Hank Williams

The Essential Hank Williams: Hillbilly Legend

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More than a half-century after his death at the age of 29, the music that Hank Williams almost single-handedly put on the map -- country -- is a glittery affair and a multi-billion dollar industry. Ol' Hank probably wouldn't even recognize most of today's Nashville hitmakers as country, and any one of them who -- unimaginable though it may be -- doesn't know him would find The Essential Hank Williams: Hillbilly Legend as good a place as any to start the appreciation, as this double-disc anthology from the U.K. more than lives up to its title. There is no dearth of Williams collections on the market: in the U.S. Mercury's The Ultimate Collection and the earlier 40 Greatest Hits both offer roughly the same repertoire that The Essential Hank Williams: Hillbilly Legend does, starting with every Top Ten hit of significance (most of them occupying disc one). But the British set tosses in some extras, bringing the track count up to 52, more than either of the above-named sets. Instead of running in strict chronological order, each disc begins with recordings cut in 1947, then weaves forward and backward in time. That may not be a historically accurate representation of Williams' output but it's not a problem; the two halves each flow superbly. For the completists there are, of course, box sets of varying girth, and for the fan with more casual interest there are excellent single-disc best-ofs, but The Essential Hank Williams is a real bang-for-the-buck choice.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2:47 Spotify
2
2:36 Spotify
3
2:48 Spotify
4
2:52 Spotify
5
2:53 Spotify
6
2:44 Spotify
7
2:39 Spotify
8 2:35 Spotify
9
2:47 Spotify
10
2:37 Spotify
11
2:43 Spotify
12
2:50 Spotify
13
2:44 Spotify
14
2:45 Spotify
15
2:45 Spotify
16
2:50 Spotify
17
2:39 Spotify
18
2:29 Spotify
19
3:02 Spotify
20
2:29 Spotify
21
2:33 Spotify
22 2:44 Spotify
23
2:12 Spotify
24
2:46 Spotify
25
2:38 Spotify
26
2:28 Spotify
27
2:16 Spotify
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