Hank Williams Turn Back The Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection (3-CD)

Turn Back The Years: The Essential Hank Williams
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Format: CD  (3 Discs)
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  • Number of Discs: 3
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  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Mercury Nashville

Description by OLDIES.com:

Instead of dropping another greatest-hits anthology or an unsurprising set of leftover rarities, Turn Back the Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection, draws together 60 remarkable songs, surveyed by noted Hank Williams authority, Colin Escott, the way a museum curator would, gathering contrasting perspectives on the major themes - Love, God, and The Pursuit of Happiness - that have always rambled through Hank's work. The resulting three-disc collection doesn't replace the excellent 2002 career overview Hank Williams: The Ultimate Collection. Turn Back the Years is less a comprehensive summation of his work than an examination of the forces that shaped and ruled Hank's short and troubled life.

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Entertainment Weekly - No. 845, p.75
"...[T]his sequencing might make serious students hear new things in each catch-and-moan bray of misery--like the pre-Elvis roots of rock & roll." - Grade: A-

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $1.291.Honky Tonkin'
  • Buy for $0.992.Rockin' Chair Money
  • Buy for $0.993.I'm A Long Gone Daddy
  • Buy for $0.994.I've Been Down That Road Before
  • Buy for $1.295.Moanin' The Blues
  • Buy for $0.996.(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
  • Buy for $0.997.Rootie Tootie
  • Buy for $0.998.You Better Keep It On Your Mind
  • Buy for $1.299.Settin' The Woods On Fire
  • Buy for $1.2910.Wearin' Out Your Walkin' Shoes
  • Buy for $1.2911.Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals
  • Buy for $1.2912.Ramblin' Man
  • Buy for $0.9913.Tennessee Border
  • Buy for $0.9914.Howlin' At The Moon
  • Buy for $1.2915.Move It On Over
  • Buy for $1.2916.Hey, Good Lookin'
  • Buy for $1.2917.Leave Me Along With The Blues
  • Buy for $1.2918.Lost Highway
  • Buy for $1.2919.Honky Tonk Blues
  • Buy for $1.2920.There's A Tear In My Beer

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $1.291.Lovesick Blues
  • Buy for $0.992.Wedding Bells
  • Buy for $0.993.Mansion On The Hill
  • Buy for $0.994.I'm Free At Last
  • Buy for $1.295.My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate)
  • Buy for $1.296.Your Cheatin' Heart
  • Buy for $0.997.First Year Blues
  • Buy for $0.998.On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain
  • Buy for $0.999.May You Never Be Alone
  • Buy for $0.9910.House WIthout Love
  • Buy for $1.2911.They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
  • Buy for $1.2912.I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • Buy for $1.2913.Let's Turn Back The Years
  • Buy for $0.9914.I'm So Tired Of It All
  • Buy for $1.2915.Cold, Cold Heart
  • Buy for $0.9916.You Win Again
  • Buy for $1.2917.Please Make Up Your Mind
  • Buy for $1.2918.Fool About You
  • Buy for $0.9919.Weary Blues From Waiting
  • Buy for $0.9920.I Can't Escape From You

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $1.291.I Saw The Light
  • Buy for $0.992.Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine
  • Buy for $1.293.Calling You
  • Buy for $1.294.Wealth Won't Save Your Soul
  • Buy for $0.995.The Pale Horse And His Rider
  • Buy for $1.296.Beyond The Sunset
  • Buy for $1.297.Are You Walkin' And A Talkin' For The Lord?
  • Buy for $0.998.Let The Spirit Descend
  • Buy for $1.299.The Battle Of Armageddon
  • Buy for $1.2910.Alone And Forsaken
  • Buy for $0.9911.Drifting Too Far From The Shore
  • Buy for $1.2912.House Of Gold
  • Buy for $0.9913.Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies
  • Buy for $1.2914.How Can You Refuse Him Now?
  • Buy for $0.9915.Tramp On The Street
  • Buy for $0.9916.Lost On The River
  • Buy for $0.9917.When God Dips His Love In My Heart
  • Buy for $1.2918.Neath A Cold Gray Tomb Of Stone
  • Buy for $1.2919.I'll Have A New Body (I'll Have A New Life)
  • Buy for $0.9920.Angel Of Death

Product Description:

Personnel: Hank Williams; Don Helms, Lum York, Tommy Bishop, Cedric Rainwater, Jerry Rivers, Jimmy Day, Red Foley, Audrey Williams, Big Bill Lister, Samuel K. "Sammy" Pruett, Red Todd, Joe Pennington, Sonny Norred.
While there are dozens of Hank Williams anthologies on the market, only a handful of these approach the quality and consistency of 2005's TURN BACK THE YEARS: THE ESSENTIAL HANK WILLIAMS COLLECTION. Rather than following a strictly chronological order, this Mercury Nashville three-disc set arranges its 60 tunes into thematic CDs that cover the range of the country legend's brief recording career, from 1946 to 1952.
The first disc focuses on the freewheeling, hard-drinking side of Williams, presenting tunes such as the rollicking "Move It on Over," the caddish "Hey, Good Lookin'," and the rambling "Lost Highway." While the second disc features songs of heartbreak and loneliness (the timeless tale of infidelity "Your Cheatin' Heart" and the woe-is-me classic "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"), the third disc sets its sights on spiritual tunes both redemptive ("I Saw the Light") and bleak ("Angel of Death"). Every song on TURN BACK THE YEARS showcases Williams's charismatic vocals and spare, twangy arrangements, reinforcing exactly why he is revered as the reigning country icon of the first half of the 20th century.

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  • Sales Rank: 102,228
  • UPC: 602498845394
  • Shipping Weight: 0.41/lbs (approx)
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