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Hank Williams 11/5/2013

Review

Hank Williams completely redefined country music and moved it into the modern arena in the years just after World War II, and his infectious, confessional, and brilliantly written songs of hard love and hard drinkin' still remain the center template for country music in the 21st century. Williams lived his life so close to his honky tonk persona that in the end it is impossible to tell where one ended and the other began, making his story a postmodern one of the antihero with tragic flaws who wins because he first risks and then loses everything. And the songs! Part blues and part Tin Pan Alley, Williams' songs are succinct, folksy gems that sketch out a timeless honky tonk soap opera with Williams at the center, but what saved them from being set pieces are the very real and basic emotions that Williams spotlights in song after song. The best of them are simply brilliant expressions of loneliness and a desperate longing for redemption. This set collects 11 of his live performances, including three songs (and a comic interlude) from a show in May of 1952 in Niagara Falls, New York; a song from a show a few weeks later in West Grove, Pennsylvania; and seven songs drawn from the Mother's Best, March of Dimes, and Health and Happiness radio shows. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Cold, Cold Heart Hank Williams 3:11
  3. 2 The Funeral Hank Williams 4:21
  4. 3 Comedy with Hank and the Drifting Cowboys Hank Williams 7:7
  5. 4 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You) Hank Williams 3:4
  6. 5 Half as Much Hank Williams 3:4
  7. 6 Moanin' the Blues Hank Williams 2:23
  8. 7 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams 2:48
  9. 8 You're Gonna Change Hank Williams 2:45
  10. 9 From Jerusalem to Jericho Hank Williams 3:53
  11. 10 On Top of Old Smoky Hank Williams 3:42
  12. 11 I'll Have a New Life Hank Williams 1:58

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