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Hank Williams

Hank Williams, Jr.

 

 
HANK WILLIAMS Mercury 520 332-2 The Legend Lives Anew ● CD $10.98
Reissue of 1966 album where the bright sparks at MGM decided to overdub strings on 12 classic Williams performances. Why?

 
HANK WILLIAMS Mercury 124 057-2 Alone & Forsaken ● CD $10.98
MATT JOHNSON: Spoken Intro By Matt Johnson (the The)/ HANK WILLIAMS: (i Heard That) Lonesome Whistle/ Alone And Forsaken/ Angel Of Death/ Cold, Cold Heart/ I Can't Escape From You/ I Saw The Light/ I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive/ I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/ I've Been Down That Road Before/ Lost Highway/ Please Don't Let Me Love You/ Please Make Up Your Mind/ Ramblin' Man/ Ready To Go Home/ Someday You'll Call My Name/ Weary Blues From Waitin'/ You Win Again

 
HANK WILLIAMS Mercury 532 737-2 Low Down Blues ● CD $10.98
16 of Hank's "blues" songs including 5 non-session demos - (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle/ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It/ Honky Tonk Blues/ Weary Blues From Waitin'/ Why Should We Try Anymore/ Ramblin' Man/ I'll Never get Out Of This World Alive/ Please make Up Your Mind, etc. Actually just about anything Hank recorded could be considered blues but what the heck - any Hank is better than no Hank.
HANK WILLIAMS: (i Heard That) Lonesome Whistle/ First Year Blues (overdubbed Non-session Demo)/ Honky Tonk Blues (non-session Demo)/ I'd Still Want You/ I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive/ Long Gone Lonesome Blues/ Lovesick Blues/ Low Down Blues (non-session Demo)/ Moanin' The Blues/ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It/ My Sweet Love Ain't Around/ Please Make Up Your Mind/ Ramblin' Man/ Wearing Out Your Walkin' Shoes (non-session Demo)/ Weary Blues From Waitin' (non-session Demo)/ Why Should We Try Anymore

 
HANK WILLIAMS Mercury 536 029-2 20 Greatest Hits ● CD $17.98
20 all time classics.
HANK WILLIAMS: Baby, We're Really In Love/ Cold, Cold Heart/ Half As Much/ Hey Good Lookin'/ Honky Tonk Blues/ Honky Tonkin'/ I Can't Help It (if I'm Still In Love With You)/ I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/ Jambalaya (on The Bayou)/ Kaw-liga/ Lovesick Blues/ Move It On Over/ My Heart Would Know/ Ramblin' Man/ Take These Chains From My Heart/ There'll Be No Tear Drops Tonight/ Why Don't You Love Me/ Window Shopping/ You Win Again/ Your Cheatin' Heart

 
HANK WILLIAMS Mercury 546 466-2 Live At The Grand Ole Opry ● CD $19.98
Two CD set featuring Hank's performances at the Grand Ole Opry between 1949 and 1952., mostly drawn from AFRS transcriptions and many previously unissued. The first disc features 19 performances by Hank, usually of his hit song of the time (Lovesick Blues/ You're Gonna Change/ They'll Never Take Her Love From Me / Nobody's LOnesome For Me/ Cold, Cold Heart/ Honky Tonk Blues/ Baby We're Really In Love/ I Can't Help It/ Half As Much, etc plus a couple of comedy segments with Minnie Pearl and Rod Brasfield. The second disc presents a complete show which in addition to Hank's two songs (I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living/ Lovesick Blues) includes songs by Red Foley, Wally Fowler & The Oak Ridge Quartet and Claude Sharpe & The Old Hickory Singers and comedy sgements with Minnie Pearl and blackface duo Jamup & Honey.
RED FOLEY: Aunt Jemima's Plaster (live)/ Church Music (live)/ Lord, I'm Coming Home (live)/ WALLY FOWLER: Lead Me To That Rock (live)/ You Ain't Got Faith (live)/ JAMUP & HONEY: Comedy With Jamup & Honey/ MINNIE PEARL: Comedy (live)/ CLAUDE SHARPE: Oh, You Beautiful Doll (live)/ HANK WILLIAMS: Baby We're Really In Love (live)/ Cold, Cold Heart (live)/ Comedy With Hank Williams (live)/ Comedy With Hank Williams (live)/ Dear John (live)/ Half As Much (live)/ Hey Good Lookin' (live)/ Honky Tonk Blues (live)/ I Can't Help It (live)/ I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin' (live)/ Jambalaya (on The Bayou) (live)/ Let The Spirit Descend (live)/ Long Gone Lonesome Blues (live)/ Lovesick Blues (live)/ Lovesick Blues (live)/ Moanin' The Blues (live)/ Nobody's Lonesome For Me (live)/ The Old Country Church (live)/ They'll Never Take Her Love From Me (live)/ Wedding Bells (live)/ Why Don't You Love Me (live)/ Window Shopping (live)/ You're Gonna Change (or I'm Gonna Leave) (live)

 
HANK WILLIAMS Mercury 170 164-2 Alone With His Guitar ● CD $16.98
A collection of 18 songs featuring Hank at his rawest and most intense accompanied only by his own guitar recorded between 1947 and 1952 drawn from songwriter demos, radio show performances and a solo studio performance of Kaw Liga. If you have "The Complete Hank Williams" box set (Mercury 536 077-2 - $169.98) then you have everything here but if that set is beyond your budget then this is a nice way to get some of those magnificent performances. They could have easily gotten more songs on this CD but Polygram opted to make this an "enhanced CD" for playing on your computer with some pretty expendable bonus material including a biography and song lyrics which could have been included in the booklet, some spoken clips from Hank and from other performers, a reading of the CD liner notes by Hank III and a mediocre screen saver.
HANK WILLIAMS: A Teardrop On A Rose/ Alone & Forsaken/ Blue Love/ Cool Water/ First Year Blues/ Hoinky Tonk Blues/ I Can't Escape From You/ I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You/ Kaw-liga/ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It/ Please Don't Let Me Love You/ Rockin' Chair Money/ Tennessee Border/ Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine/ We Live In Two Different Worlds/ Weary Blues From Waitin'/ With Tears In My Eyes/ You Caused It All By Tellin' Lies

 
HANK WILLIAMS Mercury 170 183-2 I Saw the Light ● CD $11.98
Reissue of MGM album originally issued in 1954 and reissued on CD some years ago. This version has been newly remastered, has four additional tracks and extensive new liner notes by Colin Escott. If you don't want or can't afford the box set this is a simply superb collection of 16 of Hank's gospel songs.
HANK WILLIAMS: (i'm Gonna) Sing, Sing, Sing/ A House Of Gold/ A Tramp On The Street/ Calling You/ Dear Brother/ How Can You Refuse Him Now/ I Saw The Light/ I'll Have A New Body (i'll Have A New Life)/ Jesus Remembered Me/ Message To My Mother/ Thank God/ The Angel Of Death/ The Prodigal Son/ Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine/ Wealth Won't Save Your Soul/ When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels

 
HANK WILLIAMS Mercury 170 184-2 Beyond The Sunset ● CD $11.98
We've had many requests for a reissue of Hank's famous recitation records issued under the name of Luke The Drifter. Polygram has now reissued the original MGM album from 1953 and added the two remaining Luke The Drifter cuts so they are now all in one place. This release has been newly remastered and has extensive new notes from Williams biographer Colin Escott.
HANK WILLIAMS: Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw/ Beyond The Sunset/ Everything's Okay/ Help Me Understand/ I Dreamed About Mama Last Night/ I've Been Down That Road Before/ Just Waitin'/ Men With Broken Hearts/ No, No Joe/ Pictures From Life's Other Side/ Please Make Up Your Mind/ Ramblin' Man/ The Funeral/ Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals

 
HANK WILLIAMS Polygram 536 077-2 The Complete Hank Williams ● CD $169.98
10 CDs, 225 tracks, essential. This is the almost definitive collection of this great country music pioneer - I say "almost" since there is still some material out there that is not included including a whole slew of radio broadcast material involved in legal squabbles. Still, this is the most definitive yet. There are four CDs featuring all his Sterling and MGM sessions with the rest of the CDs devoted to demos, radio performances, undubbed, originals and more. 53 performances are previously unissued. The set comes in a "book box" with several booklets including never before published photos of Hank and his belongings (tackle box, guns, record player, etc). Sound quality is an order of magnitude better than anything I've heard before - the frequently mushy distorted remastering of the past is replaced by clear and crisp sounding transfers with a lot of presence and warmth that really gives some of the greatest music of all time a new lease of life. The previously unissued recordings, once again, prove that whatever Hank touched acquired a magical quality and became the definitive versions. (FS)

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HANK WILLIAMS Polydor 847 194-2 The Singles Collection ● CD $48.98
3 compact discs featuring 84 selections from one of the greatest country artists who ever lived. It includes all 63 sides issued on singles, 4 studio session recordings and 17 non session recordings. And for the dedicated fan who thinks he has everything here it includes Hank's first recording from 1942 (!) of I'm Not Coming Home Anymore, the previously unissued All The Love I Ever Had and the undubbed version of There's A Tear In My Beer. The selections are sequenced chronologically and the set comes with a booklet with a 6000 word essay and many previously unpublished photos. (FS)
HANK WILLIAMS: (i Heard That) Lonesome Whistle/ (last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep/ A House Without Love/ A Mansion On The Hill/ All The Love I Ever Had/ Alone And Forsaken/ Angel Of Death/ At The First Fall Of Snow/ Baby, We're Really In Love/ Calling You/ Cold, Cold Heart/ Crazy Heart/ Dear John/ Fly Trouble/ Fool About You/ Half As Much/ Hey, Good Lokin'/ Honky Tonk Blues/ Honky Tonkin'/ Honky Tonkin'/ House Of Gold/ Howlin' At The Moon/ I Ain't Got Nothin' But Time/ I Can't Escape From You/ I Can't Get You Off My Mind/ I Can't Help It (if I'm Still In Love With You)/ I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You/ I Don't Care (if Tomorrow Never Comes)/ I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living/ I Saw The Light/ I Won't Be Home No More/ I'd Still Want You/ I'll Be A Bachelor 'til I Die/ I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive/ I'm A Long Gone Daddy/ I'm Free At Last/ I'm Not Coming Home Anymore/ I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/ I'm Sorry For You, My Friend/ I've Just Told Mama Goodbye/ Jambalaya (on The Bayou)/ Kaw-liga/ Let's Turn Back The Years/ Long Gone Lonesome Blues/ Lost Highway/ Lovesick Blues/ May You Never Be Alone/ Mind Your Own Business/ Moanin' The Blues/ Move It On Over/ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It/ My Heart Would Know/ My Love For You (has Turned To Hate)/ My Son Calls Another Man Daddy/ My Sweet Love Ain't Around/ Never Again (will I Knock On Your Door)/ Nobody's Lonesome For Me/ On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain/ Pan American/ Please Make Up Your Mind/ Ramblin' Man/ Rootie Tootie/ Settin' The Woods On Fire/ Six More Miles (to The Graveyard)/ Someday You'll Call My Name/ Something Got A Hold Of Me/ Take These Chains From My Heart/ The Blues Come Around/ The Log Train/ There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight/ There's A Tear In My Beer/ There's No Room In My Heart For The Blues/ They'll Never Take Her Love From Me/ Wealth Won't Save Your Soul/ Weary Blues From Waitin'/ Wedding Blues/ When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels/ Why Don't You Love Me/ Why Should We Try Anymore/ Window Shopping/ With Tears In My Eyes/ You Win Again/ You're Gonna Change (or I'm Gonna Leave)/ Your Cheatin' Heart

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77722 The New South ● CD $6.98
 

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77723 Family Tradition ● CD $6.98
 

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77724 Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound ● CD $6.98
One of his best albums, from 1979, which showed his own music fully realized, well before it began to become self parody.

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77726 Rowdy ● CD $6.98
 

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77727 The Pressure Is On ● CD $6.98
 

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77728 Habits Old And New ● CD $6.98
 

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77728 High Notes ● CD $6.98
 

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77729 Strong Stuff ● CD $6.98
 

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77730 Man Of Steel ● CD $6.98
Tough 1984 album - digitally recorded, mixed & mastered - with Leon Redbone guesting on one cut

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77770 20 Hits ● CD $16.98
 

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77913 Major Moves ● CD $6.98
Interesting 1984 album has a strong blues flavor to several tracks and features a medley of blues standards with guest vocals by John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles - the rest of the album is good solid contemporary country.

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77914 Five-O ● CD $6.98
Powerful new album mixing country, rock, blues and a smattering of jazz. Includes half a dozen original songs including his censorious The Nashville Scene, the wry I'm For Love, the silly This Ain't Dallas and others. Also includes George Thorogood's bluesy I Really Like Girls on which Thorogood plays slide guitar, an uneventful version of the Gary 'US' Bond's hit New Orleans and an interesting version of the Fats Waller standard Ain't Misbehavin'. Usual high quality Jimmy Bowen production.

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77915 Montana Cafe ● CD $6.98
Apart from the opening track - the gently rocking Country State Of Mind which got a lot of radio airplay, the rest of this record is pretty expendable. There's the maudlin title song, stupid songs like My Girl Don't Like My Cowboy Hat, third rate R&B, fourth rate Leon Redbone imitations and the obligatory song from his dad Mind Your Own Business which does nothing for this classic

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77917 Live ● CD $10.98

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77918 Born To Boogie ● CD $6.98
When I was down in Memphis & Nashville in August, 1987 the title tune was heard blasting out of every juke box and car radio. The autobiographical hit is one of a slew of Stones-sounding screamers on side 1 that also includes Honky Tonk Women & the sing-songy Young Country with all the new young blood, Steve Earle, T Graham Brown, Highway 101, on background vocals. Side 2 thankfully is pretty straight country. Includes Practice What I Preach & What It Boils Down To. (GM)

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77919 Wild Streak ● CD $6.98
High energy country rock album from the irrepressible Hank Jr. 10 songs, mostly originals. Decent enough in small doses but some slow honky tonkers would have made for a better balance.

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Curb 77940 The Bocephus Box - 1979-1992 ● CD $37.98
3-CD set of Hank Jr.'s rowdy country favorites from the last 14 years. Jimmy Guterman has drawn from nineteen of Bocephus' Warner Bros. albums, and also included a healthy dose of unreleased live and studio tracks for a total of 62 songs. Jimmy also wrote the candid notes for the photo-filled booklet. A must for fans of young Hank.

 
HANK WILLIAMS, JR. MCA Special Products 543 370-2 Hank Williams Jr. & Friends ● CD $7.98
This landmark 1975 album marked the turning point in Hank Jr.'s career, the point where he began to make his own musical way and reject being promoted as a mere clone/ shadow of his daddy. MGM was so outraged by its Southern rock overtones (sidemen inc. Charlie Daniels, Toy Caldwell & Chuck Leavell.) 12 years later, it's hard to see what upset MGM. Hank sounds tame compared to what he's done since. Still, at the time it was a major departure and inc. his fine version of Can't You See. He wanted it to be the album's single, but MGM balked, Waylon Jennings recorded it and had a huge hit. An essential album. (RK)

 

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