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A Proper Introduction to Hank Williams: The Final Sessions

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A Proper Introduction to Hank Williams: The Final Sessions Review

by Steve Leggett

Tall, charismatic, and eschewing rustic hillbilly stage outfits in favor of sleek, tailored Nudie suits, Hank Williams was country music's first true superstar. But it is Williams' songwriting that has ensured his legacy more than anything, and his songs -- which mixed hillbilly elements with blues and gospel, all with a firm grasp of how to shade in some Tin Pan Alley techniques -- crossed over regularly to the pop charts, and have continued to hold up well even into the 21st century. Songs like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," which has a spare, poetic structure so efficient it could be a haiku, and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," which manages to be funny, ironic, and prophetically frightening all at once, don't happen by accident, and show an awareness of craft that has a good deal more in common with Irving Berlin than it does Uncle Dave Macon. This set doesn't really make the ideal introduction to Williams, since it lacks several of his best songs ("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" isn't here, for instance), but it does have "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," "Your Cheatin' Heart," and the iconic "Lost Highway," and any collection of Williams songs is going to deliver. He was that good.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 03:00 Amazon
2 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:24 Amazon
3 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:29 Amazon
4 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:54 Amazon
5 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:35 Amazon
6 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:26 Amazon
7 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:37 Amazon
8 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:41 Amazon
9 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:59 Amazon
10 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:50 Amazon
11 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:46 Amazon
12 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:42 Amazon
13 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:35 Amazon
14 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:38 Amazon
15 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:35 Amazon
16 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:46 Amazon
17 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 03:38 Amazon
18 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:31 Amazon
19 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 03:04 Amazon
20 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 02:09 Amazon
21 Hank Williams feat: The Drifting Cowboys 03:34 Amazon
22 Hank Williams 02:51 Amazon
23 Hank Williams 01:38 Amazon
24 Hank Williams 02:00 Amazon
25 Hank Williams 01:51 Amazon
26 Hank Williams 02:18 Amazon
27 Hank Williams 02:30 Amazon
28 Hank Williams 02:44 Amazon
29 Hank Williams 00:58 Amazon
30 Hank Williams 01:38 Amazon
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