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|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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|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|
|7. Honky tonk blues|
|8. I'm sorry for you my friend|
|9. Half as much|
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Essential 2CD collection from the original outlaw includes Hey Good Lookin' & Your Cheatin' Heart.
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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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is a great collection of Hank's hits. The enclosed booklet is loaded with info. too!Hank Williams - 40 Greatest HitsPublished 7 months ago by Douglas