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Hank Williams - 40 Greatest Hits [Best of]

Hank Williams , Hank Williams Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Move It on Over
2. Mansion on the Hill
3. Lovesick Blues
4. Wedding Bells
5. Mind Your Own Business
6. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)
7. Lost Highway
8. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
9. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
10. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'
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Disc: 2
1. I can't help it (if I'm still in love with you)
2. Hey good lookin'
3. Crazy heart
4. Lonesome whistle
5. Baby, we're really in love
6. Ramblin'man
7. Honky tonk blues
8. I'm sorry for you my friend
9. Half as much
10. Jambalaya
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With a legend like Hank, than man who largely dragged country music into the modern age, the question is how do you pick just 40 of his songs? There were the immediately obvious biggies like "Hey Good Lookin'", "Jambalaya", and "Move It On Over", but almost everything was a gem in one way or another. Whether this collection is the greatest hits or not will depend on the listener, but for anyone with even the slightest curiosity about country music, it's essential listening. Hank was a landmark of the genre, and to hear him is to understand how country could change from rural to urban. Essential listening for everyone. --Chris Nickson

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5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Words Oct. 22 2003
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Hank Williams is a true master of words. As one reviewer previously mentioned, no lyricist or poet ever used such simple English to express such complicated feelings. On top of Hank's lyrical brilliance, he was a vocal genius. In the same way that Muddy Waters almost "created" the intonations in the vocals of all modern blues singers, Hank "created" the intonations and pauses in the vocals of all modern country singers. Both men were masters of vocal subtlety.
As for these two cd's, they are flawless. Sure, maybe your favorite Hank Williams song is missing, and there is one you're not crazy about in this collection. However, this is as perfect as a Hank cd can be. Hank Williams is probably one of the 10 greatest artists in the history of music; buy this cd now!
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Would you expect to find a single c.d. of Elvis' greatest hits? Sinatra's greatest? The Beatles' greatest? Not unless you like eating half a sandwich. Hank rated up there with these guys as one of the top ten recording acts of all time. This c.d. set begins to do him justice. Buy it and avoid Mercury's "20 Greatest."
This set contains a rare track found nowhere else and which requires your purchase of this set at least long enough to burn a copy of the track. The track? "Weary Blues from Waitin,'" just as it was released as a single in 1953, which went straight to the top of the country charts. Even the COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS doesn't have it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surpassed Only By The 3-CD Box Set July 3 2004
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When this came out in October 1990 as a CD version of 1978 PolyGram vinyl LPs it was welcomed by all fans of the late, great Hank Williams who were, quite simply, fed up with phony "drain-pipe" stereo releases, or those with overdubbed strings and other instruments which had permeated the market back then.
That was, in essence, regarded by many as blasphemous treatment of a legend. These CDs, however, were the originals just as he recorded them in glorious mono, and at the time we were even willing to forgive the odd scratchy track [3 on disc 1 and 15 and 20 on disc 2 were mastered from 78 rpm records].
There were, admittedly, some key cuts missing from among the 40 selections - such as Honky Tonkin' [# 14 in 1948, I'm A Long Gone Daddy [# 6 in 1948], and Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door) which was the flip of Lovesick Blues and a # 6 on its own in 1949 - but again we were willing to overlook that too just to get our hands on a decent Hank Williams compilation. And as a bonus there was an insert with a complete discography of the contents along with six pages of background notes written by Tony Byworth, editor of Country Music People, as well as several more candid shots of Hank.
But two years later, in 1992, PolyDor/PolyGram came out with a 3-CD box set containing 39 of those 40 tracks [only I Saw The Light is missing], along with another 45 cuts, which immediately surpassed this set.
Even so, this is still desirable if only for Byworth's notes which sum up Hank's career with this paragraph "Hank Williams couldn't read or write music, but he had created some 125 compositions, many of which have subsequently become classics of popular music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hank Williams March 10 2011
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Initially i ordered this product because i had taken a liking to some of Hanks songs but after i recieved this product i was amazed. Not only did it contain all the songs i had liked but i had also found new favorities. If you like Hank williams music this is a must have for your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very definition and epitome of country music Oct. 4 2003
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Hank Williams, Sr., simply is country music, and this collection of forty of his greatest songs is enough to keep any fan happy for a long time. These are songs you can listen to over and over again without growing tired of them, and I have certainly found myself doing exactly that on several occasions over the years. The guy turned honky-tonkin' into an art form, yet he could melt your heart with songs of love and loss; gospel music was another area in which he excelled, although the only gospel song you will find in this collection is a song Hank truly made his own, I Saw the Light. The widespread appeal and influence of this man is simply amazing; virtually any man, woman, or child can look down this list of 40 songs and recognize any number of them right off the bat. Hank has influenced and inspired musicians of virtually all genres, and he truly will live forever.
These tracks really don't need any introduction or commentary from me. Jambalaya; I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (which Elvis called the saddest song he had ever heard when he performed it during his historic comeback concert in Hawaii); Cold, Cold Heart; Hey, Good Lookin'; Kaw-Liga, Your Cheatin' Heart: these are classics that everyone knows and almost everyone loves. In my opinion, though, there are even better songs to be found here, songs which may not be as familiar to today's listeners. For me, nothing beats I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You), one of the many songs Hank recorded about unrequited love, although the highly emotional Wedding Bells comes mighty close to matching its somber power. More standouts on the same theme include They'll Never Take Her Love From Me, Nobody's Lonesome For Me, and You Win Again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old time music, fast shipping.
Published 1 month ago by Murph
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs that live forever
Songs that live forever
Hank was a fine singer who ensured his place in popular music history by the exceptional quality of his songwriting. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2003 by Peter Durward Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LEGEND IS THERE
So many singers have recorded HANK WILLIAMS's songs after his death,that it is natural to get at least this two cds set that gives you most of the meat of his oeuvre. Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by ALAIN ROBERT
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm So Lonesome, I Could Cry..."
I still remember the haunting cries of Hank Sr. singing over the radio as a boy in Kansas in the 60s. Times changed. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2003 by Wayfarer
5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Fine Wine
I am unclear as to the current availability of this CD (as of 16 Oct 02). No matter. I feel so strongly about this CD that I recommend buying it USED or continually checking with... Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2002 by Mcgivern Owen L
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Words
Hank Williams is a true master of words. As one reviewer previously mentioned, no lyricist or poet ever used such simple English to express such complicated feelings. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars There Will Never Be Another Hank Williams, Sr.
When i was 7 years old and living in New Orleans i met Hank,Sr.
My sister was 13 and singing at a place call "Uncle Roy's Barndance" every Sat. Read more
Published on May 26 2002 by yvonne Hatch
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF HANK'S FINEST
This album brought back many childhood memories of my older brothers and sisters and also my parents listening and dancing to Hank Williams. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2002 by Diana in Alabama
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