Denver, CO — March 22, 2022 — Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) today announces VMP Anthology: The Story of Willie Nelson to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first LP released by the legendary Willie Nelson. This exclusive, limited-edition seven-album, nine-LP vinyl box set takes listeners on an immersive experience through the vast discography of Willie Nelson, one of the finest and most prolific contributors to American music.
VMP Anthology: The Story of Willie Nelson spans six decades of Willie Nelson’s career, spanning from his most well-known to the out-of-print and never-before-on-vinyl titles, from deep cuts in Willie’s discography like Country Willie and Across the Borderline, to some of his most towering artistic and commercial peaks like Red Headed Stranger and Always on My Mind. Each record comes on 180g exclusive color vinyl and is housed in a high-quality commemorative box designed by VMP’s Art Director Clay Conder and inspired by the Outlaw Country album covers, tour posters, and wanted posters of the early-mid 70s. The albums are remastered from original audio sources with lacquers cut at GZ, and mastered by Bernie Grundman. The Anthology is accompanied by a Listening Notes booklet featuring photos and lyrics, and a podcast series to serve as a definitive guide to each album.
“60 years ago, Willie Nelson – one of America’s national treasures – made his debut LP and in the years since, he’s changed both country music and the American songwriting tradition again and again,” said Andrew Winistorfer, VMP’s Director of Classics & Country and author of the Anthology’s Listening Notes. “Across close to 100 LPs, Willie Nelson has written about life, love, death, and the American experience. VMP Anthology: The Story of Willie Nelson aims to honor his indelible legacy through his most influential, important albums from the beginning of his career to today.”
- Country Willie (His Own Songs) (1965)
- Yesterday’s Wine (1971)
- Red-Headed Stranger (1975)
- Stardust (1978)
- Always on My Mind (1982)
- Across the Borderline (1993)
- Heroes (2012)
Willie Nelson’s latest studio album titled A Beautiful Time will also arrive on Friday, April 29th to time with his 89th Birthday. The new release will be available on vinyl (black vinyl as well as an exclusive orange vinyl edition for Barnes & Noble), CD, and digital formats (including in spatial hi-res audio in Atmos and 360RA formats).
VMP Anthology is a reinvented, immersive box set experience for music fans willing to journey beyond the liner notes. Each Anthology features expert storytelling, exclusive inserts, and a collectors-edition vinyl box set. The Story of Willie Nelson is the thirteenth VMP Anthology release. Prior to this, VMP released Anthologies honoring The Grateful Dead, Blue Note Records, the Women of Motown, Ghostly International, Stax Records, Zamrock, Tribe Records, Herbie Hancock, Metal Blade Records, Vanguard Records, Philadelphia International Records, and Quincy Jones.