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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although Hank Williams' position in the country music canon is more than assured, the actual state of his recorded legacy has been a bit of a confusing mess, with countless compilations flooding the market: some contain original singles, some contain glorified demos, some have overdubs -- even whole orchestras -- added, some are radio transcriptions, and some of these, again, have had overdubs added. It's confusing, and it doesn't serve Williams that well at times. He has ended up being one of those recording artists who released as much "new" material after his death in 1953 as he released before it. MGM was in a bit of a bind when Williams died because they only had ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although Hank Williams' position in the country music canon is more than assured, the actual state of his recorded legacy has been a bit of a confusing mess, with countless compilations flooding the market: some contain original singles, some contain glorified demos, some have overdubs -- even whole orchestras -- added, some are radio transcriptions, and some of these, again, have had overdubs added. It's confusing, and it doesn't serve Williams that well at times. He has ended up being one of those recording artists who released as much "new" material after his death in 1953 as he released before it. MGM was in a bit of a bind when Williams died because they only had maybe five unreleased Williams tracks still left in the bank, but the label quickly discovered the world of radio transcriptions and the many songs Williams had sung live, usually solo with guitar, for the Johnny Fair Syrup radio show. Adding in demos Williams had done as part of his Acuff-Rose publishing deal, MGM had a lot of material to work with, even if the recording quality wasn't always up to snuff. The label began doing overdubs, bringing in Williams' band, the Drifting Cowboys, to fill things out on a number of these recordings. Other times strings were piled on, or electric guitars, which led to a seemingly endless string of Hank Williams collections mixed and matched in a variety of ways. This generous 33-track collection from Bear Family Records wades into all of this and delivers a concise template for the MGM years. Several of Williams' singles are here in the original versions, along with Acuff-Rose demos and Johnny Fair Syrup radio transcriptions. With release dates listed from 1947 to 1961, it illuminates the story of a troubled but brilliant artist and his at times reticent, at other times eager -- and ultimately desperate -- record label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051663629
  • Catalog Number: 16636
  • Sales rank: 199,064

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Williams Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Electric Guitar
Owen Bradley Piano
Lightnin' Chance Bass
Buddy Harman Drums
Eddie Hill Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Jackson Fiddle
Bob McNett Electric Guitar
Ernest Ernie Newton Bass
Jerry Rivers Fiddle
Howard Watts Bass
Jerry Byrd Steel Guitar
Farris Coursey Drums
Dale Potter Fiddle
Jack Shook Rhythm Guitar
Lum York Bass
Louis Innis Bass, Rhythm Guitar
Otha Dale Lohman Steel Guitar
Clyde Baum Mandolin
James C. Grishaw Electric Guitar
L.C. Crystal Fiddle
Herman Herron Steel Guitar
George "Willie" Thall Bass
Samuel K. "Sammy" Pruett Guitar
Don Davis & the Nite Owls Steel Guitar
Bronson Lee Reynolds Bass
Charles "Indian Chuck" Wright Bass
Technical Credits
Hank Thompson Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Don Everly Author
Bill Carlisle Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Curley Williams Composer
Frank Walker Producer, Audio Production
Lonnie Glosson Composer
Honey Wilds Composer
Bill Millar Reissue Producer, Audio Production
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Dave Samuelson Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Audio Production, Biographical Information
Vic McAlpin Composer
Bunny Biggs Composer
Christian Zwarg Mastering, Remastering
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
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