Hank Williams: The Complete Mother's Best Recordings...Plus!

Hank Williams: The Complete Mother's Best Recordings...Plus!

by Hank Williams
     
 
Hank Williams had a breakthrough year in 1951. 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'

Overview

Hank Williams had a breakthrough year in 1951. 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 all of them are presented in this beautiful, ornate set that comes packaged as an old parlor radio and includes a 108-page hardcover book; 14 CDs of the Mother's Best shows; another disc with his audition for the similar Aunt Jemima radio show; and a DVD that features Williams' daughter, Jett Williams, former WSM engineer Glenn Snoddy, and two members of Williams' band, Don Helms and Big Bill Lister, discussing and remembering the shows and the era. The performances collected here are intimate and relaxed, and Williams tackles an amazingly varied set list, singing old mountain ballads, hymns, and cowboy tunes, and he delivers recitations of parlor poems and other various cautionary tales as well, and even yodels on occasion. 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 it's nothing short of a miracle to be given -- all these years later -- several hours of Williams performing in an intimate setting just as he was beginning to break across the nation's radar.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2011
Label:
Time Life Records
UPC:
0610583347920
catalogNumber:
25567

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Where the Old Red River Flows
  3. Over Moonlit Waters
  4. How Can You Refuse Him Now
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. Alabama Waltz
  8. Fire On the Mountain
  9. Lord, Build Me a Cabin In Glory
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. Nobody's Lonesome For Me
  13. Twin Guitar Polka
  14. Gathering Flowers For the Master's Bouquet
  15. Eighth of January
  16. Closing
  17. Introduction
  18. The Blind Child's Prayer
  19. Blue Steel Blues
  20. When God Dips His Love In My Heart
  21. Closing
  22. Introduction
  23. A Mansion On the Hill
  24. I Like That Kind
  25. How Can You Refuse Him Now
  26. Closing

Disc 2

  1. Introduction
  2. Nobody's Lonesome For Me
  3. My Tight Wad Daddy
  4. I'll Have a New Life
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. Everything's Okay
  8. Why Should I Cry
  9. I Heard My Mother Praying For Me
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. Move It On Over
  13. I'm Satisfied With Life
  14. I Saw the Light
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. Seaman's Blues
  18. Blues In My Mind
  19. Something Got Hold of Me
  20. Closing
  21. Introduction
  22. Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain
  23. Bonaparte's Retreat
  24. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye
  25. Closing

Disc 3

  1. Introduction
  2. May You Never Be Alone
  3. My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate)
  4. Dear Brother
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
  8. (Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep
  9. Wait For the Light To Shine
  10. Whistling Rufus
  11. Closing
  12. Introduction
  13. Pins and Needles (In My Heart)
  14. Four Flusher
  15. I Heard My Mother Praying For Me
  16. Closing
  17. Introduction
  18. Cool Water
  19. Orange Blossom Special
  20. Lonely Tombs
  21. Closing
  22. Introduction
  23. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'
  24. You Don't Have To Be a Baby To Cry
  25. Jesus Remembered Me
  26. Closing

Disc 4

  1. Introduction
  2. On the Banks of the Pontchartrain
  3. Blue Love (In My Heart)
  4. Calling You
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. My Sweet Love Ain't Around
  8. Model T Love
  9. Where the Soul Never Dies
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. Mind Your Own Business
  13. I Like That Kind
  14. When God Dips His Love In My Heart
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. Cold, Cold Heart
  18. Honky Tonkin'
  19. Sally Goodin
  20. Closing
  21. Introduction
  22. Dear John
  23. I'm Satisfied With Life
  24. Something Got Hold of Me
  25. Closing

Disc 5

  1. Introduction
  2. Move It On Over
  3. Waltz of the Wind
  4. I'll Have a New Life
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. Faded Love and Winter Roses
  8. Four Flusher
  9. I Saw the Light
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. At the First Fall of Snow
  13. I Like That Kind
  14. When God Dips His Love In My Heart
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. Wedding Bells
  18. My Tight Wad Daddy
  19. Where the Soul Never Dies
  20. Closing
  21. Introduction
  22. Why Don't You Love Me
  23. Blue Love (In My Heart)
  24. Dear Brother
  25. Closing

Disc 6

  1. Introduction
  2. Why Should We Try Any More
  3. Low and Lonely
  4. Jesus Died For Me
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
  8. (Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep
  9. Lonely Tombs
  10. Turkey In the Straw
  11. Closing
  12. Introduction
  13. Dear John
  14. If You Want Some Lovin'
  15. I Heard My Mother Praying For Me
  16. Closing
  17. Introduction
  18. Moanin' the Blues
  19. Honky Tonkin'
  20. I'll Have a New Life
  21. Closing
  22. Introduction
  23. Dear John
  24. Roadside Rag
  25. I'll Fly Away
  26. Bonaparte’S Retreat
  27. Closing

Disc 7

  1. Introduction
  2. Cold, Cold Heart
  3. Fire On the Mountain
  4. Farther Along
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. May You Never Be Alone
  8. Arkansas Traveler
  9. I'll Have a New Life
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. Next Sunday, Darling, is My Birthday
  13. Old Joe Clark
  14. Deck of Cards
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. Tennessee Border
  18. Blue Bonnet Rag
  19. Dear Brother
  20. Whistling Rufus
  21. Closing
  22. Introduction
  23. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
  24. Panhandle Rag
  25. Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet
  26. Bill Cheatham
  27. Closing

Disc 8

  1. Introduction
  2. Pictures From Life's Other Side
  3. Sally Goodin
  4. I'm Gonna Sing
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. Just Waitin'
  8. Paradise Isle
  9. When the Fire Comes Down
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. My Sweet Love Ain't Around
  13. I Can't Tell My Heart That
  14. Where the Soul Never Dies
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
  18. Panhandle Rag
  19. Drifting Too Far From the Shore
  20. Closing
  21. Introduction
  22. Just When I Needed You
  23. Steel Guitar Stomp
  24. I'll Fly Away
  25. Closing

Disc 9

  1. Introduction
  2. Cold, Cold Heart
  3. Dance All Night
  4. The Old Country Church
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. Move It On Over
  8. The Darktown Strutters' Ball
  9. Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. Faded Love and Winter Rose
  13. Fire On the Mountain
  14. I Heard My Savior Calling Me
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. Just When I Needed You
  18. I Can't Tell My Heart That
  19. Farther Along
  20. Closing
  21. Introduction
  22. There's Nothing As Sweet As My Baby
  23. Turkey In the Straw
  24. Wait For the Light To Shine
  25. Closing

Disc 10

  1. Introduction
  2. Where the Old Red River Flows
  3. Blue Steel Blues
  4. Thirty Pieces of Silver
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. On Top of Old Smoky
  8. Columbus Stockade Blues
  9. The Prodigal Son
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. Moanin' the Blues
  13. Blue Steel Blues
  14. I Dreamed About Mom Last Night
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. Where the Old Red River Flows
  18. Orange Blossom Special
  19. Where He Leads Me
  20. Closing
  21. Introduction
  22. I Hang My Head and Cry
  23. Tennessee Wagner
  24. At the Cross
  25. Closing

Disc 11

  1. Introduction
  2. I Dreamed About Mom Last Night
  3. Black Mountain Rag
  4. I Heard My Savior Calling Me
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. Low and Lonely
  8. Foolish Questions
  9. Steal Away/the Funeral
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. Mind Your Own Business
  13. Old Joe Clark
  14. I Dreamed About Mom Last Night
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'
  18. Tennessee Wagner
  19. The Pale Horse and His Rider
  20. Closing
  21. Introduction
  22. My Sweet Love Ain't Around
  23. Fire On the Mountain
  24. I Saw the Light
  25. Closing

Disc 12

  1. Introduction
  2. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  3. Corrine, Corrina
  4. I Heard My Savior Calling Me
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. If I Didn't Love You
  8. Panhandle Rag
  9. Wait For the Light To Shine
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. You Blotted My Happy Schooldays
  13. Orange Blossom Special
  14. Dust On the Bible
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. I've Been Down That Road Before
  18. Gentle Annie
  19. I've Got My One-Way Ticket To the Sky
  20. Closing
  21. Introduction
  22. Hey, Good Lookin'
  23. Alabama Jubilee
  24. Searching For a Soldier's Grave
  25. Closing

Disc 13

  1. Introduction
  2. California Zephyr
  3. Down Yonder
  4. Softly and Tenderly
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. Lonesome Whistle
  8. Roadside Rag
  9. I Am Bound For the Promised Land
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  13. Sally Goodin
  14. When the Saints Go Marchin' In
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. Hey, Good Lookin'
  18. Silver Bell
  19. I'm Gonna Sing
  20. Turkey In the Straw
  21. Closing
  22. Introduction
  23. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
  24. Dance All Night
  25. Lonely Tombs
  26. Closing
  27. Introduction
  28. Crazy Heart

Disc 14

  1. Introduction
  2. I Can't Tell My Heart That
  3. Georgia Steel Guitar
  4. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
  5. Closing
  6. Introduction
  7. Just Waitin'
  8. Eighth of January
  9. From Jerusalem To Jericho
  10. Closing
  11. Introduction
  12. I'll Sail My Ship Alone
  13. Gentle Annie
  14. I'll Have a New Life
  15. Closing
  16. Introduction
  17. Lonesome Whistle
  18. I Don't Love Nobody
  19. I Dreamed That the Great Judgment Morning
  20. Closing
  21. Introduction
  22. Cherokee Boogie
  23. Columbus Stockade Blues
  24. That Beautiful Home
  25. Closing

Disc 15

  1. Introduction
  2. Why Don't You Love Me
  3. San Antonio Rose
  4. Honey, Be My Honey Bee
  5. Cold, Cold Heart
  6. Closing/Stars in Her Eyes (Venereal Disease Public Service Announcement

Disc 16

  1. Hank Williams: The Untold Stories

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hank Williams   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Gene Autry   Composer
Red Foley   Composer
Moon Mullican   Composer
Tex Ritter   Composer
Leon McAuliffe   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Curt Smith   Audio Restoration Assistant
J. Davis   Composer
Colin Escott   Reissue Producer
Fred Rose   Composer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Hank Williams   Liner Notes
Hank Williams   Arranger,Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Zeke Clements   Composer
Terry Shand   Composer
Jett Williams   Reissue Producer,Source Material
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
Ervin Staggs   Composer
Samuel Stennett   Composer
Henry Thurston   Composer
Sam Koki   Composer
A. Brumley   Composer
A. Smith   Composer
K. Mills   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mike Jason   Reissue Producer
Olivia Kim   Editorial Research
Bob Gazzaway   Composer
Ralph E. Hudson   Composer
F. Keith Adkinson   Reissue Producer,Source Material
A. Baldwin Sloane   Composer
O. McLeod   Composer
W. Willis   Composer
S. Wiseman   Composer
S. Nathan   Composer
P.W. King   Composer
P. Kinsey   Composer
M. Estes   Composer
M.D. Wright   Composer
L. Messer   Composer
L.L. Pickett   Composer
L. Fields   Composer
J.W. Fowler   Composer
E. Blandy   Composer
C. Boone   Composer
B. Shadduck   Composer
C. McCoy   Composer
S. Perkins   Composer
W. Bailes   Composer
C. Derricks   Composer
R. Whitley   Composer
S. Foster   Composer
Luther G. Presley   Composer
M. Burns   Composer
F. Jenkins   Composer
J. Ellis   Composer
J. Bailes   Composer
J. Baxter   Composer
J. Vaughan   Composer
J. Anglin   Composer
P. Wenrich   Composer
George Cobb   Composer
Bo Chatman   Composer
Stephen V. Smith   Audio Restoration Assistant
Mathilda Bilbro   Composer
Marvin Baumgardner   Composer
H.W. Elliot   Composer
T.T. Tyler   Composer
W. Caplinger   Composer
W. Redbird   Composer
W.M. Lind   Composer
W.M. Robison   Composer
Stefan Zachau   Audio Restoration Assistant
W.B. Stevens   Composer

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