- Audio CD (24 Mar. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: $incere $ounds
- ASIN: B00I3TWZ1W
- Other Editions: Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Save Me The Waltz
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What the world has been waiting for - the first ever Double Album exclusively of Waltzes by Hank Wangford and his band The Lost Cowboys. A 2 CD set for the price of 1. Hank Wangford has always loved and been fascinated by the waltz and its unique circular spinning rhythm. When the Waltz arrived in England it was vilified as a scandalously wicked filthy and dangerous dance. Hank was born in a Nazi-owned stately home next door to the ballroom where the Waltz was first danced in Regency society. Hank maintains the Waltz is the difference between Rock 'n Roll and Country music. While Country is full of Waltzes and its saddest songs are often in 3/4 time Waltzes are almost non-existent in Rock. Hank loves the Waltz and loves the saddest songs in Country. Put the two together and a Double album of Waltzes is the only way out.
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The cd opens with the Floyd Tillman classic 'I Love You So Much It Hurts Me'. To my mind, on this track, and indeed on the whole album, Hank has never sounded better vocally.
No-one writes songs like Willie Nelson and Hank covers four of them, including the blunt, bitter and vindictive 'Permanently Lonely'..."I'll be alright in a little while but YOU'LL be permanently lonely". 'Half A Man' has been a Wangford live favourite for many a year but here Hank records it for the first time...a total laceration of the soul!
The track that stood out for me on first hearing is the breathtakingly beautiful 'Les Feuilles Mortes' ('Autumn Leaves'). Hank and Anna share the vocals and the feel and sensitivity of the performance transcends any language barrier. An absolute delight.
Throughout this cd the harmonies are superb and Hank's and Anna's voices compliment each other so well. The Louvin's 'Get Acquainted Waltz' and Lennon /McCartney's 'Baby's In Black' showcase this chemistry perfectly.
I'm a huge Lucinda Williams fan and Anna covers 'Concrete & Barbed Wire' admirably, the purity and clarity of her voice shining through.
Of the Hank originals, a few have appeared on previous albums but fit in so well on this cd that it's great to hear them again. Four new ones, 'Homeless Heart', 'Lies', 'Sunk Without Trace' and 'Save Me The Waltz' reveal Hank's songwriting at its best with delightful melodies and wittily crafted lyrics.
The strangest track on the cd is the apocalyptic 'Waltzing With Sin'.Read more ›
If you like the songs of Willie Nelson, you won't be disappointed: there are four corkers here, including "Half A Man" that Hank's been including in his live appearances for years. Also worth a mention is "Permanently Lonely" - great stuff!
Hank's backed as ever by a fine group of UK musicians, including the great twang of Martin Belmont and the very classy steel playing of B J Cole.
It's a mix of new tracks and choice oldies, and even features a couple of ancient duets with Billy Bragg. One of these, a great version of "Sin City", was the first time I heard Mr Wangford - so thank you Billy for the introduction, and thank you Hank for my favourite album of the year so far!!
One of Willie's songs says "Sad Songs and Waltzes aren't selling this year". Well, these waltzes certainly do deserve to sell! Excellent stuff!