Hank Williams Gold (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: June 14, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Mercury Nashville
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.I Saw The Light
- 2.A Mansion On The Hill
- 3.Honky Tonkin'
- 4.Move It On Over
- 5.You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)
- 6.I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
- 7.Mind Your Own Business
- 8.My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
- 9.Long Gone Lonesome Blues
- 10.Cold, Cold Heart
- 11.Howlin' At The Moon
- 12.I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
- 13.Hey, Good Lookin'
- 14.Ramblin' Man
- 15.I Dreamed About Mama Last Night
- 16.Lonesome Whistle (I Heard That)
- 17.Honky Tonk Blues
- 18.Half As Much
- 19.Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
- 20.Settin' The Woods On Fire
- 21.I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
- 22.You Win Again
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Your Cheatin' Heart
- 2.Please Make Up Your Mind
- 4.Take These Chains From My Heart
- 5.Rockin' Chair Money
- 6.Please Don't Let Me Love You
- 7.Someday You'll Call My Name
- 8.Cool Water
- 9.First Year Blues
- 10.Alone And Forsaken
- 11.The Angel Of Death
- 12.Ready To Go Home
- 13.There's A Tear In My Beer
- 14.Weary Blues From Waitin'
- 15.Why Don't You Love Me
- 16.Moanin' The Blues
- 17.I'm A Long Gone Daddy
- 18.Lost Highway
- 19.I Can't Get You Off My Mind
- 20.Lovesick Blues
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Liner Note Author: Kira Florita.
Recording information: 04/21/1947-09/23/1952.
It is difficult to complete with Mercury's 1978 two-disc Hank Williams set 40 GREATEST HITS, which set the standard for compilations to follow with its inventive sequencing and superb song selection. GOLD, however, comes mighty close. With 42 tracks spread out over two CDs, digitally remastered sound, and a thick booklet packed with notes and photographs, GOLD is an excellent primer for the Williams novice.
Williams wrote so many incredible songs--so many time-tested paeans to love, loss, joy, loneliness, and heartbreak--that it is impossible to include them all under one cover. But where GOLD is missing such gems as "Nobody's Lonesome for Me" and "Baby We're Really in Love," it includes live tracks, demo rarities like "Please Don't Let Me Love You," stark anthems like "Alone and Forsaken," and two songs that Williams recorded under the name Luke the Drifter. In between are scads of Hank essentials, including "Your Cheatin' Heart," the aching "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)," and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" (one of pop music's great existentialist anthems). If you aren't acquainted with Hank Williams--and even if you are--GOLD is a great bet.
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