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The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As one of the few American singer/songwriters whose legacy rivals Hank Williams, it's no surprise that Bob Dylan was entrusted with a collection of lyrics Hank left behind, the idea being that Dylan could set them to music. Dylan decided it was a project too big for one man so he recruited a number of like-minded artists to turn these words into songs, choosing artists with some measure of debt to Williams no matter their purported stylistic designation. That said, it is the country singers -- Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell, Merle Haggard -- who, along with Dylan, create songs that stay true to Williams' melodies and aesthetic, Haggard tackling a ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As one of the few American singer/songwriters whose legacy rivals Hank Williams, it's no surprise that Bob Dylan was entrusted with a collection of lyrics Hank left behind, the idea being that Dylan could set them to music. Dylan decided it was a project too big for one man so he recruited a number of like-minded artists to turn these words into songs, choosing artists with some measure of debt to Williams no matter their purported stylistic designation. That said, it is the country singers -- Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell, Merle Haggard -- who, along with Dylan, create songs that stay true to Williams' melodies and aesthetic, Haggard tackling a religious text, Gill and Crowell reviving Hank's midsong recitation, and Jackson effortlessly evoking classic postwar honky tonk. These are songs whose structure and sound are right in line with Hank's classic work, but the rest of The Lost Notebooks is a little more malleable, at least in terms of arrangement. Jack White and Norah Jones produce work that's recognizably their own -- White's voice cracks over a ramshackle rhythm, Jones sighs like a lullaby -- yet these feel like reinterpretations of old Hank tunes, as does Levon Helm's woolly "You'll Never Again Be Mine," with only Sheryl Crow's "Angel Mine" and Jakob Dylan's "Oh, Mama, Come Home" edging close to melodies that you'd hear on their respective solo records. Even then, Crow and the younger Dylan hardly play loose with the material; they treat it with respect but not undue reverence, something that unites all the artists here. On the surface of things, this is a bit of an odd task, taking left-behind lyrics from one of the great songwriters and breathing life into them. But nobody here seems intimidated; they seem honored -- and there are some pretty good songs that come out of the project, particularly those by Jackson, Haggard, White, Jones, Gill and Crowell, and the Bard himself, who helped shepherd this fantasy project into something real, imperfect, and resonant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970901024
  • Catalog Number: 709010
  • Sales rank: 13,058

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You've Been Lonesome, Too - Alan Jackson (3:22)
  2. 2 The Love That Faded - Bob Dylan (2:30)
  3. 3 How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart? - Norah Jones (3:32)
  4. 4 You Know That I Know - Jack White (3:53)
  5. 5 I'm So Happy I Found You - Lucinda Williams (3:12)
  6. 6 I Hope You Shed a Million Tears - Vince Gill (4:00)
  7. 7 You're Through Fooling Me - Patty Loveless (2:05)
  8. 8 You'll Never Again Be Mine - Levon Helm (3:10)
  9. 9 Blue is My Heart - Holly Williams (2:43)
  10. 10 Oh, Mama, Come Home - Jakob Dylan (2:26)
  11. 11 Angel Mine - Sheryl Crow (3:36)
  12. 12 The Sermon On the Mount - Merle Haggard (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rodney Crowell Guitar, Vocals
Merle Haggard Guitar, Vocals
David Hayes Bass
Bob Dylan Guitar, Vocals
Lucinda Williams Guitar, Vocals
Gene Parsons Pedal Steel Guitar
Don Helms Pedal Steel Guitar
Sheryl Crow Vocals
Roger Fritz Guitar
Carla Azar Drums
Bill Bottrell Guitar
Larry Campbell Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Dennis Crouch Bass
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Tony Garnier Bass
Vince Gill Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Levon Helm Drums, Vocals
Rob Ickes Dobro
Scott Joss Guitar
Red Lane Guitar
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh Percussion
Deanie Richardson Fiddle
Kenny Sears Fiddle
Dave Sinclair Trumpet
Bruce Watkins Acoustic Guitar
Reggie Young Guitar
James Preston Drums
Gillian Welch Guitar, Vocals
David Rawlings Guitar, Vocals
Glenn Wolff Bass
Butch Lee Lap Steel Guitar
Tom Bukovac Lap Steel Guitar
Teresa Williams Background Vocals
Danny Freeman Guitar
Doug Colosio Piano
Amy Helm Background Vocals
Jack White Electric Guitar, Vocals
Dean Fertita Acoustic Guitar
Holly Williams Acoustic Guitar
Donnie Herron Violin, Steel Guitar
Steven Bates Mandolin
Leigh Cochran Electric Guitar
Kerlan Spur Drums
Dominic John Suchyta Upright Bass
George G. Receli Drums
Mike Merritt Bass
Emory Gordy Jr. Bass
Kevin Williams Bass
Stu Kimball Guitar
Buddy Minnix Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Rodney Crowell Composer
Merle Haggard Composer, Producer
Patty Loveless Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Lucinda Williams Composer, Producer
Sheryl Crow Composer
Bill Bottrell Producer
Lou Bradley Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Frank Callari Management
Larry Campbell Composer, Producer
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer
Jakob Dylan Composer
Vince Gill Composer
Justin Guip Engineer
Levon Helm Composer
Alan Jackson Composer
Paul Kennerley Engineer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Jeff Rosen Executive Producer
Keith Stegall Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Hank Williams Jr. Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Michael McCall Liner Notes
Eric Liljestrand Engineer
Jim Sherraden Art Direction
Chris Shaw Engineer
Norah Jones Composer
Jack White Composer, Producer
Matt Rovey Engineer
MiMi "Audio" Parker Pro-Tools
Ghian Wright Engineer
Jason Lader Engineer
Holly Williams Composer
Mary Martin Producer
Ellery Durgin Engineer
Hank Williams Mastering
Jack Frost Producer
Calvin Turnbull Engineer
Emory Gordy Jr. Composer, Producer
Barbara O'Brien Management
Jamie Lay Management
Craig Jones Management
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