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(Time Life) 54 tracks. At the peak of his career in 1951, Hank Williams recorded 143 songs for... more

Hank Williams: I Saw the Light - the Unreleased (3-CD - 1-DVD)

(Time Life) 54 tracks. At the peak of his career in 1951, Hank Williams recorded 143 songs for the Mother’s Best Flour Company. Hank performed with his regular studio band and recorded his hits as well as songs he never recorded commercially anywhere else. From this amazing legacy, Time Life is proud to release Hank Williams - I Saw The Light - The Unrelerased, a historic 54-track, 3-CD + 1 DVD collection drawn from the very best of the Mother’s Best recordings. It’s a rare, informal glimpse into the heart and soul of country music’s greatest star who passed away on New Year’s Day 1953, at age 29. These recordings give us a deeper insight into Hank’s life and music, showing a personality that had never been revealed previously. In this casual setting, it showcases his humor as he jokes with his band and the emcee, his love of music as he talks unguardedly about his favorite songs, and captures him in his prime. These shows are the first truly three-dimensional portrait of one of the giants of American music. What emerges is a full, rounded portrait of Williams at his creative and commercial peak. 'Lovesick Blues' is here, along with fine versions of 'I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You),' 'A Mansion on the Hill,' and the Williams-composed gospel classic 'I Saw the Light.' Exclusive bonus DVD: Hear the incredible story of these unreleased recordings in this revealing behind-the-scenes conversation between Hank’s daughter, Jett Williams, and two members of Hank’s band, Don Helms and Big Bill Lister (NTSC, not rated Code 0, english, 41 minutes).

Article properties: Hank Williams: I Saw the Light - the Unreleased (3-CD - 1-DVD)

  • Interpret: Hank Williams

  • Album titlle: I Saw the Light - the Unreleased (3-CD - 1-DVD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Time Life

  • Year of publication 2015
  • Special Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0610583521726

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Williams, Hank - I Saw the Light - the Unreleased (3-CD - 1-DVD) CD 1
01 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Hank Williams
02 Dust on the Bible Hank Williams
03 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams
04 I Heard My Savior Calling Me Hank Williams
05 Precious Lord, Take My Hand Hank Williams
06 Hey, Good Lookin' Hank Williams
07 On Top of Old Smoky Hank Williams
08 I Can't Tell My Heart That Hank Williams
09 I Dreamed That the Great Judgement Morning Hank Williams
10 Next Sunday Darling Is My Birthday Hank Williams
11 At the First Fall of Snow Hank Williams
12 Dear John Hank Williams
13 The Blind Child's Prayer (Live) Hank Williams
14 I'll Have a New Life Hank Williams
15 On the Banks of the Pontchartrain Hank Williams
16 Low and Lonely Hank Williams
17 Drifting Too Far from the Shore Hank Williams
18 I'm Gonna Sing Hank Williams
Williams, Hank - I Saw the Light - the Unreleased (3-CD - 1-DVD) CD 2
01 I Can't Help It Hank Williams
02 Seaman's Blues Hank Williams
03 The Prodigal Son Hank Williams
04 Cherokee Boogie Hank Williams
05 Where He Leads Me Hank Williams
06 From Jerusalem to Jericho Hank Williams
07 Cool Water Hank Williams
08 I've Got My One-Way Ticket to the Sky Hank Williams
09 Searching for a Soldier's Grave Hank Williams
10 California Zephyr Hank Williams
11 Softly and Tenderly Hank Williams
12 Just When I Needed You Hank Williams
13 Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet Hank Williams
14 Why Should We Try Anymore Hank Williams
15 The Old Country Church Hank Williams
16 May You Never Be Alone Hank Williams
17 When the Fire Comes Down Hank Williams
18 Lonely Tombs Hank Williams
Williams, Hank - I Saw the Light - the Unreleased (3-CD - 1-DVD) CD 3
01 Pictures from Life's Other Side Hank Williams
02 I'll Fly Away Hank Williams
03 Cold, Cold Heart Hank Williams
04 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Hank Williams
05 When God Dips His Love in My Heart Hank Williams
06 Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine Hank Williams
07 When the Saints Go Marchin' in (Live) Hank Williams
08 I'll Sail My Ship Alone Hank Williams
09 Wedding Bells Hank Williams
10 Mind Your Own Business Hank Williams
11 You Blotted My Happy Schooldays Hank Williams
12 Where the Soul Never Dies Hank Williams
13 Pins and Needles [In My Heart] Hank Williams
14 Tennessee Border Hank Williams
15 There's Nothing As Sweet As My Baby Hank Williams
16 Wait for the Light to Shine Hank Williams
17 If I Didn't Love You Hank Williams
18 The Pale Horse and His Rider Hank Williams
Hank Williams was to me the first rock 'n' roll singer. Don Everly When Hank Williams's... more
"Hank Williams"

Hank Williams was to me the first rock 'n' roll singer.
Don Everly

When Hank Williams's first M-G-M record hit radio stations and Southern juke joints in June 1947, country music was poised for a seismic shift. Western swing and cowboy crooners were waning in popularity, as were the mournful wails of Roy Acuff and trumpet-driven jukebox novelties. Eddy Arnold and Red Foley ruled the charts with finely honed records that sounded more uptown than down-home. Beyond a few select artists with established regional appeal, the major labels mostly ignored Southeastern vocalists who sounded too 'hillbilly,' leaving this market to aggressive independent labels. When King Records in Cincinnati began racking impressive sales figures with raw, unabashedly rural music, the majors took notice but stayed the course.

Williams's Move It On Over was not Ernest Tubb's, Floyd Tillman's or Moon Mullican's Texas honky tonk. It was something fresh and exciting, fusing passionate Acuffian phrasing with a high-volume backbeat straight out of late '30s Chicago race records. It rocked like crazy and formally introduced Hank Williams as a significant voice in country music.

Williams's early years and influences have been thoroughly documented elsewhere. New York writer Roger Williams (no relation) wrote the first significant biography in 1970 ('Sing A Sad Song: A Life Of Hank Williams'; Doubleday). The next fifteen years brought other full-length bios by Jay Caress, Chet Flippo, and George William Koon, among others. Dr. Charles K. Wolfe and Bob Pinson also contributed to our understanding of Williams's life, music, career and recordings. These studies have been largely supplanted by Colin Escott's 'Hank Williams: A Biography' (Little, Brown & Co., 1994) and his notes to Mercury Records' comprehensive 1998 compact disc anthology 'The Complete Hank Williams.'

Hiram 'Hank' Williams was born September 17, 1923 in Mount Olive Community, Alabama, the second child born to Elonzo Huble Williams (1891-1970) and Jessie Lillie Belle Skipper (1898-1955). Lon Williams, a native of Lowndes County, Alabama, was a locomotive driver for a logging company when he met Lillie Skipper. The couple struggled financially after their November 1916 marriage, often relying on help from Lillie's family and meager income from a small general store in their house. Lon Williams was drafted into the army in July 1918, spending part of the next eleven months in France. During his military service he suffered a serious head injury in either a drunken brawl over a woman or a fall from a truck. Although he apparently recovered, the injury caused irreparable neurological damage that later resurfaced.

Returning from the war, Lon Williams worked sporadically at the lumberyards, while Lillie took jobs as a nurse, a cannery worker and seamstress. Their first child, Irene, was born in August 1922, followed by Hank a year later.

Life was hard, but the family got by. On Sundays Lillie sang and played organ at the Mount Olive West Baptist Church. In one of his rare print interviews, Hank recalled those days to San Francisco journalist Ralph J. Gleason. "My earliest memory is sittin' on that organ stool and hollerin'," he said. "I must have been five, six years old, and louder 'n anybody else."

His parents noticed their son had a swollen spot on his spine, a birth defect later diagnosed as Spina Bifida Occulta. If not corrected by surgery, the spinal cord could herniate outward from the spine. Hank's condition went untreated. As he aged, the ailment progressed, leaving him susceptible to back injuries and debilitating pain.

Soon after the 1929 stock market crash, Lon became impaired by a brain aneurysm likely triggered by his earlier head injury. Temporarily unable to speak and his face paralyzed, he was admitted to a Veterans Administration hospital in Biloxi that November. He never lived with his family again.

from booklet BCD16636 - Hank Williams Rockin'Chair Money - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/williams-hank-rockin-chair-money-gonna-shake-this-shack-tonight.html
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