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Paying tribute to his heroes
on 21 June 2014
Combining the Mercury release George Jones Salutes Hank Williams with the United Artists releases George Jones Sings Bob Wills and My Favorites of Hank Williams, this double CD conveniently combines these three tribute albums in one package. Well, not as convenient as would have been ideal. The Bob Wills tracks could have occupied CD 2, while the Hank Williams tracks occupied CD 1. Instead, the Hank Williams tributes each occupy the first 12 tracks of one CD, while the Bob Wulls tracks occupy the last six tracks of each CD. If the tracks were longer, this would have been necessary, but the Hank Williams tracks could have all fitted on one CD.
That's a minor quibble. The music itself is great as I expected. The Hank Williams songs are mostly very familiar to me, though there is one that I may not have heard before (I heard you crying in your sleep). I haven't listened to Bob Wills as much as Hank Williams, but again, most of the songs are familiar - especially Faded love, which was a Bob Wills classic until Patsy Cline made it her own.
Despite my quibble about the track sequencing, this is a great compilation featuring George paying tribute to his heroes. Now others are paying tribute to George Jones, and quite right too.