CD The Complete Hank Williams [Box] (CD 980237), Audio Other
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The Complete Hank Williams [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Calling You
    2. Never Again (Will I Knock on Your Door)
    3. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul
    4. When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels
    5. I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)
    6. My Love for You (Has Turned to Hate)
    7. Honky Tonkin'
    8. Pan American
    9. Move It on Over
    10. I Saw the Light
    11. (Last Night) I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep
    12. Six More Miles (To the Graveyard)
    13. Fly Trouble
    14. I'm Satisfied With You
    15. On the Banks of the Old Pontchartrain
    16. Rootie Tootie
    17. I Can't Get You off of My Mind
    18. I'm a Long Gone Daddy
    19. Honky Tonkin'
    20. My Sweet Love Ain't Around
    21. Blues Come Around, The
    22. Mansion on the Hill, A
    0. DISC 2:
    1. I'll Be a Bachelor 'Til I Die
    2. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
    3. Lovesick Blues
    4. Lost on the River
    5. I Heard My Mother Praying for Me
    6. Lost Highway
    7. May You Never Be Alone
    8. Dear Brother
    9. Jesus Remembered Me
    10. Honky Tonk Blues
    11. Mind Your Own Business
    12. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)
    13. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
    14. Wedding Bells
    15. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye
    16. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
    17. House Without Love, A
    18. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'
    19. My Bucket's Got a Hole in it - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
    20. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
    21. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
    22. Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used to Do)?
    23. Why Should We Try Anymore
    24. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Too Many Parties and Too Many Pals
    2. Beyond the Sunset
    3. Funeral, The
    4. Everything's Okay
    5. They'll Never Take Her Love from Me
    6. Nobody's Lonesome for Me
    7. Moanin' the Blues
    8. Help Me Understand
    9. No, No Joe
    10. Cold, Cold Heart
    11. Dear John
    12. Just Waitin'
    13. Men With Broken Hearts
    14. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)
    15. Howlin' at the Moon
    16. Hey, Good Lookin'
    17. My Heart Would Know
    18. Pale Horse and His Rider, The
    19. Home in Heaven, A
    20. Ramblin' Man
    21. Picture from Life's Other Side
    22. I've Been Down That Road Before
    23. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night
    0. DISC 4:
    1. I'd Still Want You
    2. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
    3. Crazy Heart
    4. Half as Much
    5. I'd Still Want You
    6. Baby, We're Really in Love
    7. I'm Sorry for You, My Friend
    8. Honky Tonk Blues
    9. Let's Turn Back the Years
    10. Window Shopping
    11. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
    12. Settin' the Woods on Fire
    13. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
    14. You Win Again
    15. I Won't Be Home No More
    16. Be Careful of Stones That You Throw
    17. Please Make up Your Mind
    18. I Could Never Be Ashamed of You
    19. Your Cheatin' Heart
    20. Kaw-Liga
    21. Take These Chains from My Heart
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Happy Rovin' Cowboy - (previously unreleased)
    2. Freight Train Blues - (previously unreleased)
    3. San Antonio Rose - (previously unreleased)
    4. I'm Not Coming Home Anymore
    5. I Ain't Gonna Love You Anymore - (previously unreleased)
    6. Won't You Sometimes Think of Me
    7. Why Should I Cry
    8. I Watched My Dream World Crumble Like Clay
    9. I Told a Lie to My Heart
    10. Mother Is Gone
    11. In My Dreams You Still Belong to Me
    12. We're Getting Closer to the Grave Each Day - (previously unreleased)
    13. I'm Going Home - (previously unreleased)
    14. Calling You - (previously unreleased)
    15. Pan American
    16. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul
    17. Honky Tonk Blues
    18. Home in Heaven, A - (previously unreleased)
    19. You Broke Your Own Heart - (previously unreleased)
    20. I'm So Tired of It All - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 6:
    1. You Caused It All by Telling Lies - (previously unreleased)
    2. Faded Love and Winter Roses
    3. Please Don't Let Me Love You
    4. There's No Room in My Heart for the Blues
    5. I Wish I Had a Nickel
    6. Waltz of the Wind, The
    7. At the First Fall of Snow
    8. Leave Me Alone With the Blues
    9. I'm Free at Last
    10. Blue Love (In My Heart)
    11. It Just Don't Matter Now
    12. Little Paper Boy
    13. Someday You'll Call My Name
    14. Battle of Armageddon, The
    15. No One Will Ever Know
    16. With Tears in My Eyes
    17. Thank God
    18. Rock My Cradle Once Again
    19. Don't Do It, Darling - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 7:
    1. Rockin' Chair Money - (previously unreleased)
    2. Cool Water - (previously unreleased)
    3. Tennessee Border - (previously unreleased)
    4. First Year Blues - (previously unreleased)
    5. My Main Trial Is Yet to Come - (previously unreleased)
    6. Wait for the Light to Shine - (previously unreleased)
    7. We Live in Two Different Worlds - (previously unreleased)
    8. Roly Poly - (previously unreleased)
    9. Swing Wide Your Gate of Love - (previously unreleased)
    10. Dixie Cannonball - (previously unreleased)
    11. Sundown and Sorrow - (overdubbed)
    12. Devil's Train, The - (overdubbed)
    13. Old Home, The - (overdubbed)
    14. Alone and Forsaken
    15. Heaven Holds All My Treasures
    16. Lost on the River
    17. House of Gold, A
    18. Singing Waterfall
    19. Dear Brother - (previously unreleased)
    20. 'Neath a Cold Gray Tomb of Stone
    21. Time Has Proven I Was Wrong - (previously unreleased)
    22. No, Not Now
    23. When You're Tired of Breaking Others Hearts
    24. Honey Do You Love Me, Huh? - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 8:
    1. California Zephyr
    2. Your Cheatin' Heart
    3. You Better Keep It on Your Mind
    4. How Can You Refuse Him Now?
    5. Low Down Blues
    6. Ten Little Numbers - (previously unreleased)
    7. Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine
    8. Last Night I Dreamed of Heaven
    9. I Ain't Got Nothin' But Time
    10. Message to My Mother
    11. Fool About You
    12. I'm Going Home - (previously unreleased)
    13. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
    14. Ready to Go Home
    15. Kaw-Liga - (previously unreleased, demo)
    16. I Could Never Be Ashamed of You - (previously unreleased)
    17. Angel of Death - (previously unreleased)
    18. All the Love I Ever Had
    19. We're Getting Closer to the Grave Each Day
    20. Log Train, The
    21. How to Write Folk & Western Music to Sell - (spoken commercial)
    0. DISC 9:
    1. There's a Tear in My Beer
    2. Alabama Waltz, The
    3. Jesus Died for Me - (previously unreleased)
    4. Teardrop on a Rose, A
    5. Jesus Is Calling - (previously unreleased)
    6. Wearing Out Your Walkin' Shoes
    7. When the Book of Life Is Read
    8. There's Nothing as Sweet as My Baby
    9. (I'm Gonna) Sing, Sing, Sing - (previously unreleased)
    10. I Can't Escape from You
    11. Weary Blues from Waitin'
    12. Are You Walkin' and Talkin' for the Lord - (previously unreleased)
    13. If You'll Be a Baby to Me
    14. 'Neath a Cold Gray Tomb of Stone
    15. Lost Highway - (previously unreleased)
    16. I'm a Long Gone Daddy - (previously unreleased)
    17. Long Gone Lonesome Blues - (previously unreleased)
    18. Help Me Understand - (previously unreleased)
    19. When God Dips His Love in My Heart
    20. They'll Never Take Her Love from Me - (previously unreleased)
    21. Are You Walkin' and Talkin' for the Lord - (previously unreleased)
    22. Honky Tonkin' - (previously unreleased)
    23. I Cried Again - (previously unreleased)
    24. Wild Side of Life, The - (previously unreleased)
    25. Something Got a Hold of Me - (previously unreleased)
    26. Drifting Too Far from the Shore - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 10:
    1. Lovesick Blues - (previously unreleased, from "The Prince Albert Opry")
    2. Move It on Over - (previously unreleased, in Europe)
    3. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)
    4. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'
    5. Talk With Minnie Pearl
    6. They'll Never Take Her Love from Me
    7. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
    8. Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used to Do)? - (previously unreleased)
    9. Talk With Minnie Pearl
    10. Moanin' the Blues
    11. Nobody's Lonesome for Me
    12. Dear John
    13. Hey, Good Lookin'
    14. Honky Tonk Blues - (previously unreleased)
    15. Let the Spirit Descend - (previously unreleased)
    16. Cold, Cold Heart - (previously unreleased)
    17. Baby, We're Really in Love
    18. Old Country Church, The
    19. Tramp on the Street, A
    20. I'll Have a New Body (I'll Have a New Life)
    21. I Want to Live and Love
    22. Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
    23. Prodigal Son, The
    24. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) - (previously unreleased, from "The Kate Smith Evening Hour")
    25. Apology #2, The - (previously unreleased, spoken word)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 536077

  • Credits

    THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS is 10-CD deluxe box set containing more than 220 tracks including 53 previously unreleased and the complete early Sterling Records and MGM Records sessions. The box also comes with 2 books: "The Stories" with extensive liner notes by Colin Escott, a 2,500-word essay by Daniel Cooper, complete discography, biographical chart, rare photographs, and "The Music" which contains the 10 discs as well as handwritten lyrics, LP covers, detailed track listings and other information. Also included are 8 Hank Williams postcards, some of which feature original art.
    Personnel includes: Hank Williams (vocals, acoustic guitar); Audrey Williams (vocals); James "Guy" Willis, Zeke Turner, Louis Innis, Zeb Turner, Slim Thomas, Jack Shook, Bob McNett, Sammy Pruett, Rusty Gabbard, Chet Atkins, Harold Bradley, Eddie Hill (guitar); Clyde Baum (mandolin); Dale Lohman, Herman Herron, Jerry Byrd, Don Davis, Don Helms (steel guitar); Charles "Skeeter" Willis, L.C. Crysel, Robert Wise, Tommy Jackson, Dale Potter, Jerry Rivers (fiddle); Vic Willis (accordion); Owen Bradley or Frank Rose (piano, organ); Bronson "Brownie" Reynolds, Lum York, Willie Thawl, Ernie Newton, Velma Williams, Hellus Butrum, "Cedric Rainwater" (Howard Watts), Charles Wright, Floyd "Lightin'" Chance (bass); Farris Coursey (drums).
    Producers include: Fred Rose.
    Compilation producers: Colin Escott, Kira Florita, The Country Music Foundation.
    Includes liner notes by Daniel Cooper and Colin Escott.
    Digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio at Sterling Sound.
    THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album and for Best Boxed Recording Package, and was nominated for Best Album Notes.
    Part of this collection includes 6 Health And Happiness radio transcription recordings from 1949.
    Includes a 52 page booklet.
    Personnel: Hank Williams (vocals, guitar).
    Liner Note Authors: Colin Escott; Daniel Cooper.
    Recording information: 12/11/1946-09/23/1952.
    Editor: Kira Florita.
    Photographers: Colin Escott; Don Daily; Charlie Adams; Griffin Norman; Jett Williams; Marty Stuart; Richard Weize; Billy Smith.
    You may think you know it all when it comes to Hank Williams. You may have the three disc ORIGINAL SINGLES box, you may even have every volume of the now out-of-print chronological reissue series. No matter how much Hank you've got, this elaborately packaged 10-disc box will reveal previously untold chapters in the story of country music's greatest songwriter. THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS contains not only all the Williams material ever released but 53 (!) tracks that never saw the light of day before. Consequently, this set is a must for any serious Hankophile.
    Williams' knack for communicating complex emotions in simple terms, his natural ear for captivating melodies and his ability to inject all of his tortured soul into every performance are what made him such a legend. His is the wellspring from which all modern country (and a fair amount of pop and rock) songwriting flows. Featuring studio and live recordings as well as demos and radio transcriptions, this box provides the ultimate comprehensive view of Williams' music, which contained elements of folk, gospel, blues, Western Swing, and even the roots of rockabilly, in addition to the honky-tonk sound he helped invent.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (1/99, p.92) - Ranked #2 in Spin's list of the "Ten Best Reissues Of 1998."
    Spin (11/98, pp.144-145) - 10 (out of 10) - "...this jumped-up hillbilly was the bridge between old and new. He links the pious, antebellum Roy Acuff to postwar, urban, roadhouse culture....the key to country's red-dirt past and sign of a rock world to come."
    Entertainment Weekly (9/25/98, pp.101-102) - "...Ultimately, THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS is less a document more than a documentary: the nonfiction story of a prodigiously gifted falling-down alcoholic, always at odds with his wife Audrey,...the industry he helped spawn,...and most crucially, himself..." - Rating: B+
    Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.120) - "...Follows him chronologically through 1946-1951 over 3 CDs - ragged folk-spiritual-singer on CD1; urban mountain-boy-going-on-rock star on CD3..."
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