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The Complete Hank Williams - 10 CD - Collector Gift Set

THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS is 10-CD deluxe box set containing more than 220 tracks including 53 previously unreleased and the complete early Sterling Records and MGM Records sessions. The box also comes with 2 books: "The Stories" with extensive liner notes by Colin Escott, a 2,500-word essay by Daniel Cooper, complete discography, biographical chart, rare photographs, and "The Music" which contains the 10 discs as well as handwritten lyrics, LP covers, detailed track listings and other information. Also included are 8 Hank Williams postcards, some of which feature original art.

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Track listing

DISC 1: THE STERLING AND MGM RECORDINGS:
1. Calling You
2. Never Again (Will I Knock on Your Door)
3. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul
4. When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels
5. I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)
6. My Love For You (Has Turned to Hate)
7. Honky Tonkin'
8. Pan American
9. Move It on Over
10. I Saw the Light
11. I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep, (Last Night)
12. Six More Miles (To the Graveyard)
13. Fly Trouble
14. I'm Satisfied With You
15. On the Banks of the Old Pontchartrain
16. Rootie Tootie
17. I Can't Get You Off of My Mind
18. I'm a Long Gone Daddy
19. Honky Tonkin'
20. My Sweet Love Ain't Around
21. Blues Come Around, The
22. Mansion on the Hill, A
DISC 2: THE MGM SESSIONS: PART 2:
1. I'll Be a Bachelor 'Til I Die
2. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
3. Lovesick Blues
4. Lost on the River - (with Audrey Williams)
5. I Heard My Mother Praying For Me - (with Audrey Williams)
6. Lost Highway
7. May You Never Be Alone
8. Dear Brother - (with Audrey Williams)
9. Jesus Remembered Me - (with Audrey Williams)
10. Honky Tonk Blues
11. Mind Your Own Business
12. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)
13. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
14. Wedding Bells
15. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye
16. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
17. House Without Love, A
18. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'
19. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
20. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
21. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
22. Why Don't You Love Me
23. Why Should We Try Anymore
24. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
DISC 3: THE MGM SESSIONS: PART 3:
1. Too Many Parties and Too Many Pals - (with Luke The Drifter)
2. Beyond the Sunset - (with Luke The Drifter)
3. Funeral, The - (with Luke The Drifter)
4. Everything's Okay - (with Luke The Drifter)
5. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
6. Nobody's Lonesome For Me
7. Moanin' the Blues
8. Help Me Understand - (with Luke The Drifter)
9. No, No Joe - (with Luke The Drifter)
10. Cold, Cold Heart
11. Dear John
12. Just Waitin' - (with Luke The Drifter)
13. Men With Broken Hearts - (with Luke The Drifter)
14. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)
15. Howlin' at the Moon
16. Hey, Good Lookin'
17. My Heart Would Know
18. Pale Horse and His Rider, The - (with Audrey Williams)
19. Home in Heaven, A - (with Audrey Williams)
20. Ramblin' Man - (with Luke The Drifter)
21. Pictures From Life's Other Side - (with Luke The Drifter)
22. I've Been Down That Road Before - (with Luke The Drifter)
23. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night - (with Luke The Drifter)
DISC 4: THE MGM SESSIONS: PART 4:
1. I'd Still Want You
2. Lonesome Whistle, (I Heard That)
3. Crazy Heart
4. Half as Much
5. I'd Still Want You
6. Baby, We're Really in Love
7. I'm Sorry For You, My Friend
8. Honky Tonk Blues
9. Let's Turn Back the Years
10. Window Shopping
11. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
12. Settin' the Woods on Fire
13. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
14. You Win Again
15. I Won't Be Home No More
16. Be Careful of Stones That You Throw - (with Luke The Drifter)
17. Please Make up Your Mind - (with Luke The Drifter)
18. I Could Never Be Ashamed of You
19. Your Cheatin' Heart
20. Kaw-Liga
21. Take These Chains From My Heart
DISC 5: THE MONTGOMERY DEMOS AND RADIO PERFORMANCES:
1. Happy Rovin' Cowboy - (previously unreleased)
2. Freight Train Blues - (previously unreleased)
3. San Antonio Rose - (previously unreleased)
4. I'm Not Coming Home Anymore
5. I Ain't Gonna Love You Any More - (previously unreleased)
6. Won't You Sometimes Think of Me
7. Why Should I Cry
8. I Watched My Dream World Crumble Like Clay
9. I Told a Lie to My Heart
10. Mother Is Gone
11. In My Dreams You Still Belong to Me
12. We're Getting Closer to the Grave Each Day - (previously unreleased)
13. Going Home, (I'm) - (previously unreleased)
14. Calling You - (previously unreleased)
15. Pan American
16. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul
17. Honky Tonk Blues
18. Home in Heaven, A - (previously unreleased)
19. You Broke Your Own Heart - (previously unreleased)
20. I'm So Tired of It All - (previously unreleased)
DISC 6: THE SHREVEPORT DEMOS AND RADIO PERFORMANCES: PART 1 - VOCAL & GUITAR:
1. You Caused It All by Telling Lies - (previously unreleased)
2. Faded Love and Winter Roses
3. Please Don't Let Me Love You
4. There's No Room in My Heart For the Blues
5. I Wish I Had a Nickel
6. Waltz of the Wind, The
7. At the First Fall of Snow
8. Leave Me Alone With the Blues
9. I'm Free at Last
10. Blue Love (In My Heart)
11. It Just Don't Matter Now
12. Little Paper Boy
13. Someday You'll Call My Name
14. Battle of Armageddon, The
15. No One Will Ever Know
16. With Tears in My Eyes
17. Thank God
18. Rock My Cradle Once Again
19. Don't Do It Darling - (previously unreleased)
DISC 7: THE SHREVEPORT RADIO PERFORMANCES: PART 2... PLUS THE DEMOS:
1. Rockin' Chair Money - (previously unreleased)
2. Cool Water - (previously unreleased)
3. Tennessee Border - (previously unreleased)
4. First Year Blues - (previously unreleased)
5. My Main Trial Is Yet to Come - (previously unreleased)
6. Wait For the Light to Shine - (previously unreleased)
7. We Live in Two Different Worlds - (previously unreleased)
8. Roly Poly - (previously unreleased)
9. Swing Wide Your Gate of Love - (previously unreleased)
10. Dixie Cannonball - (previously unreleased)
11. Sundown and Sorrow - (overdubbed)
12. Devil's Train, The - (overdubbed)
13. Old Home, The - (overdubbed)
14. Alone and Forsaken
15. Heaven Holds All My Treasures
16. Lost on the River
17. House of Gold, A
18. Singing Waterfall
19. Dear Brother - (previously unreleased, with Kitty Wells/Johnny Wright)
20. 'Neath a Cold Gray Tomb of Stone
21. Time Has Proven I Was Wrong - (previously unreleased, with Curley Williams)
22. No, Not Now - (with Curley Williams)
23. When You're Tired of Breaking Others Hearts
24. Honey, Do You Love Me, Huh - (previously unreleased)
DISC 8: THE NASHVILLE DEMOS: PART 1:
1. California Zephyr
2. Your Cheatin' Heart
3. You Better Keep It on Your Mind
4. How Can You Refuse Him Now
5. Low Down Blues
6. Ten Little Numbers - (previously unreleased)
7. Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine
8. Last Night I Dreamed of Heaven
9. I Ain't Got Nothin' But Time
10. Message to My Mother
11. Fool About You
12. I'm Going Home - (previously unreleased)
13. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
14. Ready to Go Home
15. Kaw-Liga - (previously unreleased, demo)
16. I Could Never Be Ashamed of You - (previously unreleased)
17. Angel of Death - (previously unreleased)
18. All the Love I Ever Had
19. We're Getting Closer to the Grave Each Day
20. Log Train, The
21. How to Write Folk and Western Music to Sell - (spoken commercial, with Grant Turner)
DISC 9: THE NASHVILLE DEMOS: PART 2: HANK PITCHING SONGS AND RARE RADIO PERFORMANCES:
1. There's a Tear in My Beer
2. Alabama Waltz, The
3. Jesus Died For Me - (previously unreleased, with Audrey Williams)
4. Teardrop on a Rose, A
5. Jesus Is Calling - (previously unreleased)
6. Wearin' Out Your Walking Shoes
7. When the Book of Life Is Read
8. There's Nothing as Sweet as My Baby
9. Sing, Sing, Sing, (I'm Gonna) - (previously unreleased)
10. I Can't Escape From You
11. Weary Blues From Waitin'
12. Are You Walkin' and a Talkin' For the Lord - (previously unreleased)
13. If You'll Be a Baby to Me
14. 'Neath a Cold Gray Tomb of Stone
15. Lost Highway - (previously unreleased)
16. I'm a Long Gone Daddy - (previously unreleased)
17. Long Gone Lonesome Blues - (previously unreleased)
18. Help Me Understand - (previously unreleased, with Audrey Williams)
19. When God Dips His Love in My Heart
20. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me - (previously unreleased)
21. Are You Walkin' and a Talkin' For the Lord - (previously unreleased)
22. Honky Tonkin' - (previously unreleased)
23. I Cried Again - (previously unreleased)
24. Wild Side of Life - (previously unreleased)
25. Something Got a Hold of Me - (previously unreleased, with Audrey Williams)
26. Drifting Too Far From the Shore - (previously unreleased)
DISC 10: RADIO, TELEVISION, AND CONCERT PERFORMANCES:
1. Lovesick Blues - (previously unreleased, from "The Prince Albert Opry")
2. Move It on Over - (previously unreleased, in Europe)
3. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)
4. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'
5. Talk With Minnie Pearl
6. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
7. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
8. Why Don't You Love Me - (previously unreleased)
9. Talk With Minnie Pearl
10. Moanin' the Blues
11. Nobody's Lonesome For Me
12. Dear John
13. Hey, Good Lookin'
14. Honky Tonk Blues - (previously unreleased)
15. Let the Spirit Descend - (previously unreleased)
16. Cold, Cold Heart - (previously unreleased)
17. Baby, We're Really in Love
18. Old Country Church, The - (with Little Jimmy Dickens)
19. Tramp on the Street, A
20. I'll Have a New Body (I'll Have a New Life)
21. I Want to Live and Love - (with Audrey Williams)
22. Where the Soul of Man Never Dies - (with Audrey Williams)
23. Prodigal Son, The
24. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) - (from "The Kate Smith Evening Hour", with Anita Carter)
25. Apology #2, The - (previously unreleased, spoken word)
Details
Contributing artists: Anita Carter, Audrey Williams, Curley Williams, Kitty Wells, Little Jimmy Dickens, Minnie Pearl
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Mono
SPAR Code: n/a

Album notes
THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS is 10-CD deluxe box set containing more than 220 tracks including 53 previously unreleased and the complete early Sterling Records and MGM Records sessions. The box also comes with 2 books: "The Stories" with extensive liner notes by Colin Escott, a 2,500-word essay by Daniel Cooper, complete discography, biographical chart, rare photographs, and "The Music" which contains the 10 discs as well as handwritten lyrics, LP covers, detailed track listings and other information. Also included are 8 Hank Williams postcards, some of which feature original art.
Personnel includes: Hank Williams (vocals, acoustic guitar); Audrey Williams (vocals); James "Guy" Willis, Zeke Turner, Louis Innis, Zeb Turner, Slim Thomas, Jack Shook, Bob McNett, Sammy Pruett, Rusty Gabbard, Chet Atkins, Harold Bradley, Eddie Hill (guitar); Clyde Baum (mandolin); Dale Lohman, Herman Herron, Jerry Byrd, Don Davis, Don Helms (steel guitar); Charles "Skeeter" Willis, L.C. Crysel, Robert Wise, Tommy Jackson, Dale Potter, Jerry Rivers (fiddle); Vic Willis (accordion); Owen Bradley or Frank Rose (piano, organ); Bronson "Brownie" Reynolds, Lum York, Willie Thawl, Ernie Newton, Velma Williams, Hellus Butrum, "Cedric Rainwater" (Howard Watts), Charles Wright, Floyd "Lightin'" Chance (bass); Farris Coursey (drums).
Producers include: Fred Rose.
Compilation producers: Colin Escott, Kira Florita, The Country Music Foundation.
Includes liner notes by Daniel Cooper and Colin Escott.
Digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio at Sterling Sound.
THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album and for Best Boxed Recording Package, and was nominated for Best Album Notes.
Part of this collection includes 6 Health And Happiness radio transcription recordings from 1949.
Includes a 52 page booklet.
You may think you know it all when it comes to Hank Williams. You may have the three disc ORIGINAL SINGLES box, you may even have every volume of the now out-of-print chronological reissue series. No matter how much Hank you've got, this elaborately packaged 10-disc box will reveal previously untold chapters in the story of country music's greatest songwriter. THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS contains not only all the Williams material ever released but 53 (!) tracks that never saw the light of day before. Consequently, this set is a must for any serious Hankophile.
Williams' knack for communicating complex emotions in simple terms, his natural ear for captivating melodies and his ability to inject all of his tortured soul into every performance are what made him such a legend. His is the wellspring from which all modern country (and a fair amount of pop and rock) songwriting flows. Featuring studio and live recordings as well as demos and radio transcriptions, this box provides the ultimate comprehensive view of Williams' music, which contained elements of folk, gospel, blues, Western Swing, and even the roots of rockabilly, in addition to the honky-tonk sound he helped invent.
Editorial reviews
...Ultimately, THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS is less a document more than a documentary: the nonfiction story of a prodigiously gifted falling-down alcoholic, always at odds with his wife Audrey,...the industry he helped spawn,...and most crucially, himself... - Rating: B+
Entertainment Weekly  (09/25/1998)
10 (out of 10) - ...this jumped-up hillbilly was the bridge between old and new. He links the pious, antebellum Roy Acuff to postwar, urban, roadhouse culture....the key to country's red-dirt past and sign of a rock world to come.
Spin  (11/01/1998)
Ranked #2 in Spin's list of the Ten Best Reissues Of 1998.
Spin  (01/01/1999)

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