Early Years, Vol. 1 contains material released just prior to Hank Williams, Jr.'s breakthrough onto the country charts. The ten tracks are pulled from two of his earliest sessions for Elektra Records, One Night Stands and New South. Both albums utilized modern Southern rock arrangements, a direction that would lead Hank Jr. to the top of the country charts in the '80s. Most of the material on this compilation still sounds great, with the exception of an awful cover version of Eric Carmen's lush and weepy pop hit "All by Myself." Bocephus just couldn't pull that one off!
AllMusic Review by Al Campbell