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Straight to Hell

Hank Williams IIIAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 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 (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,623 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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49 of 50 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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19 of 19 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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51 of 58 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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required purchase for fans of real country. February 28, 2006
By Bill R.
Format:Audio CD
This album is incredible. It's everything that's great about his other two albums but with a newfound level of independence he found by recording it himself (on a simple $500 digital recorder anyone could buy from a music store).

Every track has it's little surprises - being the first-ever country album with a parental advisory sticker (that I know of anyway), it's still kind of funny to hear him throw out a random swear when talking about the sheriff's wife or Kid Rock.

The quality of the music on Disc 1 is nothing short of amazing. Certain passages of music made my jaw drop at the sheer intensity of the playing and the passion Hank's band put behind this thing. Though it was recorded by Hank and two of his friends alone, the sound quality is great - country the way it should be, from the heart, without all the studio gloss they use on Britney Spears albums.

Disc 2 is something else entirely. Hank describes it in an interview as being "done wrong," just "having fun" with his band. It's two tracks, a regular song and the second being one long montage of atmospheric noises like trains, slowed down music, and some fun stuff thrown in like the first Hank III cover of a Hank Sr. song, "I Could Never Be Ashamed of You." I won't ruin all the surprises for you but it's a heck of a listen.

If you're already a III fan, you should already know how good this is. If you're a pop-country music fan, know and understand that this ain't Big and Rich, Kenny Chesney, or Tim McGraw. Hank III is real country, done his way, and if you don't like it, he doesn't care.

But if you know anything about country music, you should like it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Real country is back!!
I thought country music officially hit rock bottom after watching the CMA Country Christmas special last December - which was the most awful music program I have EVER seen! Read more
Published 8 days ago by dylanfan1235
5.0 out of 5 stars HankWilliams,3
Great music from the son of Hank
Williams,Jr. and grandson of Hank Sr.!
Despite the bad language,it's a
masterpiece of music! Well done!
Published 12 days ago by paulaanngallo
5.0 out of 5 stars Of course it is Great it is Hank 3
Hank 3 is very talented and this is a great album. So glad to have my own copy of it.
Published 1 month ago by Julie brown
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!
Straight to Hell is my favorite Hank III, I also enjoy all the other ones but this is the one I go to if I want to jam out to some good tunes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of III
This is by far Hank III's best collection. Make sure that you get the unedited version. If there is one Hank III disc to buy, it's this one
Published 3 months ago by Kent E. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl
Purchased Vinyl edition of this album and I could not be more happy with my buy. I would recommend to a friend and make the purchase a second time If given the chance.
Published 3 months ago by thisismypenname42
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
one of the best cd's ove ever bought...i love all kinds of music but this cd is the best of country...REAL COUNTRY........a must have for any real music lover of all genres.
Published 4 months ago by Josh Ely
5.0 out of 5 stars Best modern Outlaw Country album ever
I've been listening to this album for months off and on and thought it was time that I actually put my two cents in. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kc-scout
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD.
I am on the wrong side of fifty and don't keep up with new artists like I did when I was younger. This CD is the first CD I have purchased for myself.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this cd after hearing only one song
Hank 3 popped up on my facebook page for music I might like. I had never heard of him before, didn't know anything about him. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aaron S. Johnson
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