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Lost Highway And Other Live Favourites

Hank Williams

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Album Review

This British 25-track compilation of live Hank Williams performances draws from a number of sources from the late '40s and early '50s. Not all of them are documented too well in the liner notes — in fact, some of them don't even have the year of recording noted — but they include Grand Ole Opry performances and radio broadcasts. Since there's a lot more live Hank Williams available than is present on this collection, and since this CD isn't taken from one particular source, there doesn't seem to be much reason for its release, other than to get a little more mileage from the Williams catalog. If you're not too particular about getting either the best of Williams' live recordings or all of his live stuff, however, it's OK. It contains versions of many of his most famous songs, including "Move It On Over," "Cold Cold Heart," "Lovesick Blues," "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)," and "Cold Cold Heart." The fidelity is mostly clear and, for live recordings from the era, good, though the two songs taken from "the 'Farmer Jim' tapes" (including "Lost Highway," the title cut of this anthology) are quite subpar in that department, suffering from muffled low fidelity and scratchy surface noise. The one item to tempt fanatical completists is a three-minute previously unreleased interview, conducted backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in June 1951.


Born: 17 September 1923 in Georgiana, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

Hank Williams is the father of contemporary country music. He was a superstar by the age of 25; he was dead at the age of 29. In those four short years, he established the rules for all the country performers who followed him and, in the process, much of popular music. Hank wrote a body of songs that became popular classics, and his direct, emotional lyrics and vocals...
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