One of America's best song writers up there with Hoagy Carmichael , Cole Porter and the other great composers of the American Song Book. Hank was also one of their finest poets-- listen to the images and colours in I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. I could quote the entire song to illustrate this, but here are only two examples "hear that lonesome whip-poor-will he sounds too blue to fly" or "the silence of a falling star lights up a purple sky"
During his short, tragic life he was the first country and western star to cross over not only to pop , but also blues and jazz. His songs have been covered by an infinity of artistes none better than Norah Jones version of Cold Cold Heart or the great Ray Charles with Take These Chains From My Heart.
I have listened to Hank on vinyl [you can't beet that background hiss]for some 50 years or more , so it was time to up date my collection on CD.This album is a superb start. The sound quality is excellent --it is hard to believe that the masters are over 50 years old. That unmistakable voice soars hauntingly and clearly over the real country backing.
The variety covers his so sad love songs such as I Can't Help It [If I'm Still In Love With You] all the way through to his downright fun songs like Settin'The Woods On Fire and Jambalaya.
For those who already know Hank Williams, here on this one
great value album is the essence of his work. For newcomers there is no better place to start. It's a 5 star bargain.