The Complete Hank Williams Box set, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Box set, Original recording remastered, 21 Sep 1998
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Nice price as slightly damaged package! 10 CD Box Set contains over 225 recordings including 53 previously unissued. Limited Quantity Set to hit stores the month of 75th Anniversary of Hank Williams Birth 'The Complete Hank Williams' 10 CD box set, produced in cooperation with Colin Escott and the Country Music Foundation, contains over 225 tracks including 53 previously unissued. The set will be released on September 22, initially as 10,000 numbered units, to coincide with the September 17, 1998, 75th anniversary of Williams' birth. It will include all of the MGM and Sterling Records session recordings and more than 130 non-session and radio/television recordings. This very special collection will include the legend's earliest session recordings from late 1946 until his last in September 1952, as well as previously unissued performances, and 14 never before released songs. A few of the very special tracks included on this project are duet of 'I Can't Help It If I'm Still In Love With You' with Anita Carter, a demo version of 'Kaw-Liga' (with two false starts) and a recording of Williams' debut performance of 'Lovesick Blues' on the Grand Ole Opry. Some demos which have only been released overdubbed prior to this box set are, 'Rockin' Chair Money', 'Cool Water', 'Tennessee Border', 'First Year Blues', and 'Dixie Cannonball'. The unissued recordings include: 'I'm So Tired Of It All', 'You Caused It All By Telling Lies', Ten Little Numbers', and 'Wild Side Of Life'. The package will also contain two booklets of 150+ pages with over 120 formerly unpublished and rare photos, Williams' handwritten lyrics, original ads, posters, charts, LP covers, photos of artifacts and original folk art. Also included is an essay by Daniel Cooper and comprehensive notes on the music by W...
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1. The price - RRP of over ONE HUNDRED POUNDS STERLING is way over the top, especially bearing in mind the following points.
2. There are 10 cd's. Why? Some of them are only 1 hr long, and others only about 40 min! Could it be anything to do with a bit of profiteering on the part of the record co.? I think the music could have fit on to 6 or 7 cd's, and so the cost could have been substantially less.
3. Especially considering the excessive RRP, this set is not well packaged. The discs are not in jewel boxes or in digipak- type trays to protect them, but are placed in slots in card pages, so they are going to be marked every time you take one out or put it back in!
The music is excellent overall, historically significant and very influential, and it deserves better presentation that it's been given. I can't recommend this overpriced, poorly packaged set as it is.
My rating of 2 stars reflects this, as if the presentation had been on par with the music, I would have given it 4 or maybe 5 stars.
The packaging scratches the CD`s everytime they`re taken out and put back . For the price Mercury Records are charging , you should expect a product that will last , but I`m afraid that`s not the case with this boxset .
But I've just got this, and I wanted to correct the impression that the other reviewer has left- the packaging, narrative, photos, background and the amount of time, love and effort that have gone into this production mean that it won't disappoint any fan of Hank. This is a truly beautiful production, and well worth the asking price. My CDs aren't damaged at all.
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