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|Hank Williams Jr.|
Hank Williams, Jr.'s Greatest Hits, Vol.1
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock & Metal
This is Hank Jr. in his late-'70s/early-'80s version, that brief moment after he'd discovered a sound and persona that wasn't just inherited but before he devolved into a good-old-boy caricature. Not that Bocephus isn't en... more »
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This is Hank Jr. in his late-'70s/early-'80s version, that brief moment after he'd discovered a sound and persona that wasn't just inherited but before he devolved into a good-old-boy caricature. Not that Bocephus isn't engaging in some posturing here already--the preposterous "Texas Women," for example, could stand unaltered as a Saturday Night Live parody of redneck lechery. More often, though, the 10 hit singles on this disc combine a low-key brand of Southern rock boogie with plenty of twang to fashion a wholly distinctive take on country tradition. Williams's work here is always indelible, and though he likes to drop his daddy's name a bit too often, it's hard to argue with introspective numbers like "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)" and "Family Tradition," which each offer a unique and timeless take on the honky-tonk blues. --David Cantwell
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Kathleen L. (katlupe) from OXFORD, NY
Reviewed on 5/3/2007...
Hank Jr.'s greatest hits that if you like him, you probably already know. Good music!
"Hank, Whyyyy Do You Drink...Whyyyy Do You Roll Smoke?"
Randy E. Aveille | Davie, FL USA | 04/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hank Williams Jr. opened my mind and taught me to appreciate Country music. He mixes the perfect blend of Southern Rock and Country into his songs, creating music that even folks who dislike country music can learn to love; but make no mistake, it's without question classic Country music, and dang good music at that. This CD is a list of hits from 1979-1981, and if you're new to Hank's music, it's a good place to start getting acquainted with him.
What I love about Hank is that he shamelessly let's you know that he's a country boy and that he's proud of it. He's a real maverick and blazes his own trail instead of following country music trends. Hank does his thing and makes no apologies for it. If for no other reason, I personally would listen to his music for that reason alone.
Some of my favorites on this CD are the incomparable good-time bad-boy songs, "Family Tradition," "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound," and "Women I've Never Had." If you've never had a good time drinkin' with Hank in the speakers, you're missin' out and need to toss back a few with the music blaring! Then there's one of the proud anthems for country folks all around America, "A Country Boy Can Survive," which is a favorite around my hillbilly-in-laws' house. Then there's the sober, "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)," which is still a fun song to listen to even though all his rowdy friends have settled and "rowdy'd on down."
How can anyone not like Bocephus? He's plain spoken and sings his songs like he's just there to have a good time. Hey, anyone who sings a song that proclaims, "He likes happy and don't like sad," is worth listening to in my book; and any guy who sings songs about a ramblin' man, while askin' for a cold one in his hand is my kind of guy.
Don't stop to think it over, just put yourself in his position. Buy this CD, and make it a family tradition! It's a classic and worth every penny. Yee-Haw!!!!"
This is possible the greatest album ever.
Randy E. Aveille | 12/05/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is nothing quite like stretching out in the bed of your pickup truck, grabbing a bottle of Jack Daniels, and playing this Hank Willimas Jr. Album. It seems as though you only have to hear it once to know it by heart. When it comes to country music, Hank Willimas Jr. doesn't screw around, and this is his finest work.Jared McKinney, Cairo Missouri"