The Unreleased Recordings: Gospel Keepsakes

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Hank Williams is one of those recording artists who ended up releasing more material after his death (in 1953) than he did before it, and since he regularly performed on various radio shows throughout his brief career, transcriptions of these performances keep popping up. The performances collected here were drawn from radio shows Williams did in 1951 for Mother's Best Flour. He would usually end his segment on the show with a gospel song or a spiritual, and several of these are combined here to make an interesting alternate portrait of Williams, one that reveals a childhood spent listening to his mother Lillie, a single parent and Williams' only real anchor, play hymns ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Hank Williams is one of those recording artists who ended up releasing more material after his death (in 1953) than he did before it, and since he regularly performed on various radio shows throughout his brief career, transcriptions of these performances keep popping up. The performances collected here were drawn from radio shows Williams did in 1951 for Mother's Best Flour. He would usually end his segment on the show with a gospel song or a spiritual, and several of these are combined here to make an interesting alternate portrait of Williams, one that reveals a childhood spent listening to his mother Lillie, a single parent and Williams' only real anchor, play hymns at the organ while he sat beside her. Williams' songwriting style, with its easy to remember melodies and unadorned but often elegantly structured lyrics, stems directly from the organ spirituals of his childhood. One of the best examples of this, his "I Saw the Light," is included here, along with Williams' takes on more traditional gospel material and one other Williams-penned song, the delightful "I'm Gonna Sing." It's not honky tonk. It's what you sing the next day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583299229
  • Catalog Number: 24587
  • Sales rank: 34,823

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Williams Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Photo Courtesy
William Lee Golden Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering, Remastering
Hank Williams Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Walter Bailes Composer
Milton Estes Composer
Zeke Clements Composer
Jett Williams Executive Producer
Cleavant Derricks Composer
J.R. Baxter Composer
Mike Jason Executive Producer
Olivia Kim Editorial Research
Odell McLeod Composer
F. Keith Adkinson Executive Producer
Ernest Blandy Composer
Charles Moody Composer
Johnnie Bailes Composer
W.M. Robinson Composer
T. Harrell Composer
P. Kinsey Composer
M.D. Wright Composer
J.W. Fowler Composer
W. B. Stevens Composer
John Ellis Composer
J. Vaughan Composer
John Norris Composer
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