- Audio CD (19 Oct. 2010)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 16
- Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Import
- Label: Bear Family/Rollercoaster
- ASIN: B0040ZA20E
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Hank Williams: The Complete Mother's Best Recordings...Plus! Box set, Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Import
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The complete Mother's Best Collection incl. 15 CDs and a DVD with unreleased recordings and unpublished photos plus a 120-page book beautifully illustrated book written by Grammy-award winner and Hank Williams biographer Colin Escott! Strictly limited and only the European edition comes with an exclusive 12x12 jigsaw puzzle! Limited edition, deluxe box set, only available here! 15 full length CDs, with many performances available here for the first time. This collection increases the number of Hank Williams recordings by 50%! Painstakingly restored sound, by Grammy® winner Joe Palmaccio. Bonus DVD, featuring a moving conversation with the last two members of Hank's Mother's Best Band. Many previously unpublished photos. Introduction by Hank Williams, Jr. and Afterword by Jett Williams. A poster-sized map chronicling Hank's punishing 1951 schedule. Box dimensions include 10 inches (tall), 9 inches (wide), 7.25 inches (deep). Hank Williams like you've never heard him before!
This really is a treat; the CDs are properly sequenced shows, unlike the first release of this material which was not complete and faded the intros and outros. The complete track-listing will not fit into Amazon's format as there are too many tracks. For a complete listing see the Time-Life, Bear Family or RollercoasterRecords websites. --rollercoaster records
Here is more info on the New Hank Williams recordings: http://ahankwilliamsjournal.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/complete-mothers-best-will-round-out-series/A Hank Williams Journal John Waugh discusses the life and works of Hank Williams, his contemporaries, and musical descendants.Feeds:PostsCommentsComplete Mother's Best will round out series June 8, 2010 by ahankwilliamsjournal I was under a misapprehension over the past couple years of Mother's Best Hank Williams releases. From earlier articles and releases, I had concluded that there would be a third box set this fall under roughly the same format as the first two. I wrote that several times, but I was wrong. The Complete Mother's Best to be released at the end of September will finish off the current series. I'm sure there will be various packages in different formats and outlets as the years go buy, but the new release will round out the series. I should have realized there would have to be a change as I checked through the Hank Williams Sr Listings Website which I have linked to in the Blogroll at the side. There are two things I forgot until I reread the fine color coded listings of the content of all the Mother's Best shows. When you do that, you find out two things; One: There is a lot of repetiton of the Hank performances, and Two: There are a lot of Audrey performances. I don't trash Audrey as most other commentators do, so don't bother looking for it. This means there really isn't much left on the original acetates. However, I still think a nice much more inexpensive package of edited single performances could have been put together. There are a number of repeated performances I would like to hear. I'm especially interested in the different versions of the up tempo rockabilly foundation numbers. There are alternate versions of `Why Don't You Love Me', `Nobody's Lonesome For Me', `Move It on Over', `I Just Don't Like This Kind of Living','Hey Good Lookin', `Mind Your Own Business' and `Moanin the Blues'. There are also different versions of `Sing, Sing, Sing,' and `My Sweet Love Ain't Around'. So I would like to see an inexpensive one disk release of edited singles from Mother's Best which haven't been released yet, even if they are duplicates.. But at the same time, there is an absolute historic necessity that the Mother's Best Shows be released in their entirety as they were recorded. And shouldn't all of the Armed Forces Recordings be assembled and released as well? I assume there's more of that material than was released on `Live at the Grand Ole Opry'. But I'm not a researcher so can't be sure. My quibbling can't detract at all from Time Life's enormous achievement in this whole Mother's Best release project. And the Williams' estate deserves credit for selecting this company to handle this important historical artifact. The format, notes, packaging, song selection, and remastering have been beyond criticism. I'm sure the new `Complete' 16 disc set will live up to the standard set by the two 3CD releases. But I would still like to see some of those unreleased duplicates released in single song format. --Ray on Amazon.com
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These recordings add roughly 50% to the body of Hank's recorded work and it's incredible that they remained undiscovered for almost forty years and, even then, were only released after several years of legal wrangling.
The sound quality is generally excellent and is better than that on many of the earlier studio recordings in my collection. However, the real beauty is that you get the complete fifteen minute radio recordings, complete with the studio chat and banter, as well the adverts for Mother's Best products.Just to think that you are hearing these shows as they were broadcast sixty years ago, albeit with modern sound quality, really does give you a little bit of a feel for the context in which Hank performed.
There is a fair amount of repetition of material over the course of the 15 cds, but that's acceptable to me as necessary to retaining the integrity of the individual shows. Miss Audrey's notoriously tuneless singing also features on a number of tracks. Some people have suggested that these should have been edited out but, for the same reason, their inclusion was, I feel, essential and adds to the overall pleasure of listening to the recordings. Obviously, I would recommend the set, but I appreciate that these factors might put some people off a relatively expensive purchase.
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The valve-radio set presentation box (complete with functioning front dial and mini-recording!) underline the limitations of MP3 downloads - try achieving this experience on an iPod.
A beautifully packaged, beautifully mastered and historic set of recordings.
Long live acetate!
I am amazed, and no one has shed any light on this topic when I've brought it up, that MGM never got their hands on these. They got ahold of Health and Happiness as well as the Johnny Fair Syrup shows and hit a goldmine of LP releases with those recordings. It's a shame that we've had to wait almost 60 years for the first legal release of these shows.
A handful of the songs were played on The Music Country Network's Hank special in the late 80's and a LP album (bootleg) of the songs appeared for a while made from those recordings. I also heard a local radio station play "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" on their oldies show several years before the release of this set, so the songs have been floating around out there for a long time as I mentioned before.
The sound quality is a bit of an issue. I don't expect 60 year old recordings to be perfect and surface noise wise I'm sure there wasn't much that could be fixed. I've heard bootlegs of the Aunt Jemima and VD spots that were cleaner noise wise but not nearly as clear sounding either, so I'll take the clarity with a spat of noise here and there anytime. I do believe these could have been made a little less "tinny" but perhaps the idea was to give the listener the feel of hearing it live on AM radio.
Mr. Escott, while I don't always agree with you, the liner notes were spot on, sir!!! 10 stars, Colin!!! I sat glued to my seat reading the liner notes.
Is it too much to ask that we get the rest of the Hank stuff floating around on CD? There are still the WSFA acetates, the Sunset Park concert and various other things roaming around out there. Oh, can we please have the overdubbed Mother's Best recordings as well?
On CD #15 Hank does a radio show and warns us about the dangers of Vernal Disease.The story concerns a young bride who,while her husband is off on buisness has an affair with a family friend and contacts the disease.When she goes to the family doctor he breaks the bad news to her.
The CDs,DVD,and book housed in a radio type box.
This will be a welcome addition to your Hank Williams Collection.
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