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Willie Nelson: The Troublemaker (CBS) and Live (RCA)

Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 13 November 1976

TWO OLDIES, neither of which add significantly to Nelson's reputation as the leading exponent of the new Texan country music: The Troublemaker, recorded in 1973, was originally released in America on Nelson's Lone Star label. It came after his two pioneering albums, Shotgun Willie and Phases And Stages, on Atlantic and represents a confirmation of Nelson's musical roots.

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