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Prodigal Son
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  • Original Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Copyright: 2008 Black Cat
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  • ASIN: B001LXYKP6
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HASH(0x92493870) out of 5 stars Hank sounds like he's right there with you. 30 Sept. 2002
By Gerald L. Russell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This set is a compilation Hank's vocals from the HEALTH AND HAPPINESS SHOWS cds (see my review of these). A bit pricey, the CD is certainly worth owning. Gone are eight HEALTH's fiddle tunes, wife Audrey's screeching vocals, seven "Happy Rovin' Cowboy" intros, and seven "Sally Goodin'" closes. The CD's producers carved out Hank's vocals while retaining one intro and one close. Then, they cleaned up the sound by using noise reduction. Everything sound newly recorded.
1. HEALTH AND HAPPINESS's contents were more complete and
satisfying, but their sound quality was annoying and irritating. Mercury Records did not use noise reduction on HEALTH, perhaps hoping to appeal to old-time radio buffs. The retained popping and crackling of the original acetates certainly did not appeal to ME! PRODIGAL's content is very abridged (more of the HEALTH AND HAPPINESS chitchat should have been retained), but its sound quality is superb. THE PRODIGAL SON utilizes amazing noise reduction techniques, and it is a delight to listen to.
2. This CD is certainly worth owning but can be purchased in a more affordable British version entitled LOST HIGHWAY (Delta, 2000). Still, if you can find PRODIGAL SON at a good price, get it.
3. Finally, the lead vocal is prophetic. Hank's music was basically either Saturday night honky tonk or Sunday morning religious. Cynics suggest that, in his bizarre lifestyle and death, Saturday night won out. Here, Hank sings of himself as the prodigal son who will eventually find spiritual justification in his own death:
"The prodigal son [Hank] once strayed from his father
to travel a land of...pain.
Now I [Hank, the prodigal son] can see the end of my
journey [my death], I'm going to heaven again.
Goodbye to the world with all it's sorrows, goodbye to the
fields that I used to roam."
In conclusion, if you can pick up this CD, or a similar version, at a good price, do so.
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