Gold (Rmst)

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Review Text 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. ~ Steve Leggett

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. I Saw the Light - 3:46
  2. 2. Mansion on the Hill - 3:34
  3. 3. Honky Tonkin' - 3:45
  4. 4. Move It on Over - 3:45
  5. 5. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) - 3:57
  6. 6. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - 3:49
  7. 7. Mind Your Own Business - 3:54
  8. 8. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It [Single Version] - 3:33
  9. 9. Long Gone Lonesome Blues - 3:38
  10. 10. Cold, Cold Heart - 3:45
  11. 11. Howlin' at the Moon - 3:43
  12. 12. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) - 2:24
  13. 13. Hey, Good Lookin' - 3:56
  14. 14. Ramblin' Man - 3:04
  15. 15. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night - 3:00
  16. 16. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle - 2:27
  17. 17. Honky Tonk Blues - 2:12
  18. 18. Half as Much - 3:44
  19. 19. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - 3:52
  20. 20. Settin' the Woods on Fire - 3:38
  21. 21. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive - 2:26
  22. 22. You Win Again - 3:37

CD: 2

  1. 23. Your Cheatin' Heart - 3:45
  2. 24. Please Make Up Your Mind - 3:48
  3. 25. Kaw-Liga - 3:35
  4. 26. Take These Chains From My Heart - 3:38
  5. 27. Rockin' Chair Money - 2:05
  6. 28. Please Don't Let Me Love You - 2:16
  7. 29. Someday You'll Call My Name - 2:14
  8. 30. Cool Water - 4:45
  9. 31. First Year Blues - 2:27
  10. 32. Alone and Forsaken - 2:01
  11. 33. Angel of Death - 2:22
  12. 34. Ready to Go Home - 2:49
  13. 35. There's a Tear in My Beer - 3:48
  14. 36. Weary Blues From Waitin' - 2:28
  15. 37. Why Don't You Love Me - 2:18
  16. 38. Moanin' the Blues - 2:26
  17. 39. I'm a Long Gone Daddy - 3:31
  18. 40. Lost Highway - 3:04
  19. 41. I Can't Get You Off of My Mind - 2:42
  20. 42. Lovesick Blues - 3:03

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6/14/05 

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