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Hank Thompson The Pathways Of My Life 1966-86 (8-CD)

The Pathways Of My Life 1966-86 (8-CD)
 
 
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Hank Thompson: The Pathways Of My Life 1966-86 (8-CD)

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8-CD Box-Set (LP-size) with 128-page hardcover book, 246 tracks. Total playing time approx. 673 mns.
  • This box set includes all his post-Capitol recordings for Warner Brothers, Dot, ABC, Churchill, and MCA/Dot during the twenty year period from 1966 through 1986.
  • On 8 CDs you find all the hits, along with every album track, and dozens of rarities and overlooked gems that have never been available on CD before now.
  • In addition to the music, this collection comes with a hardcover book featuring a complete discography of Hank's recordings from the era, dozens of photos from his personal scrapbooks, and an in-depth essay by Scott B. Bomar.
This second Bear Family box set of Hank Thompson's studio recordings picks up where the previous collection ended and includes all his post-Capitol recordings for Warner Bros., Dot, ABC, Churchill, and MCA/Dot during the twenty year period from 1966 through 1986. It was an era when Hank would experiment with new sounds while repeatedly returning to the unparalleled brand of honky-tonk infused western swing that made him a legend.

If one were to completely ignore the achievements of his classic years on Capitol Records and only consider his career from 1966 onward, Hank Thompson would still be regarded as a major country music success story. He placed twelve LPs on the country album chart during this era, including three in the top 20. Additionally, he racked up thirty charting singles, including the top 20 hits Where Is The Circus, He's Got A Way With Women, On Tap, In The Can, Or In The Bottle, Smoky The Bar, Next Time I Fall In Love (I Won't), The Mark Of A Heel, I've Come Awful Close, Cab Driver, The Older The Violin, The Sweeter The Music, and Who Left The Door To Heaven Open.

This 8-CD collection features all the hits, along with every album track, and dozens of rarities and overlooked gems that have never been available on CD before now. Included are complete theme albums such as Hank's tributes to The Mills Brothers and Nat 'King' Cole, as well as his album of songs about Oklahoma, and the instrumental recordings he made with his band, the incomparable Brazos Valley Boys. Also included are more than twenty titles that have never been released in any format, including an album's worth of excellent truck driving songs that were inexplicably shelved until the release of this set.

In addition to the music, this collection comes with a hardcover book featuring a complete discography of Hank's recordings from the era, dozens of photos from his personal scrapbooks, and an in-depth essay by Scott B. Bomar drawn from nearly twenty new interviews with those closest to Hank, and detailing the evolution of a legacy artist finding his place in a changing country music marketplace while continually reasserting the magic of the Thompson touch.

8-CD Box-Set (LP-size) with 128-page hardcover book, 246 tracks. Total playing time approx. 673 mns.


 

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Artikeleigenschaften von Hank Thompson: The Pathways Of My Life 1966-86 (8-CD)

  • Interpret: Hank Thompson

  • Albumtitel: The Pathways Of My Life 1966-86 (8-CD)

  • Format Box set
  • Genre Country

  • Title The Pathways Of My Life 1966-86 (8-CD)
  • Label Bear Family Productions

  • Price code HK
  • SubGenre Country - General

  • EAN: 5397102172601

  • weight in Kg 2.800
 
 

Artist description "Thompson, Hank"

Hank Thompson

 HANK THOMPSON

Everything about Hank Thompson was modern. He was one of the first country singers to record on audio tape, the first to record a live album. For years, he flew his own plane to shows. Sick of dealing with crappy dancehall sound systems, he designed and built his own. Handed a coveted membership in the Grand Ole Opry in 1949, soured by the low pay and Nashville's musical conservatism, he quickly went back to his native Texas.

Actually, the Waco-born Thompson grew up favoring Gene Autry, the Carter Family, Vernon Dalhart, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Tubb and the Opry over the locally generated Western Swing of the Light Crust Doughboys and Milton Brown. After he got his first guitar in 1935 at age ten, his singing won so many amateur shows at the Waco Theater that by the time he was in high school, WACO gave him a Monday-Friday morning radio show as 'Hank The Hired Hand.' He did the final broadcast in January, 1943, the morning he left for the Navy. Home in 1946, studying toward a degree (and career) in electronics, he began playing Tubb-influenced honky tonk with his new band, the Brazos Valley Boys. By fall, he had his first regional hit, Whoa Sailor, on the local Globe label. A year later, after opening for Tex Ritter in Waco, Ritter recommended Hank to Capitol where Humpty Dumpty Heart became his first national hit in 1948.

Quick to adapt to changing realities, and aiming at the dancehall circuit, Hank directed guitarist Billy Gray to reinvent the Brazos Valley Boys as a danceable Western Swing-influenced outfit, minus the jazzy instrumental solos he never cared for. Dissatisfied with the small crowds he drew performing around Dallas, he relocated to Oklahoma City in 1951, by then boasting a sound as identifiable as Lefty Frizzell's or Ray Price's. He was blending his jovial honky tonk vocals with swing-flavored accompaniment. The band's high standards earned them awards for over a decade. From 1953 on, his buddy Merle Travis played on nearly all Hank's sessions and on a good many tours.


Hank's way with a ballad was apparent on his biggest hit, his 1952 cover of Jimmie Heap's The Wild Side Of Life, which inspired the answer song, It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (Kitty Wells's first hit). He further demonstrated his ballad skills on I'll Sign My Heart Away and other numbers. Nonetheless, he made his reputation on upbeat bounces like Wake Up Irene, Rub-A-Dub-Dub, A Fooler A Faker, Honky Tonk Girl and A Six Pack To Go. His hits helped keep the Western Swing sound alive during the '50s and '60s when it was largely out of favor.

Jim Halsey, who became Hank's manager in 1952, brought new ideas to the table like Hank's longtime relationship with Falstaff Beer in a day when corporate sponsorship of country acts was rare. Halsey suggested Capitol record Hank onstage at the Golden Nugget in Vegas in 1961—making him the first country artist to record a live album. Hank parted ways with Capitol in 1964. After two years with Warner Bros., he spent 13 years with Dot/MCA, recording in Nashville. The Dot era brought a few major hits. Nonetheless, while reflecting on his recording career in the book accompanying Bear Family's Thompson box set, he concluded, "I’d play one of those Dot records then drop one of those old Capitols on, and it was all the difference in the world between the presence and quality of the Capitols and what Dot put out." The Country Music Hall Of Fame inducted him in 1989.

 

Hank, who settled in Keller, Texas, northwest of Dallas, remained on the road, performing with local bands after dissolving the Brazos Valley Boys. His later albums included 1997’s 'Hank Thompson And Friends,'an underpromoted all-star effort on Curb, and HighTone's far superior 'Seven Decades,' released in 2000. Like fellow Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner, he literally continued until the end. At times, he'd appear with the Brazos Valley Boys, who'd reformed as an independent band, and billed more recent shows as part of his 'Sunset Tour.' He headlined a show back in Waco on October 8, 2007, proclaimed by Texas' governor as 'Hank Thompson Day.' Late that month, doctors discovered fast-moving, terminal lung cancer. He announced his retirement November 4; two days later, he was gone. In lieu of a funeral, friends and fans assembled at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth on November 14 to celebrate his remarkable life and career. In 2008, Bear Family will release a 33 track Thompson collection as part of its 'Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight' series.

 

 
Customer evaluation "The Pathways Of My Life 1966-86 (8-CD)"
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From: Redecker 2014-03-13 16:01:56

Ultimately, this is of course a serious investment to make to an artist.
Country Music People 12/13 Duncan Warwick

 
From: Redecker 2014-03-13 16:00:35

Eine lohnenswerte Box für Liebhaber echter Countrymusic.
No Fences # 62 Harald Harland

 
From: Redecker 2014-03-13 14:02:37

Gewohnt Bear-Family-hochklassig auch das voluminöse Hardcover-Begleitbuch der Box im LP-Format.
Good Times 1/14 Ullrich Schuster

 
From: Redecker 2014-03-13 14:02:18

Hank Thompson was one of the greats of country music. This second Bear Family box set amply illustrates that the quality of his music was high throughout his long and successful career. Thank you, Bear Family.
Now Dig This 2/14 Howard Cockburn

 
 
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