlantic 75 Series)
  • Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Atlantic Records!
  • Willie Nelson's breakthrough solo album!
  • 180-gram 45 RPM double LP
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
  • Gatefold old-style "tip-on" jacket by Stoughton Printing

Before Shotgun Willie, Willie Nelson had struggled to gain widespread recognition as a solo artist, despite having written many successful songs for other artists. Nelson’s big break came when he signed with Atlantic Records in 1973. The pivotal moment in his career came after Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler, known for his work with artists like Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, took an interest in Nelson’s music. Wexler saw potential in Nelson’s unique approach to country music and signed him to the label. With the creative freedom offered by Atlantic Records, Nelson was able to record Shotgun Willie with the artistic freedom he had long desired. The album’s unconventional sound and honest lyrics resonated with both critics and fans.

Shotgun Willie marked a new beginning for Willie Nelson’s career, and it set the stage for his subsequent albums and his emergence as one of the most influential and iconic figures in the history of country music. The recording was one of the first albums of outlaw country — a new subgenre of country music and an alternative to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound, the dominant style in the genre at the time

The album — the first to feature Nelson with long hair and a beard on the cover — gained him the interest of younger audiences. It peaked at No. 41 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and the songs “Shotgun Willie” and “Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)” peaked at Nos. 60 and 22 on Hot Country Songs respectively.

We are so pleased to bring you this deluxe 180-gram 45 RPM 2LP Analogue Productions (Atlantic 75 Series) reissue of the timeless Willie Nelson classic, Shotgun Willie. Cue it up and prepare to be transported!

Side 1

Shotgun Willie
Whiskey River
Sad Songs And Waltzes

Side 2

Local Memory
Slow Down Old World
Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)

Side 3

Devil In A Sleepin’ Bag
She’s Not For You
Bubbles In My Beer

Side 4

You Look Like The Devil
So Much To Do
A Song For You

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