A Six Pack to Go [Sundazed]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys began a run of drinking records in 1965, and this was the first. A Six Pack to Go is a classic by any country music standard: it is full of honky tonk songs, heartbreak songs, a couple of polkas, and a few Western swing tunes to boot. All of the songs center around drinking, including the title track, "Drunkard's Blues," "Hangover Heart," the Bob Wills/Tommy Duncan classic "Bubbles in My Beer," "Honky Tonk Town," and the downright depressing "Hangover Tavern," among others. The delivery Thompson gives them is all but depressing, however. He is a bouncy singer with a band that always plays on the right side of honky tonk and has ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys began a run of drinking records in 1965, and this was the first. A Six Pack to Go is a classic by any country music standard: it is full of honky tonk songs, heartbreak songs, a couple of polkas, and a few Western swing tunes to boot. All of the songs center around drinking, including the title track, "Drunkard's Blues," "Hangover Heart," the Bob Wills/Tommy Duncan classic "Bubbles in My Beer," "Honky Tonk Town," and the downright depressing "Hangover Tavern," among others. The delivery Thompson gives them is all but depressing, however. He is a bouncy singer with a band that always plays on the right side of honky tonk and has Western swing in the heart of everything. But what sets A Six Pack to Go apart from many of Thompson's other recordings is the playing of guitar icon Merle Travis kicking it on the lead. He bends and turns notes no matter how laid-back the track. Thompson's effortless delivery stands in sharp contrast to this and makes for a startling kind of intensity in the proceedings. Each song is a furthering of the journey into alcoholism, its cause usually women, and no cure. While the songs have a cheery feel to them, this is one dark record, and there is no redemption anywhere present. A classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771900524
  • Catalog Number: 9005

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Thompson Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Hank Thompson Arranger, Composer
Billy Gray Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Arlie Carter Composer
Tommy Duncan Composer
Dick Hart Composer
Ken Nelson Producer, Liner Notes
William Warren Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Mastering
Mary Lowe Composer
Wladimir A. Timm Composer
Bud Auge Composer
Traditional Composer
Jayme Pieruzzi Mastering
Allen Flatt Composer
Louis Danziger Cover Photo
Johnny Lowe Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Super collection of Thompson's work at Capitol

    By the time of this album's 1966 release, Thompson was already two years removed from his tenure at Capitol. His then-former label pulled this 12-pack from tracks Thompson recorded in the late '50s and early 60's, including the 1961 title smash. Like many of the albums Thompson recorded in the late '50s, Capitol assembled this one along a thematic line, with bars and drinking at the center of every song. ¶ Thompson's Western Swing is equally at home on the two-stepping "Honky Tonk Town" as it is on the polkas "Beer Barrel Polka" and "Bartender's Polka." His voice is warm and surprisingly upbeat given the tenor of the material. His 1952 smash "The Wild Side of Life" is heard here is a 1962 remake (though not the stereo of which the liner notes speak), retaining its pathos even with the undercutting of a choral background. Better yet is Allen Flatt's "A Broken Heart and a Glass of Beer," which manages to swing along even as tears soak the bar. ¶ Besides rounding up a nice collection of drinking-related titles, Capitol also picked sides on which legendary guitarist Merle Travis lent his distinctive leads. Thompson's Brazos Valley Boys add superb support with fine steel and fiddle throughout. Most of Thompson's original theme albums remain out of print (e.g., "Songs for Rounders"), but lucky for us, Capitol did a fine job of assembling this one, and Sundazed has returned it to domestic print.

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