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40 Greatest Hits

Hank Williams Sr.Audio Cassette
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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American music legend Hank Williams has long been considered one of the earliest influences on rock ‘n’ roll and in fact was the first of a very few artists to be inducted in both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.  .
Williams’s vocals, steeped in emotion, have influenced generations of rock and Americana artists, and lately ... Read more in Amazon's Hank Williams Sr. Store

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (October 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001F77
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Move It on Over
2. A Mansion on the Hill
3. Lovesick Blues
4. Wedding Bells
5. Mind Your Own Business
6. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)
7. Lost Highway
8. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
9. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
10. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin'
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Disc: 2
1. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)
2. Hey, Good Lookin'
3. Crazy Heart
4. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
5. Baby, We're Really in Love
6. Ramblin' Man
7. Honky Tonk Blues
8. I'm Sorry for You, My Friend
9. Half as Much
10. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs that live forever September 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Hank was a fine singer who ensured his place in popular music history by the exceptional quality of his songwriting. His songs were often recorded by pop singers of the time and this practice has continued ever since. He rarely recorded covers - so rarely that the ones he did record are often thought of as his own songs anyway.

This compilation was originally released on vinyl and later re-issued on CD. As far as song selection goes, this is the ultimate double CD of his music. The sound quality is plenty good enough for me, though it might be interesting to hear it digitally re-mastered with the latest technology.

Virtually every famous song associated with Hank can be found here, including all his own hits on the American country and pop charts. You can also find all the songs that have become popular via cover versions, some of which were only B-sides for Hank. The most significant omission (and it took me a while to notice that it was missing) is Honky tonkin', a great song but not absolutely essential.

Tribute albums and other cover versions continue to be recorded, not just in country and pop music, but also Cajun, jazz, rock and other genres, so each new generation gets reminded of Hank's legacy.

There have been many compilations of Hank's music but this is the only one that contains all the essentials and no more. As such, it is the ideal compilation for most people. I thought that the more recent British 4 CD budget box (Hillbilly hero) might include all the songs from this set but it does not cover his whole career and therefore omits several obvious songs including Jambalaya, You win again, Kaw-liga, Your cheating heart and Take these chains from my heart although it does include Honky tonkin'.

So if you only want one collection of Hank's music, make it this one.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab hold of this collection before it disappears forever November 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Believe it or not I purchased my copy of "Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits" when it was first released as a 2 LP set way back in 1978. I was not a big fan of country music in those days but I had heard and read enough about the man to know that he had played an important role in the history of American popular music. Even then I was sure that this was a collection worth owning.

Hank Williams meteoric rise to stardom began in Montgomery, Alabama as a high school student in the late 1930's. Known as "The Singing Kid" Hank hosted his very own radio show on radio station WSFA. Before long he would put together a backup band known as the Drifting Cowboys and the group began showing up in roadhouses, auditoriums and juke joints all over the region. From a very early age it was quite apparent that this young man had an awful lot of talent. However, Hank Williams' personal life was a mess. His father Lon virtually abandoned the family when Hank was very young. Hank's mom was extremely overbearing and by the age of 11 or 12 Hank had developed a taste for liquor. The scourge of alcoholism would plague him for the rest of his days. He would marry Audrey in 1944 and in many ways the marriage would become yet another source of unhappiness in young Hank's life. But in spite of it all this extremely gifted singer-songwriter was bound and determined to make his mark in country music.

The man who would come to be known as "the father of country music" signed on with the fledgling M-G-M label in 1947. After a couple of near misses "Lovesick Blues" was the surprise hit of 1949. Despite objections from all of his handlers Hank insisted on releasing it as a single. He obviously knew what he was doing because the song spent an amazing 16 weeks at the top of the country charts.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best January 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I never was a big fan of country music until I heard Hank Williams in the background of "The Last Picture Show". This prompted me to buy this double CD and once I listened I was hooked. I never heard such honesty, happiness, sorrow, and real life drama layed out so beautifully in any music genre. Hank sang from experience and the heart. He was a true cowboy and I can listen to his wonderful music all day. No matter who you are, there is a Hank Williams song that you can relate to and will touch your heart. I can't recommend this highly enough, Hank deserves every star in the universe for these masterpieces.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Would you expect to find a single c.d. of Elvis' greatest hits? Sinatra's greatest? The Beatles' greatest? Not unless you like eating half a sandwich. Hank rated up there with these guys as one of the top ten recording acts of all time. This c.d. set begins to do him justice. Buy it and avoid Mercury's "20 Greatest."
This set contains a rare track found nowhere else and which requires your purchase of this set at least long enough to burn a copy of the track. The track? "Weary Blues from Waitin,'" just as it was released as a single in 1953, which went straight to the top of the country charts. Even the COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS doesn't have it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Words October 10, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Hank Williams is a true master of words. As one reviewer previously mentioned, no lyricist or poet ever used such simple English to express such complicated feelings. On top of Hank's lyrical brilliance, he was a vocal genius. In the same way that Muddy Waters almost "created" the intonations in the vocals of all modern blues singers, Hank "created" the intonations and pauses in the vocals of all modern country singers. Both men were masters of vocal subtlety.
As for these two cd's, they are flawless. Sure, maybe your favorite Hank Williams song is missing, and there is one you're not crazy about in this collection. However, this is as perfect as a Hank cd can be. Hank Williams is probably one of the 10 greatest artists in the history of music; buy this cd now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd set
Love hank Williams great set good condition. ..
Published 19 days ago by curtis nathaniael garber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent CD & seller! Thank You!
Published 21 days ago by Eugene L Doten
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be in everyone's collection
heck of collection... love it!
Published 21 days ago by rw24
4.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Hank Sr.
I purchased this for my daughter who adores this. I am not such a huge Hank Williams fan, but she enjoys it very much. she says a must have for his fans.
Published 28 days ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the cds. GREAT value!
Published 1 month ago by Donalee S. Ledoux
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Singer!
I wasn't old enough to listen to Hank Williams live. But this collection is as close as I can get. I really enjoyed listening to all these songs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Hank, this is your album
40 great honky tonk songs done by the one and only Hank Williams may he rest in peace. This brought me back to my childhood and the days of listening to the Opry on WLS and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Supberb!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Gift.
I gave this to my best friend, and she loved it. I know if I need a gift for her, it just has to have Hank Williams on it.
Published 3 months ago by Lavender Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest
I am so happy to have this because it brings back many preteen years listening to Friday night opry in wheeling, wva and WSM in Nashville on Saturday nights when no television was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Art
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed these recordings to lend to friend with terminal cancer. She...
The CD came promptly and my friend was tickled . Am a big fan of Hank Williams but didn't have this particular CD. Thanks.
Published 6 months ago by William H. Plauth Jr.
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