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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Tall, charismatic, and eschewing rustic hillbilly stage outfits in favor of sleek, tailored Nudie suits, Hank Williams was country music's first true superstar, and he was more than aware that a little motion on-stage drove the ladies crazy. But it is Williams' songwriting that has ensured his legacy more than anything, and his songs -- which mixed hillbilly elements with blues and gospel, all with a firm grasp of how to shade in some Tin Pan Alley techniques -- crossed over regularly to the pop charts, and have continued to hold up well even into the 21st century. Songs like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," which has a spare, poetic structure so efficient it could be a ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Tall, charismatic, and eschewing rustic hillbilly stage outfits in favor of sleek, tailored Nudie suits, Hank Williams was country music's first true superstar, and he was more than aware that a little motion on-stage drove the ladies crazy. But it is Williams' songwriting that has ensured his legacy more than anything, and his songs -- which mixed hillbilly elements with blues and gospel, all with a firm grasp of how to shade in some Tin Pan Alley techniques -- crossed over regularly to the pop charts, and have continued to hold up well even into the 21st century. Songs like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," which has a spare, poetic structure so efficient it could be a haiku, and "I'll Never Get out of This World Alive," which manages to be funny, ironic, and prophetically frightening all at once, don't happen by accident, and show an awareness of craft that has a good deal more in common with Irving Berlin than it does Uncle Dave Macon. This two-disc overview of Williams' career includes his classic MGM and Polydor singles from 1947 to 1952, a handful of haunting acoustic demos which show him to be a quite capable acoustic guitarist, a couple of his Luke the Drifter cuts, and a half-dozen or so live spots from the Grand Ole Opry in 1950 and Health & Happiness in 1949 radio shows. Thankfully it includes none of the string-sweetened overdubbed versions that proliferated after Williams' death, and given the number of dubious and rather thrown-together Hank Williams collections on the market, Gold earns trust points for being both thorough and tasteful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • UPC: 602498807002
  • Catalog Number: 000439002
  • Sales rank: 11,242

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Williams Primary Artist
Luke the Drifter Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Bill Carlisle Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Hy Heath Composer
Eddie Hill Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Curley Williams Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Lonnie Glosson Composer
Bob Nolan Composer
Kira Florita Liner Notes
Jean Branch Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hank Williams rules!

    Hank Williams is like the god of country. "There's a Tear in My Beer" is one of my favorites along with "Move it on Over" and "Hey Good Lookin'".
    COuntry nowadays can't even be compaired to classic country (with the exception of Hank Williams III). More good artists are Charlie Daniels, David Allen Coe, and Johnny Cash.

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