Thursday, November 13, 2008

Nashville The City Paper

Numerous anthologies and boxed sets have spotlighted Hank Williams’ incomparable compositions and recordings. But an amazing new three-disc package The Unreleased Recordings (Time Life) unveils numbers even many hardcore country collectors never knew existed.

The set contains 54 previously unreleased songs made when Williams was at his peak as a performer. These were cut in 1951, the year he became one of America's greatest stars. Tony Bennett's cover of "Cold, Cold Heart" was a pop sensation and eventually became the number one song in the country. It was so appealing and popular many others wanted to put their stamp on it, and subsequently Louis Armstrong, Diana Washington and Perry Como covered the song.

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