Timeless-Hank Williams Tribute CD (2001)

Artist: Various Artists

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Great overall with many gems

by Kevin P. on 11/7/2001

Tough to find better songwriting. Of course, these are Hank Williams songs. Lyrically, they stand on their own in modern times. Musically, they're pretty, lonesome and lingering, with honest interpretations by all artists. For a "cover" album, it's good. It has many gems. "You Win Again" performed by Keith Richards is probably my favorite. I think I'll be playing this album quite a lot. Good and even production from front to back and it has a nice warm sound, mostly acoustic but with a touch of electric here and there. Fun stuff.

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Hit-makers young and old step forward to pay tribute to the father of country music. Artists include Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Keb' Mo', Mark Knopfler, Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, Beck, and of course, Hank III.


Label Uni/lost Highway
SKU 60501492
UPC 008817023922
UPC 14 00008817023922
Format CD
Release Date 9/25/2001
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Engineer Ethan Johns; John Carter Cash; John Whynot; Keb' Mo'; Mickey Petralia; Rafael Serrano; Tom Petty; Ben Elliot; Bob Brockman
CatalogID 170239
Lable Name Lost Highway
Released 09/25/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00008817023922
Album Notes and Credits
Compilation producers: Luke Lewis, Mary Martin, Bonnie Garner.
TIMELESS: HANK WILLIAMS TRIBUTE won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Country Album. "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" and "Cold, Cold Heart" were nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. "Lovesick Blues" and "I Dreamed About Mama Last Night" were nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, drums); Keb' Mo', Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar); Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Mark Knopfler, Ryan Adams, Beck (vocals, acoustic guitar); Keith Richards (vocals, electric guitar); Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow (vocals); Jack Clement, Larry Campbell, Randy Scruggs, Blondie Chaplin, Peter Stroud (guitar); Guy Fletcher (acoustic guitar); Colin Linden (electric guitar, dobro, mandolin); Duane Denison, Richard Bennett (electric guitar); Greg Leisz, Kayton Roberts, John Pirruccello, Jay Dee Maness (steel guitar); David Mansfield (violin); Brian Mitchell (accordion); Craig Dreyer (saxophone); Lyle Workman (piano, drums); Jeff Paris, Geraint Watkins (piano); Sergio Gonz lez, Shawn Pelton, Brian Barnett, Chad Cromwell (drums).
Audio Mixers: John Carter Cash; John Whynot; Keb' Mo'.
Recording information: Cash Cabin, Hendersonville, TN; Deepfield Studios, Nashville, TN; Mad Dog Studios, Burbank, CA; Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Nomis Rehearsal Studios, London, England; Stu Stu Studio, Burbank, CA; Sunset Sound Factory, Los Angeles, CA.
Arranger: Hank Williams.
The first question that comes to mind upon the release of a Hank Williams tribute album featuring such alt-country superstars as Ryan Adams and Lucinda Williams, not to mention American icons like Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, is "what took so long?" Clearly, the artists featured on the TIMELESS tribute have all been strongly influenced by the great bard of country music, so their participation in such a project seems like a given. Some artists stick closer to Hank's original arrangements than others; Sheryl Crow's take on "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" and Hank's grandson Hank III's "I'm A Long Gone Daddy" hew pretty closely to the traditional path. Predictably, Beck takes things the furthest by adding some sonic murk to "Your Cheatin' Heart." Keith Richards reaches deep into "You Win Again" and pulls out some Memphis soul. But regardless of their faithfulness to the original versions, these artists clearly have something to add to the Hank Williams legacy, underling the fact that the man's songs are truly TIMELESS.
Professional Reviews
Spin (11/01, p.136) - 8 out of 10 - "...Williams codified country's mix of personal tragedy and communal spirituality. [His] songs have lived full lives of their own by now, and the best contributions here heed the music as well as the myth..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/02/01, p.79) - "...Classy..." - Rating: A
Uncut (12/01, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...As tributes go, TIMELESS is pretty stellar..."
No Depression (11-12/01, p.140) - "...A terrific collection..."
Disc 1
1 I Can't Get You Off My Mind - Bob Dylan
2 Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Sheryl Crow
3 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Keb' Mo'
4 Your Cheatin' Heart - Beck
5 Lost On The River - Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris
6 You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) - Tom Petty
7 You Win Again - Keith Richards
8 Alone And Forsaken - Emmylou Harris/Mark Knopfler
9 I'm A Long Gone Daddy - Hank Williams III
10 Lovesick Blues - Ryan Adams
11 Cold, Cold Heart - Lucinda Williams
12 I Dreamed About Mama Last Night - Johnny Cash

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Great overall with many gems by Kevin P. on Nov 07, 2001