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Hank Williams - I Saw the Light: The Unreleased Recordings

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You would have thought that by now anything worth releasing from this most-revered of country music legends, dead for more than 60-years now, would already be available. But Hank fans are in for a real treat with this 3-CD+DVD set that presents versions of 54 songs that haven't been heard since they were recorded in 1951 for the Mother's Best Flour Company's radio shows. Hits and familiar tunes among the offerings include "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Wedding Bells," "Mind Your Own Business," "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)" and the classic "Hey, Good Lookin'" which Williams introduces with a plug for his sponsor; "If you've got anything cookin' make sure you're cookin' it with Mother's Best Flour." Chestnut "On Top of Old Smoky" is included, and, according to Williams it is performed the way his grandmother taught him to sing it. Lots of hymns are included, from the well-known "I'll Fly Away" and "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" to lesser-known cuts like "When God Dips His Love in My Heart" and "Lonely Tombs." Throw in other rarely heard songs like "You Blotted My Happy School Days" and the train-riding homage that is "California Zephyr" and you have an incredible snapshot of Williams' mindset at the time; his introduction to the latter indicates he had written the song just a few days before playing it here. Fans will get a big kick out of similar info revealed through Hank's words throughout, but there's also a revealing of "The Untold Stories" on the DVD where daughter Jett Williams has a casual conversation with Don Helms and Big Bill Lister from Hank's band.


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Hank Williams - I Saw the Light: The Unreleased Recordings
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