||New Deal of Love||Hank Thompson||2:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Lonely Heart Knows||Hank Thompson||2:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don’t Take I Out On Me||Hank Thompson||2:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rub-A-Dub-Dub||Hank Thompson||2:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Simple Simon||Hank Thompson||2:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||If Lovin’ You Is Wrong||Hank Thompson||1:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||When You’re Lovin’ You’re Livin’||Hank Thompson||2:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Westphalia Waltz||Hank Thompson||2:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I’m Tired of Pretending||Hank Thompson||2:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I’m a Fool to Fool Around With You||Hank Thompson||2:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||My Front Door Is Open||Hank Thompson||1:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||California Women||Hank Thompson||1:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I’ll Be Your Sweetheart for a Day||Hank Thompson||1:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don’t be That Way||Hank Thompson||1:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Yesterday’s Mail||Hank Thompson||2:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Find You’re Cheatin’ on Me||Hank Thompson||2:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Standin’ On the Outside||Hank Thompson||2:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hangover Heart||Hank Thompson||2:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tippin’ In||Hank Thompson||2:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Grass Looks Greener Over Yonder||Hank Thompson||1:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Texas Playboy Rag||Hank Thompson||2:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Humpty Dumpty Heart||Hank Thompson||1:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||When God Calls His Children Home||Hank Thompson||1:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Hank Thompson is in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and few artists deserve to be there more than he does. Since 1948, he's made the country music charts nearly 80 times. He wrote "The Wild Side of Life" (the tune that Kitty Wells answered with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," thus launching her career) and was the first country artist to record a live album and to be recorded in stereo. He brought Western swing into the '50s with a flourish, using a warm, folky style that was equal parts Bob Wills and Merle Travis, but with a fingerprint all its own.
Hank World stems from recordings Thompson made in the early '50s in a studio set up in his house. These sides were separate from the commercial recordings he was making for Capitol, so there's a wealth of unissued material to delve into, giving a much bigger picture of what the Hank Thompson band would have sounded like in a honky tonk on a hot night back then. This is country with a "western" appended to it. And since there simply isn't enough of the real thing around anymore, these performances are worth their weight in gold. Tracks like "New Deal of Love," "My Front Door Is Open," and "When You're Lovin', You're Livin'" make excellent additions to Thompson's lengthy discography; they're full of inventive wordplay and Thompson's honeyed vocals. And band instrumentals like "Texas Playboy Rag" and "Don't Be That Way" show that his Brazos Valley Boys could tackle everything from Bob Wills to Benny Goodman with a finesse that combined true swing with a tight ensemble sound.
Next to any of Thompson's classic Capitol recordings, this is your next stop — an excellent purchase if you want to amass a collection of the real stuff. You can dance, drink, and cry in your beer to it — all still major prerequisites if the music is to stay true to its roots. And the roots on this set are very deep indeed.
Great Review is well-deserved
the gushing review of this recording is well-deserved' Hank Thompson was an exceptional recording artist--equal parts comic and tragedy; and always with at least some humor--and he was good buddies with Merle Travis--can't be cooler than that....
Born: September 3, 1925 in Waco, TX
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s