Friday, May 27, 2011

Hank Williams...40 Greatest Hits

Hank Williams, Sr. (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953), born Hiram King Williams, was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant country music artists, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country and Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one.

Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money. Payne had a major influence on Williams' later musical style. During this time, Williams informally changed his name to Hank, believing it to be a better name for country music. He moved to Montgomery and his music career began there in 1937 when WSFA radio station producers hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program. He formed as backup the Drifting Cowboys band, which was managed by his mother, and dropped out of school to devote his time to his career.

When several of his band members were conscripted into military service during World War II, Williams had trouble with their replacements and was dismissed by WSFA due to his alcoholism. Williams eventually married Audrey Sheppard, who managed the singer for nearly a decade. After recording "Never Again" and "Honky Tonkin'" with Sterling Records, he signed a contract with MGM Records. In 1948 he released "Move it on Over", which became a hit, and also joined the Louisiana Hayride radio program. One year later, he released a cover of "Lovesick Blues", which carried him into the mainstream of music. After an initial rejection, Williams joined the Grand Ole Opry. He had 11 number one songs between 1948 and 1953, though he was unable to read or notate music to any significant degree. Among the hits he wrote were "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Hey, Good Lookin'", and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry".

Several years of back pain, alcoholism and prescription drug abuse severely deteriorated Williams's health; he divorced Audrey and was dismissed by the Grand Ole Opry, citing unreliability and frequent drunkenness. Williams died in the early morning hours of New Years Day in 1953 at the age of 29 from heart failure exacerbated by pills and alcohol. Despite his short life, Williams has had a major influence on twentieth-century popular music. The songs he wrote and recorded have been covered by numerous artists, and have been hits in various genres including pop, gospel, and blues. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

If you're a Country music fan you will know all about Hank Williams. If you are not, then you should. The man is a music legend and has influenced countless other artists. There are many complilations of his music available, and this is a good place to start.

1-1 Move It On Over 2:43
1-2 A Mansion On The Hill 2:33
1-3 Lovesick Blues 2:42
1-4 Wedding Bells 2:53
1-5 Mind Your Own Business 2:53
1-6 You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) 2:55
1-7 Lost Highway 2:40
1-8 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It 2:31
1-9 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 2:45
1-10 I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living 2:46
1-11 Long Gone Lonesome Blues 2:36
1-12 My Son Calls Another Man Daddy 2:32
1-13 Why Don't You Love Me 2:22
1-14 Why Should We Try Anymore 2:36
1-15 They'll Never Take Her Love From Me 2:43
1-16 Moanin' The Blues 2:22
1-17 Nobody's Lonesome For Me 2:29
1-18 Cold Cold Heart 2:42
1-19 Dear John 2:33
1-20 Howlin' At The Moon 2:41

2-1 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) 2:22
2-2 Hey, Good Lookin' 2:53
2-3 Crazy Heart 2:25
2-4 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle 2:24
2-5 Baby, We're Really In Love 2:30
2-6 Ramblin' Man 3:01
2-7 Honky Tonk Blues 2:09
2-8 I'm Sorry For You My Friend 2:40
2-9 Half As Much 2:41
2-10 Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 2:51
2-11 Window Shopping 2:31
2-12 Settin' The Woods On Fire 2:34
2-13 You Win Again 2:34
2-14 I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive 2:24
2-15 Kaw-liga 2:33
2-16 Your Cheatin' Heart 2:41
2-17 Take These Chains From My Heart 2:36
2-18 I Won't Be Home No More 2:43
2-19 Weary Blues From Waitin' 2:33

2-20 I Saw The Light 2:42

Note: this replaces original post "The Original Singles Collection" due to corrupted files.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Dave Brubeck Quartet....Time Out

Boasting the first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies, the Paul Desmond-penned "Take Five," Time Out captures the celebrated jazz quartet at the height of both its popularity and its powers. Recorded in 1959, the album combines superb performances by pianist Brubeck, alto saxophonist Desmond, drummer Joe Morrello and bassist Gene Wright. Along with "Take Five," the album features another one of the group's signature compositions, "Blue Rondo a la Turk." Though influenced by the West Coast-cool school, Brubeck's greatest interest and contribution to jazz was the use of irregular meters in composition, which he did with great flair. Much of the band's appeal is due to Desmond, whose airy tone and fluid attack often carried the band's already strong performances to another level. Together, he and Brubeck proved one of the most potent pairings of the era. --Fred Goodman Amazon.com

1. Blue Rondo à la Turk
2. Strange Meadow Lark
3. Take Five
4. Three To Get Ready
5. Kathy's Waltz
6. Everybody's Jumpin'
7. Pick Up Sticks