RCA Records Label Nashville
2019 reissue, first country album to reach platinum sales mark!
Includes "Suspicious Minds," and "Good Hearted Woman."
In 1976, some of Music City's most eccentric, outside-the-box artists turned the town upside down, staging a commercial revolution against the Nashville establishment that resulted in a paradigm shift in country music. Ironically, they didn't even mean to do it.
Wanted! The Outlaws wasn't an album project that any of its participants thought to undertake. Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Tompall Glaser had all built their own brand of success, each of them largely isolated from the lush, string-laden sounds of much of Nashville's slick product: Nelson had re-located to Austin and used that base to release Red Headed Stranger, one of the most acclaimed country albums of all time — and one that his label hadn't wanted to release. Jennings had released Dreaming My Dreams, which he and Glaser recorded at Glaser's legendary studio, Hillbilly Central. And Glaser had experienced huge success, both in a group with his brothers and as a songwriter and producer; he had also scored a solo hit.
It's ironic, given the three's anti-establishment stance, that it was a company that put together the album that put them all over the top. RCA proposed the project to capitalize on the success that each of the performers was having; Jennings' wife, Jessi Colter, was also in on the project, fresh from her smash hit "I'm Not Lisa." Wanted! The Outlaws consisted of a selection of tracks that each artist had already released elsewhere, brought together in one collection and with a cover that played upon the outlaw images that the performers had cultivated.
And it worked: Released in January of 1976, the album rocketed to No. 1 on the country charts, and also reached No. 10 in the pop charts. Driven by the success of two hit singles — Jennings and Colter's "Suspicious Minds," and Jennings' "Good Hearted Woman" — the album sold 1 million copies, becoming the first country album to be certified platinum.
|My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – Waylon Jennings|
|Honky Tonk Heroes (Like Me) – Waylon Jennings|
|I'm Looking for Blue Eyes – Jessi Colter|
|You Mean to Say – Jessi Colter|
|Suspicious Minds – Waylong Jennings and Jessi Colter|
|A Good Hearted Woman – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson|
|Heaven and Hell - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson|
|Me and Paul – Willie Nelson|
|Yesterday's Wine – Willie Nelson|
|T for Texas – Tompall Glaser and Band|
|Put Another Log on the Fire - Tompall Glaser and Band|