Hank Williams Revealed: The Unreleased Recordings

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
1951 was a breakthrough year for Hank Williams. He had a string of moderate country hits already under his belt, but the release that year of his version of an old jazz age novelty tune called "Lovesick Blues," originally recorded in 1922 by Elsie Clark and given a country arrangement in 1939 by Rex Griffin (the template for Williams' version), suddenly made him a big star. It also meant his touring schedule increased, but he still found time that year to slip into Nashville and prerecord shows for the Mother's Best Flour Company. These good-natured and intimate performances were cut to acetate discs and then played over the air on Nashville's WSM radio station. Brittle, ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
1951 was a breakthrough year for Hank Williams. He had a string of moderate country hits already under his belt, but the release that year of his version of an old jazz age novelty tune called "Lovesick Blues," originally recorded in 1922 by Elsie Clark and given a country arrangement in 1939 by Rex Griffin (the template for Williams' version), suddenly made him a big star. It also meant his touring schedule increased, but he still found time that year to slip into Nashville and prerecord shows for the Mother's Best Flour Company. These good-natured and intimate performances were cut to acetate discs and then played over the air on Nashville's WSM radio station. Brittle, disposable, and made for only a few plays, these acetates were then shelved and forgotten until they were literally rescued from the trash in the '70s by an alert WSM employee. In all, 72 of these shows survived, containing some 143 songs, and this three-disc set is the second installment in Time Life's CD preservation of this amazing treasure trove. The performances are intimate and relaxed, and Williams tackles an amazingly varied set list, singing old mountain ballads, hymns, cowboy tunes, and delivers recitations of parlor poems and other various cautionary tales as well. What emerges is a full, rounded portrait of Williams at his creative and commercial peak. "Lovesick Blues" is here, along with fine versions of "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)," "A Mansion on the Hill," and the Williams-composed gospel classic "I Saw the Light," among others, including a spirited instrumental romp through the old fiddle tune "Eighth of January," which celebrated the British defeat at the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815 (Jimmie Driftwood added lyrics to the tune and had a huge hit with the resulting "The Battle of New Orleans" in 1959). That these long-lost recordings are an absolute treasure simply goes without saying. Hank Williams was country music's first modern superstar and that all these years later, we are given several hours of Williams performing in an intimate setting just as he was beginning to break across the nation's radar, is nothing short of a miracle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583316520
  • Catalog Number: 24922

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cold, Cold Heart (3:34)
  2. 2 Move It on Over (3:07)
  3. 3 Lonesome Whistle (2:19)
  4. 4 Long Gone Lonesome Blues (3:15)
  5. 5 Hey, Good Lookin' (2:54)
  6. 6 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You) (2:42)
  7. 7 Why Don't You Love Me (3:41)
  8. 8 A Mansion on the Hill (3:00)
  9. 9 Moanin' the Blues (2:37)
  10. 10 I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin' (2:34)
  11. 11 They'll Never Take Her Love from Me (2:59)
  12. 12 Mind Your Own Business (2:22)
  13. 13 Lovesick Blues (1:24)
  14. 14 Nobody's Lonesome for Me (4:47)
  15. 15 Twin Guitar Polka - Samuel K. "Sammy" Pruett (2:41)
  16. 16 Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet (3:43)
  17. 17 Eighth of January - The Drifting Cowboys (1:05)
  18. 18 Closing Theme (0:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 That Beautiful Home (3:23)
  2. 2 How Can You Refuse Him Now (1:44)
  3. 3 Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory (3:00)
  4. 4 Farther Along (3:37)
  5. 5 Calling You (2:03)
  6. 6 I Am Bound for the Promised Land (3:40)
  7. 7 Dear Brother (2:59)
  8. 8 Jesus Died for Me (2:28)
  9. 9 At the Cross (3:15)
  10. 10 Thirty Pieces of Silver (3:45)
  11. 11 Something Got Hold of Me (2:29)
  12. 12 Lovesick Blues (1:14)
  13. 13 My Sweet Love Ain't Around (6:29)
  14. 14 Fire on the Mountain - The Drifting Cowboys (1:28)
  15. 15 I Saw the Light (3:27)
  16. 16 Closing Theme (1:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Everything's Okay (3:32)
  2. 2 I've Just Told Mama Goodbye (3:42)
  3. 3 Where the Old Red River Flows (3:47)
  4. 4 Alabama Waltz (3:20)
  5. 5 Faded Love and Winter Roses (3:40)
  6. 6 Deck of Cards (4:29)
  7. 7 Just Waitin' (3:09)
  8. 8 I Hand My Head and Cry (3:08)
  9. 9 Orange Blossom Special - The Drifting Cowboys (2:54)
  10. 10 I've Been Down That Road Before (3:51)
  11. 11 Steal Away/The Funeral (5:03)
  12. 12 Lovesick Blues (1:41)
  13. 13 I Dreamed About Mom Last Night (5:59)
  14. 14 Black Mountain Rag - The Drifting Cowboys (2:39)
  15. 15 I Heard My Savior Calling Me (3:37)
  16. 16 Closing Theme (1:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Williams Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Leon Payne Composer
J. Davis Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Fred Rose Composer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Isaac Watts Composer
Hank Williams Arranger, Composer
Curly Kinsey Composer
Jett Williams Executive Producer
Richard Weize Cover Photo
A. Patterson Composer
Pete Howard Poster Design
Traditional Composer
Mike Jason Executive Producer
Olivia Kim Editorial Research
Bob Gazzaway Composer
F. Keith Adkinson Executive Producer
O. McLeod Composer
W. Willis Composer
S. Perkins Composer
R. Whitley Composer
G. Autry Composer
J. Bailes Composer
J. Baxter Composer
C. Friend Composer
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