Willie Nelson ‎– Red Headed Stranger

Impex Records ‎– IMP6003, Columbia ‎– KC 33482
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, 180 gram

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A1 Time Of The Preacher
Written-By – W. Nelson*
A2 I Couldn't Believe It Was True
Written-By – E. Arnold*, W. Fowler*
A3 Time Of The Preacher Theme
Written-By – W. Nelson*
A4 Medley: Blue Rock Montana/Red Headed Stranger
Written-By – C. Stutz*, E. Lindeman*, W. Nelson*
A5 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Written-By – F. Rose*
A6 Red Headed Stranger
Written-By – C. Stutz*, E. Lindeman*
A7 Time Of The Preacher Theme
Written-By – W. Nelson*
A8 Just As I Am
Arranged By – W. Nelson*
B1 Denver
Written-By – W. Nelson*
B2 O'er The Waves
Arranged By – W. Nelson*
B3 Down Yonder
Written-By – L. W. Gilbert*
B4 Can I Sleep In Your Arms
Written-By – H. Cochran*
B5 Remember Me
Written-By – S. Wiseman*
B6 Hands On The Wheel
Written-By – W. Callery*
B7 Bandera
Written-By – W. Nelson*

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Impex Records 180 gram virgin vinyl numbered and limited to 2,000 pressings. Cut from the original analog master tapes at Sterling Sound, New York, New York.

Recorded at Autumn Sound Studios in Garland, Texas in April, 1975.

© 2010 Sony Music Entertainment. ℗ 1975 Sony Music Entertainment. Manufactured by Sony Music Entertainment/550 Madison Avenue. New York, NY 10022-3211

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker On Outer Plastic Bag): 725543953612
  • ASIN: B0047IIYWC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etching): IMP-6003-1 | AS-760688-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etching): IMP-6003-2 | BS-760688-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Pressing Plant Etching): 19067.1(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Pressing Plant Etching): 19067.2(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Mastering Stamp): Sterling

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KC 33482, C 33482 Willie Nelson Red Headed Stranger(LP, Album, Pit) Columbia, Columbia KC 33482, C 33482 US 1975 Sell This Version
KC 33482 Willie Nelson Red Headed Stranger(LP, Album) Columbia KC 33482 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CK 63589 Willie Nelson Red Headed Stranger(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 63589 US 2000 Sell This Version
SBP 234770 Willie Nelson Red Headed Stranger(LP, Album) CBS SBP 234770 Australia 1975 Sell This Version
CT 33482 Willie Nelson Red Headed Stranger(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Columbia, Lone Star CT 33482 US Unknown Sell This Version


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January 6, 2020
edited 9 months ago

What a fantastic album (1.849 overall rank best ever albums) and what a great pressing by RTI. Limited and numbered to 2.000 pressings, i have number 0162. Mastered @ Sterling Sound by George Marino.

Red Headed Stranger is the eighteenth studio album by American outlaw country singer Willie Nelson and released in 1975. After the wide success of his recordings with Atlantic Records, coupled with the negotiating skills of his manager, Neil Reshen, Nelson signed a contract with Columbia Records, a label that gave him total creative control over his works. The concept for the album was inspired by the "Tale of the Red Headed Stranger", a song that Nelson used to play as a disc jockey on his program in Fort Worth, Texas. After signing with Columbia, he decided to record the song, and arranged the details during his return to Austin, Texas from a trip to Colorado. It was recorded at low cost at Autumn Sound Studios in Garland, Texas. The songs featured sparse arrangements, largely limited to Nelson's guitar, piano and drums. Nelson presented the finished material to Columbia executives, who were dubious about releasing an album that they at first thought was a demo. However, Nelson had creative control, so no further production was added.

A concept album, Red Headed Stranger is about a fugitive on the run from the law after killing his wife and her lover. The content consists of songs with brief poetic lyrics and arrangements of older material such as Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", Wolfe Gilbert's "Down Yonder" and Juventino Rosas' "O'er the Waves". Despite Columbia's doubts and the limited instrumentation, Red Headed Stranger was a blockbuster among country music and mainstream audiences. It was certified multi-platinum, and made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. The cover of "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", released as a single previous to the album full release became Nelson's first number one hit. The title of the album would become a lasting nickname for Nelson. It was ranked #183 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time,[1] and number one on CMT's 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music. In 2010, it was inducted to the National Recording Registry.

In 1986, Nelson starred as the Red Headed Stranger in a movie of the same name, based on the story of the album. The album has had a strong cultural impact; the song "Time of the Preacher" was used often in the British television miniseries Edge of Darkness, and its lyrics were used in the first issue of the comic Preacher.


March 27, 2013
YUM! This record sounds amazing. I thought my old columbia release sounded great. This trumps it by a longshot. Get it!