A new vinyl box set will celebrate Willie Nelson’s 60 years as a recording artist with a career-spanning collection that brings together seven of the country legend’s essential albums.
Vinyl me, please VMP Anthology: The Willie Nelson Story spans from the 1965s Country Willie (his own songs) to a quartet of masterpieces – 1971 yesterday’s wine1975s red headed alien1978 Stardust and 1982 Always in my mind – and a pair of career-ending triumphs, 1993 beyond the border and the album of stars 2012 Hero.
The limited edition Willie Nelson’s Story — available for pre-order now – boasts nine LPs in total, each pressed on a variety of 180-gram color vinyl and mastered by Bernie Grundman. Like previous VMP anthologies, the collection is housed in a commemorative box complete with a book full of liner notes, photos, and lyrics. In addition, a podcast will accompany Willie Nelson’s Story which devotes an episode to each of the group’s albums.
After a successful stint as a songwriter, Nelson released his debut album …And then I wrote in September 1962. “Sixty years ago, Willie Nelson – one of America’s national treasures – made his LP debut and in the years that followed changed both country music and tradition writing American songs again and again,” Andrew Winistorfer, VMP & Country’s classics director and author of the anthology’s listening notes, said in a statement.
“On nearly 100 albums, Willie Nelson has written about life, love, death, and the American experience. VMP Anthology: The Willie Nelson Story aims to honor his indelible legacy through his most influential and significant albums from the start of his career until today.
Subscription service Vinyl Me, Please has previously ventured into country music with a Record of the Month series that debuted in February 2021 with Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Jail and Nelson’s Willie Rifle.
Last week, Nelson performed her first full public concert since the death of her sister and bandmate Bobbie Nelson.
VMP Anthology: The Willie Nelson Story
1. Country Willie (his own songs) (1965)
2. yesterday’s wine (1971)
3. red headed alien (1975)
4. Stardust (1978)
5. Always in my mind (1982)
6. beyond the border (1993)
7. Hero (2012)