Willie Nelson turned 75 on April 30th. Happy belated b’day, Willie. To honor the occasion, Columbia/Legacy is releasing One Hell Of A Ride, a 4-CD, 100-song box set spanning 1954/5-2007. (It opens with the first single he recorded under his own name, “When I’ve Sang My Last Hillbilly Song” and closes with a version of the song re-recorded in 2007). Fittingly, it’s Nelson’s largest box set ever and includes hits along with live and recorded rarities from 60+ albums and a dozen labels … impressive. This is what the outside of it looks like, more or less:
The set comes with a 100-page full-color booklet with an essay by Mickey Raphael and an 8,000-word biographical essay by Joe Nick Patoski, author of the biography, Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. As Patoski writes in the notes:
The 100 recordings inside this box tell the tale of a recording career beyond prolific, of a life that mirrors the evolution of audio recording technology, of a singer-songwriter who defines Texas and America, and of a man for whom it was always about the music.
You can get more info about One Hell Of A Ride at Legacy Recordings. To make it easier to haul this Nelson collection around, the winner also gets a 4 GB iPod Nano.
CONTEST ENDS 06/04/08 AT 12PM EST.