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Hank Williams Revealed: The Unreleased Recordings

    1. Cold, Cold Heart
    2. Move it on Over
    3. Lonesome Whistle
    4. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
    5. Hey, Good Lookin'
    6. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)
    7. Why Don't You Love Me
    8. Mansion on the Hill, A
    9. Moanin' the Blues
    10. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'
    11. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
    12. Mind Your Own Business
    13. Lovesick Blues
    14. Nobody's Lonesome For Me
    15. Twin Guitar Polka
    16. Gathering Flowers For the Master's Bouquet
    17. Eighth of January
    18. Closing Theme
    1. That Beautiful Home
    2. How Can You Refuse Him Now
    3. Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory
    4. Farther Along
    5. Calling You
    6. I Am Bound For the Promised Land
    7. Dear Brother
    8. Jesus Died For Me
    9. At the Cross
    10. Thirty Pieces of Silver
    11. Something Got Hold of Me
    12. Lovesick Blues
    13. My Sweet Love Ain't Around
    14. Fire on the Mountain
    15. I Saw the Light
    16. Closing Theme
    1. Everything's Okay
    2. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye
    3. Where the Old Red River Flows
    4. Alabama Waltz
    5. Faded Love and Winter Roses
    6. Deck of Cards
    7. Just Waitin'
    8. I Hand My Head and Cry
    9. Orange Blossom Special
    10. I've Been Down That Road Before
    11. Steal Away/The Funeral
    12. Lovesick Blues
    13. I Dreamed About Mom Last Night
    14. Black Mountain Rag
    15. I Heard My Savior Calling Me
    16. Closing Theme
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 24922

  • Credits
    ProducerColin Escott (Reissue)

    Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
    Photographers: Colin Escott; Jett Williams.
    Arranger: Hank Williams.
    1951 was a breakthrough year for Hank Williams. He had a string of moderate country hits already under his belt, but the release that year of his version of an old jazz age novelty tune called "Lovesick Blues" suddenly made him a big star. It also meant his touring schedule increased, but he still found time that year to slip into Nashville and pre-record shows for the Mother's Best Flour Company. These good-natured and intimate performances were cut to acetate discs and then played over the air on Nashville's WSM radio station. Brittle, disposable, and made for only a few plays, these acetates were then shelved and forgotten until they were literally rescued from the trash in the '70s by an alert WSM employee. In all, 72 of these shows survived, containing some 143 songs, and this three-disc set is the second installment in Time Life's CD preservation of this amazing treasure trove. The performances are intimate and relaxed, and Williams tackles an amazingly varied set list, singing old mountain ballads, hymns, cowboy tunes, and delivering recitations of parlor poems and other various cautionary tales as well. What emerges is a full, rounded portrait of Williams at his creative and commercial peak. "Lovesick Blues" is here, along with fine versions of "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)," "A Mansion on the Hill," and the Williams-composed gospel classic "I Saw the Light," among others, including a spirited instrumental romp through the old fiddle tune "Eighth of January," which celebrated the British defeat at the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815 (Jimmie Driftwood added lyrics to the tune and had a huge hit with the resulting "The Battle of New Orleans" in 1959). That these long-lost recordings are an absolute treasure simply goes without saying. Hank Williams was country music's first modern superstar and that all these years later, we are given several hours of Williams performing in an intimate setting just as he was beginning to break across the nation's radar, is nothing short of a miracle.

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