Del Shannon

Sings Hank Williams - AMV 1964

Tracks: 1. Your Cheatin Heart / 2. Kaw-Liga / 3. I Can't Help It / 4. Honky Tonk Blues / 5. (See I Hear) That Lonesome Whistle / 6. You Win Again / 7. Ramblin Man / 8. Hey Good Looking / 9. Weary Blues / 10. Long Gone Lonesome Blues / 11. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / 12. Cold Cold Heart

Comments:

Album five is a Hank Williams tribute featuring only Williams songs. This may have looked like a good idea at the time, and many other pop-artists at the time recorded such tribute albums. Often this had to do with lacking enough new quality material for release, and the record-companies obviously tried to cash in on their popular artists.

Of course the songs are good and soundwise they appear clearer than most of Williams' originals; but unfortunately Shannon doesn't bring much new to these great songs. After 3-4 tracks they begin to sound too identical, and there is an annoying lack of variation in the arrangements. On a lot of Williams' recordings there is a violin and other instruments besides the steel-guitar. My favorite is "Weary Blues".


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