Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams CD (2011)

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Product Overview


Label Egyptian/sony
SKU 224122564
UPC 886970901024
UPC 14 00886970901024
Format CD
Release Date 10/4/2011
Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Mary Martin
CatalogID 88697090102
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 09/30/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 36m : 51s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886970901024
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Greg Linn, Rob Stringer, Steve Barnett , Betsy Whitney, Bryan Younce, Kimberly Boley, Kiana Perry.
Liner Note Author: Michael McCall.
Recording information: Akademie Mathematique; Blackbird Studio D, Nashville, TN; Cave 2 Studios, Dallas, GA; Emerald Studios; Levon Helm Studios; Minutla, Nashville, TN; Odditorium Studio; Tally Studios, Palo Cedro, CA; The Village Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographers: James Minchin III; Dino Perrucci; Autumn de Wilde; Jo McCaughey; Mark Seliger; David Gahr; Jim McGuire ; Russ Harrington; Alan Messer; Pam Springsteen; Tony Baker .
As one of the few American singer/songwriters whose legacy rivals Hank Williams, it's no surprise that Bob Dylan was entrusted with a collection of lyrics Hank left behind, the idea being that Dylan could set them to music. Dylan decided it was a project too big for one man so he recruited a number of like-minded artists to turn these words into songs, choosing artists with some measure of debt to Williams no matter their purported stylistic designation. That said, it is the country singers -- Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell, Merle Haggard -- who, along with Dylan, create songs that stay true to Williams' melodies and aesthetic, Haggard tackling a religious text, Gill and Crowell reviving Hank's midsong recitation, and Jackson effortlessly evoking classic postwar honky tonk. These are songs whose structure and sound are right in line with Hank's classic work, but the rest of The Lost Notebooks is a little more malleable, at least in terms of arrangement. Jack White and Norah Jones produce work that's recognizably their own -- White's voice cracks over a ramshackle rhythm, Jones sighs like a lullaby -- yet these feel like reinterpretations of old Hank tunes, as does Levon Helm's woolly "You'll Never Again Be Mine," with only Sheryl Crow's "Angel Mine" and Jakob Dylan's "Oh, Mama, Come Home" edging close to melodies that you'd hear on their respective solo records. Even then, Crow and the younger Dylan hardly play loose with the material; they treat it with respect but not undue reverence, something that unites all the artists here. On the surface of things, this is a bit of an odd task, taking left-behind lyrics from one of the great songwriters and breathing life into them. But nobody here seems intimidated; they seem honored -- and there are some pretty good songs that come out of the project, particularly those by Jackson, Haggard, White, Jones, Gill and Crowell, and the Bard himself, who helped shepherd this fantasy project into something real, imperfect, and resonant. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Lucinda Williams and Jack White, in different ways, show how much room Hank's writing gives singers to emote."
Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "Dylan's 'The Love That Faded' is gorgeous." -- Grade: B
Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Lucinda Williams' spare, voice-and-guitar approach focuses on the simple beauty of his words."
Paste (magazine) - "[I]t offers a fresh opportunity to listen to and appreciate what made Williams' music so unique in country music....His economy, directness and the stripped down perfection of his lyrics and melodies have never been bested."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "LOST NOTEBOOKS is a collection of 12 lyrics from Hank's notebooks, set to music by the likes of Bob Dylan, Norah Jones and Merle Haggard....Interesting..."
Disc 1
1 You've Been Lonesome, Too - Alan Jackson
2 Love That Faded, The
3 How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart? - Norah Jones
4 You Know That I Know
5 I'm So Happy I Found You
6 I Hope You Shed a Million Tears - Vince Gill
7 You're Through Fooling Me
8 You'll Never Again Be Mine
9 Blue Is My Heart
10 Oh, Mama, Come Home - Jakob Dylan
11 Angel Mine
12 Sermon on the Mount, The
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