Willie Nelson - Stardust


Analogue Productions



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AAPP 116-45
UPC: 753088011610
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45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

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Editor's Pick, Recording Of The Month — Stereophile, March 2018!

Willie's 1978 take on his favorite pop standards

Includes his classic versions of "Stardust" "Georgia On My Mind" and others

Mastered from the original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman

180-gram double LPs plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings!

Heavyweight gatefold tip-on old-style jacket from Stoughton Printing

"While more expensive, Analogue Productions' 45RPM reissue makes the piano seem more life-sized and restores all the overtones missing from the earlier reissues — all the while delivering enhanced percussion detail and tauter bass. I'm certain that somewhere ahead of the master tape, recording engineers Bradley Hartman and Donivan Cowart slowed down the tape in places for effect. Listen to the opening bars of 'September Song' where the knobs got turned a little too slow. No matter. Analogue Productions' Stardust again earns a super disc designation by today's higher standards." — 5/5 stars, Dennis Davis, vinylreviews.com. Read the whole review here.

"This is a vocal record that even opera lovers treasure. ... these were unexpected vocal knockouts from a shaggy source. ... The 45 RPM pressing on 180g vinyl shows the impeccable care that Analogue Productions lavishes on all its reissues. The higher speed means shorter sides (in this case, 45 minutes of music spread over two discs), and while it may be an audio mirage, the sound is more alive, more present than on a 33 1/3 RPM LP." — Editor's Pick, Recording Of The Month — Performance = 5/5; Sonics = 5/5 — Robert Baird, Stereophile, March 2018

Willie Nelson has long been honored as a genuine legend, and his songs and concerts are loved worldwide. Though his roots are in country, Willie's musical influences are as broad as the Texas skies, unlimited to any one genre.

"These are my favorite songs. My favorite all-time songs," Willie says. "I knew there were millions of people who liked these songs and would love to hear them again. I grew up with them... they're some of the first songs I learned to play."

Here is the familiar Stardust, yet in a way so striking from any versions that have come before. For starters, for this Analogue Productions reissue we turned to the masters, literally. We insisted on the master tapes and no less a skilled mastering engineer than the award-winning Bernie Grundman to cut the lacquers for this project. Then, naturally, we put Gary Salstrom and his crew at Quality Record Pressings to work to plate and press the finest-sounding 180-gram LPs. We bring them to you housed in a heavyweight tip-on, old style gatefold jacket from Stoughton Printing. Unmatched quality; unmatched sound — that's the way Analogue Productions rolls.

It turned out that Willie had some convincing to do to get his record label on board with Stardust. "Why be predictable?" Willie asked Columbia Records executive Nick Blackburn, after the latter resisted the Red Headed Strangers decision to make an album of classic pop tunes.

Willie ultimately scored big-time with this quintessential addition to his album catalog. The songs — Moonlight in Vermont, All of Me, Don't Get Around Much Anymore — are lovingly arranged here by Booker T. Jones of Green Onions fame and recorded in Nelson's inimitable style in Emmylou Harris' house.

Booker T's trademark sound set the mood for the sessions. Willie and cohorts mine a mellow groove here, sounding as if Willie is at home, sitting on his porch overlooking the beautiful Texas hill country.

Nelson's Stardust remains a genius-level creation as well as the icon's most commercially successful release, a truly gorgeous record infused with ultimate respect for composers and lyrics and many of the finest performances of Willie's career.

1. Stardust
2. Georgia on My Mind
3. Blue Skies
4. All of Me
5. Unchained Melody
6. September Song
7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
8. Moonlight in Vermont
9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
10. Someone to Watch over Me

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 9 person(s) rated this product.

Stardust Starry Night

posted on 11/02/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: JT
Even if you don't like country, this is one cool sounding record. You won't be disappointed. The vocals are warm with an in the room like sound.

Knock Your Socks Off

posted on 03/22/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: JoeB
This is my new Favorite Album. I like some of Willie's music but the reviews were so good I decided to give it a try. Beautiful songs with super quiet play, no distortions. My wife isn't crazy about Willie but had to admit it is a great list of songs and done well by Willie.

Simply Beautiful

posted on 02/13/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: LAH
Chances are, if you're here reading a review, you already know how beautiful this record is. I played this 45RPM version after listening to an original pressing and I was BLOWN AWAY. It's like Willie is in the room with you. You can even hear the strain on his voice in some tracks where he was pressing and not 100%. You can hear the finger striking the guitar and the shower-recorded harmonica solos never sounded so sublime.

This was worth the money and then some. Do yourself a favor and order it. You won't be disappointed.

A true masterpiece!

posted on 07/09/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Scott Moyer
One of the most incredible sounding records I’ve ever heard! The piano sounds like it’s right beside you and the harmonica (recorded in a tiled shower in Emmylou Harris’ house) is sublime… deep tight bass and the legend Willie Nelson round out the sonic delights. The master Bernie Grundman has surpassed all my expectations… thank you Analogue Productions for creating a true masterpiece from a legendary album!

Great - Top Top Top

posted on 05/10/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Donatello Masellis
It sounds greatly...it seems that Willie is in my room to sing for me. Great job. Congratulations.

Willie Is In the Room

posted on 11/11/2021
5 Stars
Excellent pressing by AP. A must have for all you Willkie fans out there.


posted on 09/13/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: sam surloff
this recording is phenomenal -- I am mesmerized listening to it now

can't recommend it highly enough if you love willie -- even if you don't

Your own private Willie Nelson concert.

posted on 04/03/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Reilly Hamer
Hard to believe mine is the first review for this amazing album since its release on QRP last year! Not to mention its spot on Acoustic Sounds' bestseller list for quite some time. Be that as it may, this 45 rpm release is the next best thing to having Willie Nelson in the room with you-seriously. Side One alone- featuring 'Stardust' and 'Georgia On My Mind' are worth the price. If you like Willie, this is must buy.

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