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Sing Hank Williams

January 1, 1971 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1971
  • Release Date: January 1, 1971
  • Label: Sun International
  • Total Length: 21:51
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003VQBN4M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,007 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on July 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When Johnny Cash bolted from Sun into the welcoming arms of Columbia, he left a good helping of unreleased material in his former label's vault. Sun's owner savvily packaged this material across several singles and albums and placed it in the market to compete (often very successfully) with Cash's newer Columbia releases. The original issue of this 1960 album was just such a collection, combining a quartet of Hank Williams covers with a helping of Cash's original songs (picking up singles that were hits shortly after Cash left Sun, such as "Straight A's in Love," for example), and a cover of Leon Payne's "I Love You Because."

Varese's first-ever CD reissue of this album takes several liberties, including, most substantially, using the undubbed masters in preference to the original chorus-dubbed tracks. One can argue as to whether Cash originally intended for the undubbed trio recordings to go out, but there's no arguing that removing the syrupy chorus (most likely charted by Jack Clement) only amplifies these tracks' true grit. Ironically, many of Williams' own recordings were similarly overdubbed after the singer's death, only to be re-released in original form in more recent times.

Williams' songs fit Cash's tic-tac rhythms to a tee, with the pining "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)" and mournful "(I Heart That) Lonesome Whistle Blow" matching Cash's emotional delivery particularly well. The latter, along with "Cold Cold Heart" appear here as bonus tracks, having inexplicably been left off the original album. Additional bonuses include alternate versions of Cash's "Come Stranger" and "Wide Open Road," as well as a chorus-backed take of "I Love You Because."

Like many of the post-Sun assembly albums, this one isn't completely coherent, and duplicates key Cash tracks available in many places. But with a chance to hear the undubbed masters of the Williams' tracks, this provides compelling, new ground for domestic Cash collectors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Adams on December 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Johnny Cash wanted to be a gospel singer, but Sam Philips told him there wasn't a market for gospel. Ultimately, Cash left Sun Records for Columbia, which allowed him to record religious music, but Cash did at least record a few gospel songs on the Sun label--all of which are included on this set.
The gospel Sun recordings are "Belshazah," one of the earliest songs from Cash's pen, and "I Was There When It Happened," a cover version. The other two "gospel" songs aren't really religious at all, though they contain the words, "Lord," "God," etc., as in "If the Good Lord's Willing," which is really a love song. So Sunday Down South is a bit of a stretch as far as gospel songs go, in terms of Cash's output.
Jerry Lee Lewis redeems the album, particularly "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Will the Circle be Unbroken." The piano is such a righteous instrument. He recorded a few more gospel tunes than did Cash.
It should be noted that Cash and Lewis didn't collaborate for this album; Philips simply brought these songs together to sell a few albums. (Lewis did play piano on a few Cash recordings, though I'm not sure he does on any of these songs.)
The second half of the disc contains other Sun releases: Cash and Lewis' covers of Hank Williams, which were released as singles, EP's and LP's in their day. These are really good.
One last note: the CD version contains piano overdubs (not by Lewis) on some of Cash's songs. The overdubs are particularly annoying and were added long after Cash left Sun Records. Some cassette and vinyl versions do not include the overdubs, but if you want these recordings as they were originally released--not as they were originally recorded--this disc is for you. Minus one star for the overdubs, though.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jbembe on July 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
THis is a nice CD, but you should save your time and money by purchasing the Box Set Man In Black 1954-1958. With this box set, you will have every song here, and will be able to simply burn a CD exactly the same as this one if you would like to (which is what I did.) I have also generated several other Best of Sun years-type collections all from this one box set. These releases are only useful to give me new interesting ways to organize the music I already own.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Varese Records has released "Sings Hank Williams & Other Favorites", featuring Sun recordings that made Mr. Johnny Cash the legend that he is. Cash has a delivery that makes a song his own. Varese cooks up a delectable meal with all the right ingredients for enjoyable listening...and Johnny Cash is the chef in charge.
Let's get to the stand outs and highlights ~ "I LOVE YOU BECAUSE", Johnny sings this from the heart, and that's why we love him just because ~ "MEAN EYED CAT", just give your money to your honey at the general store, Cash the master storyteller tells it like it is ~ "I CAN'T HELP IT (IF I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU)", just listen to these lyrics, Johnny makes it all believeable as we think of June Carter.
The Sun Years will always be some of my personal favorites ~ this is a great beginning to survey the Johnny Cash sound that still rings true in our ears. The alternate and previously unreleased bonus tracks are a plus. Every track on this album shines, which makes it a very good value to add to your ever growing collection. A worthwhile venture is the result ~ we'll sorely miss him, but through Varese recordings we can relive and enjoy "The Man in Black" aka ~ Mr. Johnny Cash...gotta love it!
Total Time: 39:22 on 17 Tracks ~ Varese 64642 ~ (6/17/2003)
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