by Hank Williams


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Tall, charismatic, and eschewing rustic hillbilly stage outfits in favor of sleek, tailored Nudie suits, Hank Williams was country music's first true superstar, and he was more than aware that a little motion on-stage drove the ladies crazy. But it is Williams' songwriting that has ensured his legacy more than anything, and his songs -- which mixed hillbilly elements with blues and gospel, all with a firm grasp of how to shade in some Tin Pan Alley techniques -- crossed over regularly to the pop charts, and have continued to hold up well even into the 21st century. Songs like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," which has a spare, poetic structure so efficient it could be a haiku, and "I'll Never Get out of This World Alive," which manages to be funny, ironic, and prophetically frightening all at once, don't happen by accident, and show an awareness of craft that has a good deal more in common with Irving Berlin than it does Uncle Dave Macon. This two-disc overview of Williams' career includes his classic MGM and Polydor singles from 1947 to 1952, a handful of haunting acoustic demos (which show him to be a quite capable acoustic guitarist), a couple of his Luke the Drifter cuts, and a half-dozen or so live spots from the Grand Ole Opry (in 1950) and Health & Happiness (in 1949) radio shows. Thankfully it includes none of the string-sweetened overdubbed versions that proliferated after Williams' death, and given the number of dubious and rather thrown-together Hank Williams collections on the market, Gold earns trust points for being both thorough and tasteful.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2005
Label: Mercury Nashville
UPC: 0602498807002
catalogNumber: 000439002
Rank: 136

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hank Williams   Primary Artist
Luke the Drifter   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Bill Carlisle   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
Eddie Hill   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Curley Williams   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Lonnie Glosson   Composer
Bob Nolan   Composer
Kira Florita   Liner Notes
Jean Branch   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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Gold 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kill_eater94 More than 1 year ago
Hank Williams is like the god of country. "There's a Tear in My Beer" is one of my favorites along with "Move it on Over" and "Hey Good Lookin'". COuntry nowadays can't even be compaired to classic country (with the exception of Hank Williams III). More good artists are Charlie Daniels, David Allen Coe, and Johnny Cash.