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Essential Hank Williams: Hillbilly Legend

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    Track Title


  1. Move it on Over 2:47
  2. Honky Tonkin' 2:46
  3. Lovesick Blues 2:46
  4. Wedding Bells 2:56
  5. Lost Highway 2:44
  6. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 2:49
  7. Long Gone, Lonesome Blues 2:40
  8. Why Don't You Love Me? 2:26
  9. Moanin' the Blues 2:26
  10. Cold, Cold Heart 2:45
  11. Mind Your Own Business 2:57
  12. You're Gonna Change, or I'm Gonna Leave 2:59
  13. I Can't Help it (if I'm Still in Love With You) 2:26
  14. A Mansion on the Hill 2:37
  15. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin' 2:50
  16. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy 2:34
  17. Window Shopping 2:35
  18. Settin' the Woods on Fire 2:37
  19. Hey, Good Lookin' 2:57
  20. Howlin' at the Moon 2:45
  21. Jambalaya (on the Bayou) 2:54
  22. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive 2:27
  23. Your cheatin' Heart 2:43
  24. Kaw-Liga 2:35
  25. Take These Chains From My Heart 2:38
  26. I Saw the Light 2:47
  27. I'm Satisfied With You 2:36
  28. Rootie Tootie 2:48
  29. I can't Get You Off of My Mind 2:52
  30. I'm a Long Gone Daddy 2:53
  31. The Blues Come Around 2:44
  32. I'll Be a Bachelor 'Til I Die 2:39
  33. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It 2:35
  34. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me 2:47
  35. Dear John 2:37
  36. Never Again Will I Knock On Your Door 2:43
  37. Pan American 2:50
  38. Last Night I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep 2:44
  39. Fly Trouble 2:45
  40. My Sweet Love Ain't Arond 2:45
  41. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight 2:50
  42. Why Should We Try Anymore? 2:39
  43. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle 2:29
  44. I'd Still Want You 3:02
  45. Crazy Heart 2:29
  46. Baby, We're Really in Love 2:33
  47. Half as Much 2:44
  48. Honky Tonk Blues 2:12
  49. I Won't Be Home No More 2:46
  50. You Win Again 2:38
  51. Weary Blues From Waitin' 2:28
  52. Please Don't Let Me Love You 2:16


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, Rovi

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