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Straight to Hell

Hank Williams IIIAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bruc Records
  • ASIN: B000AGTQGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Satan Is Real/Straight To Hell
2. Thrown Out Of The Bar
3. Things You Do To Me
4. Country Heroes
5. D Ray White
6. Low Down
7. Pills I Took
8. Smoke & Wine
9. My Drinkin' Problem
10. Crazed Country Rebel
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Track 1

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A new album from Hank Williams III is always a revelation: first, because it came out at all (his relationship with his label is as stormy as the marriage of his legendary grandparents); and second, because of its content and execution. So it's something of a miracle to see a 2-CD set of some of III's most hardcore Hellbilly (as opposed to the relentless screaming of his Assjack), especially as a number of the songs had been scheduled to appear on his unreleased 2003 album Thrown Out of the Bar. Hank III calls the new offering--recorded mostly on a $500 machine, for a DIY sound--a "thrill ride into a life of sin." This may explain the fact that Straight to Hell, which opens with some old-fashioned gospel and abruptly ends with the sound of a belly-laughing Satan, comes with a parental advisory sticker. He earns it, all right, especially on "Dick in Dixie," which is not a song about a man named Richard. As usual, III spends a lot of time pointing out what's wrong with Nashville; worshiping pills, weed, and wine; and self-mythologizing. But when he gets down to business, putting his graddaddy's bray on such songs of misery as "Angel of Sin," well, all is forgiven. III also gets big points for the second disc's 42-minute hidden track, a self-indulgent but brilliant pastiche of sound comprised of a Hank Sr. song ("I Could Never Be Ashamed of You"), snippets of a Wayne "The Train" Hancock tune, a fragment of a song III wrote with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, a little Cheech and Chong, as well as assorted sounds of a speeding train, runaway horses, pig snorts, a gunshot, and some hellfire-and-brimstone preaching. A drug-laced dream? The soundtrack to that journey to Hades of the album title? Damned interesting, either way. --Alanna Nash

Product Description

A new album from Hank Williams III is always a revelation: first, because it came out at all (his relationship with his label is as stormy as the marriage of his legendary grandparents); and second, because of its content and execution. This 2 CD set includes the songs 'Things You Do To Me' and 'My Drinkin Problem'. The second disc features a 42-minute hidden track. Atlantic. 2006.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criticism of sound quality? Please... March 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Whoever criticized the sound quality apparently has no idea of the back-history regarding this album.

Hank III spent 4 years fighting with his label to put out a record on his own terms, without the slick Nashville production of Risin' Outlaw and most of the boybands-with-a-fiddle on the radio. In addition to wanting to select and write his own material without compromise, he also wanted to record a raw album, produce it himself with minimal overdubs and slick production. This was the way records used to be made in the 50s when most classic country was still recorded in primitive studios and released on independent labels. Considering the concept behind this album, the production quality sounds surpisingly modern. Hank III did an excellent job caputuring the nuances of acoustic instruments, and mixing them in a way that is very crisp and clear (unlike most vintage recordings from the 50s). He made the record himself at his house in a relaxed, creative environment - but unlike artists in the 50s, he used digital multitrack recording to more accurately capture the instruments. The vocals are more raw in places, but this is a throwback to hillbilly mountain music and western swing. It's not supposed to be pretty and slick. That's the whole point. Next time, be careful not to miss the forest for the trees.

And all that being said, there are quite a few songs that would stand up to anything on modern country radio as a hit song. Listen to "Low Down", "My Drinking Problem" or "Things You Do To Me". The vocal production on all of those songs, and the multi-part backing vocals on "Low Down" in particular, sound professionally-produced. The vocals match the top-notch sound quality of the instruments, the accessible quality of songwriting, and the tight performances.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Country is Back! June 20, 2006
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I'm an old fart. I bought 78's of Hank Sr. I had vinyl, then CD's, of Hank Jr. I liked 'em both, for their likeness and their differences. In Hank III, who I never knew existed until I saw this cd here on Amazon, is living proof that the hank legacy is real. This is one frikkin great cd. I love it!
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sanitized Version of The Real Record July 1, 2006
By PMazzei
Format:Audio CD
Before purchasing this record, please be aware that this is a "sanitized" version of the real record. For purists, this would be akin to throwing a loincloth over Michelangelo's David. Those whose delicate sensibilities would be offended by the real record wouldn't like Hank anyway. So why bother? Pass on this adulturated disc and get the real one. Five stars for Hank, only one for the sanitized version for adulturating the original masterpiece.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars pass on this...look for the original version!!! December 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is Curb records pathetic attempt to get more $$ from one of the artists who have left their label. It is a stripped down version of what is an otherwise INCREDIBLE album. It was released several years ago to rave reviews, and has been one of Hank III's strongest albums to date. It's rowdy, it's raw, and it is most definitely IN YOUR FACE!! If you don't get easily offended, and would like to hear the ORIGINAL version of this album, please purchase the UNEDITED VERSION. And check out hank3.com for all of his new music that was released on his OWN label. I am not trying to slam Amazon. They have nothing to do with the release of this "sugar coated" version of Straight to Hell. 5 stars for Hank 3...1 star for this ploy from Curb Records to get MORE $$ from someone with whom they had a shaky business relationship. Shame on you, Curb records...SHAME ON YOU!!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't think ole Hank done it this way December 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a watered down version of the original in your face, unapologetic, true outlaw country that Hank 3 fans have come to expect. This is a lame attempt at Curb to continue to destroy their artists in the name of the all mighty dollar. I can only believe that they are releasing the ammended version before the holidays to doup unexpecting customers. If you want the real version, do NOT purchase this CD. Hank is true, raw grit. The CD was released the way he intended for it. When coroporations re-release ammended versions, please know that it is not the artists vision. There are currently 4 CDs on Hank3.com that are for sale. All are very different styles and, all are what he visioned. He recorded, mixed and relesed the 4 CDs on his site without interference from corporate music. In my book, Hank 3 is real. He is as real as they come. I don't like my music washed down by an office exec telling me what they think is better. Go get after Hank3.com. Go get the original version of this release. I don't think ole Hank done it this way!!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MIND-BLOWING COUNTRY MUSIC AS IT SHOULD BE!! April 8, 2006
By Coleen
Format:Audio CD
This album is a masterpiece in ANY music genre! It happens to be country music, which I normally cannot stand, but this is BRILLIANT! The lyrics really stick it up the wahzoo's of purveyors of boring pop/rock-country. Loads of people have already said it, but Grandpappy Hank Sr. would be SO proud!

This sprawling 2-disc set (talk about spraaaawl - the 2nd disc is ONE very long song! - Kinda like The Beatles' Revolution Nine on the White Album, a trippy sound collage of some Hillbilly Hell in Hank's head!) kinda reminds me of the album, London Calling by The Clash, in that each song is so varied from the previous. How appropriate that the album is titled Straight to Hell, since The Clash have a song by that name. They were punk/reggae/rockers, not country, but I get the same adrenaline rush when I put this CD on as I did the first 40 times I listened to the first Clash CD! Even on the slower twanga-a-doodle songs (of which there of very few)...My favorite tracks are ALL OF 'EM!! But especially, Pills I Took - it's hilarious! That's another thing about this album - it's a hoot! It'll have you smiling, I guarantee it, maybe even hootin' and hollerin'. I'm off in the direction of Hank III's other CDs...if they are half as good as this, I'll still be very pleased!
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