Hank Williams

Lost Highway - December 1948-March 1949, Volume III

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Though "Lovesick Blues" made Hank Williams into a star, it didn't become successful until March of 1949, which means the material that comprises Lost Highway (December 1948 -- March 1949): Vol. 3 was all recorded before he knew it was a hit. As a result, the music on Lost Highway is a bit uneven, since the future of Williams' recording career was uncertain; he wasn't sure whether his records would sell, and he consequently performed a couple of his most unfocused sessions. The session recordings on Lost Highway do contain several classics -- "Honky Tonk Blues" (presented in a rocking alternate take), "Mind Your Own Business," and the title track -- but there are also several awkward duets with his wife Audrey ("Lost on the River," "I Heard My Mother Praying for Me"). The true gems on Lost Highway arrive in the non-session recordings. The overdubbed non-session recordings contain the excellent "A Teardrop on a Rose," "I'm Going Home," and "The Angel of Death," while the undubbed non-session recordings contain "Singing Waterfall," "I'm Free at Last," and "Alabama Waltz."

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