Hank Williams – The Man
& His Music (Tribute)
Sound: C+ Extras: D Program: C+
Hank Williams is a giant of Country & Western Music,
but his influence in American Music went beyond genre, which is more obvious
now when watching Hank Williams – The Man & His Music than when it
originally broadcast in 1980. What we
now see as the Classical Order of Country is here singing their tributes of his
Hey Good Lookin’ – Hank Williams Jr.
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Kris
My Buckets Got A Hole In It – Rufus
Nobody’s Lonesome For Me – Kris
Jambalaya – Brenda Lee
Honky Tonk Blues – Jim Owen
Why Don’t You Love Me Like You Used To Do? – Jim
I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You –
You Win Again – Hank Williams Jr.
Move It On
Over – Jim Owen
Broken Hearts – Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash & Hank Williams Jr.
Blues – Jim Owen
Conversation – Waylon Jennings & Hank Williams Jr.
Heart – Faron Young
Gonna Change Or I’m Gonna Leave - Hank Williams Jr.
Cannonball – Roy Acuff
Again - Hank Williams Jr.
Cheating Heart – Teresa Brewer
Tonkin’ – Teresa Brewer
Many of those names are legends, with someone like Johnny
Cash having recently left us. It should
be noted that despite all the big names who showed up for this tribute, it is
Williams that has somehow not only exceeded his genre, but his time. Many to this day criticize his son for
harping on his father’s legacy as much as Paul McCartney gets bashed for still
staying on The Beatles, but they are legacies still worth celebrating
extensively however limiting.
In between the performances, there are dramatic moments
shot on film that show reenactments of Williams’ life until his untimely
passing. They look odd since the full
frame 1.33 X 1 image is from an older analog video master like that of which
the show originated in the first place.
Who knows where the original film footage is. The sound is here in a faint Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and
“extrapolated” Dolby Digital 5.1 AC-3 remix, which shows its age but is better
than the 2.0 mix. There are no extras,
but fans and the curious will get some interesting moments out of this. The filmed segments just seem too
superfluous and not all of the cover songs click, but it is one of the rarely
captured such gatherings of so many giants, and that has some weight.
- Nicholas Sheffo