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Remember Which Country Album Was the First to Be Certified Platinum?

'Wanted: The Outlaws'
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Platinum certification for one million albums sold didn’t begin until 1976, so while other recordings may have soared past this sales mark, ‘Wanted: The Outlaws’ became the first official platinum album that year. The project featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter and it would eventually go on to be certified double platinum.

This isn’t to say ‘Wanted: The Outlaws’ is a must-have in a country lover’s collection. One review refers to it as more of a money-grab than an earnest artistic effort. Indeed all of the songs were heard on previous efforts from each singer, including Tompall Glaser, who landed two songs, including a cover of the Jimmie Rodgers tune ‘T for Texas.’ In 1996, RCA reissued the album, adding 10 more bonus tracks including.

Allmusic.com reports that this album popularized the term “Outlaw Country,” which is a phrase that still lives on today.

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