CD 40 Greatest Hits [Hank Williams] [CD Boxset] [2 discs] (CD 1144622),
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40 Greatest Hits [Hank Williams] [CD Boxset] [2 discs]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Move It on Over
    2. Mansion on a Hill, A
    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 Living
    11. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
    12. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
    13. Why Don't You Love Me
    14. Why Should We Try Anymore
    15. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
    16. Moanin' the Blues
    17. Nobody's Lonesome For Me
    18. Cold Cold Heart
    19. Dear John
    20. Howlin' at the Moon
    0. 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 (I Heard That)
    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 (On the Bayou)
    11. Window Shopping
    12. Settin' the Woods on Fire
    13. You Win Again
    14. I'll Never Get Out of the World Alive
    15. Kaw-Liga
    16. Your Cheatin' Heart
    17. Take These Chains From My Heart
    18. I Won't Be Home No More
    19. Weary Blues From Waitin'
    20. I Saw the Light
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 821 233

  • Credits
    ProducerFred Rose; Wesley Rose

    Personnel includes: Hank Williams (vocals, acoustic guitar); Zeke Turner (guitar); Jerry Byrd (steel guitar).
    Recorded at Castle Recording Co. and Castle Studios, Nashville, Tennessee between April 21, 1947 and September 23, 1952; Herzog Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio on December 22, 1948 and August 30, 1949.
    Mastered from the original mono tapes and 78-rpm discs.
    Those seeking a definitive introduction to Hank Williams Sr.'s music need look no further than 40 GREATEST HITS, a beautifully produced set that includes all but three of Hank's Top 20 hits. All the essential tracks are here, revealing Williams' mastery of both heartbreak songs (for which he, the composer of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Cold, Cold Heart" and numerous other classics, is justly famous) and joyful, upbeat numbers (such as "Jambalaya," "Hey, Good Lookin'," and "Howling at the Moon").
    Unlike many Williams retrospectives, 40 GREATEST HITS abstains from efforts to "improve" Hank's music with such abominations as "enhanced stereo" (a cheesy reprocessing trick that transforms monophonic recordings into poor, echo-laden approximations of stereo) and posthumously added string sections. Instead, the set presents Williams' music in its original monophonic setting. 40 GREATEST HITS is arranged chronologically, allowing listeners to better appreciate the rapid rise and development of country's greatest singer and songwriter.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.126) - Ranked #129 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "[N]o single Williams LP combines the punch and scope of his genius like this all-hits set..."
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