Hank Williams

Lovesick Blues (August 1947 -- December 1948): Vol. II

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Among the material on Lovesick Blues (August 1947 -- December 1948): Vol. 2, the second volume of Polydor's series of Hank Williams' complete recorded works, is "Lovesick Blues"; the single that made him a star and that song illustrate the difference between this volume and its predecessor, I Ain't Got Nothin' but Time. By and large, the secular music on Lovesick Blues is lighter than the gospel that dominated the first volume -- the majority of the songs are pure honky tonk, whether its the rollicking boogie of "Rootie Tootie" and "Fly Trouble," the gritty "Honky Tonkin" and "I'm a Long Gone Daddy," or the wrenching ballad "A Mansion on the Hill." Among the other highlights of a disc filled with uniformly excellent songs are the session recordings "I'm Satisfied With You" and "I'll Be a Bachelor 'Til I Die," the overdubbed nonsession recording "We Live in Two Different Worlds," and the non-session recordings "Please Don't Let Me Love You" and "Weary Blues From Waitin'."

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