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Hank Williams – The Man & His Music (Tribute)

 

Picture: C+     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 classics, including:

 

1)     Hey Good Lookin’ – Hank Williams Jr.

2)     I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Kris Kristofferson

3)     My Buckets Got A Hole In It – Rufus Thomas

4)     Nobody’s Lonesome For Me – Kris Kristofferson

5)     Jambalaya – Brenda Lee

6)     Honky Tonk Blues – Jim Owen

7)     Why Don’t You Love Me Like You Used To Do? – Jim Owen

8)     I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You – Brenda Lee

9)     You Win Again – Hank Williams Jr.

10)  Move It On Over – Jim Owen

11)  Men With Broken Hearts – Johnny Cash

12)  Kaw-Liga – Johnny Cash & Hank Williams Jr.

13)  Lovesick Blues – Jim Owen

14)  The Conversation – Waylon Jennings & Hank Williams Jr.

15)  Cold, Cold Heart – Faron Young

16)  You’re Gonna Change Or I’m Gonna Leave - Hank Williams Jr.

17)  Wabash Cannonball – Roy Acuff

18)  You Win Again - Hank Williams Jr.

19)  Your Cheating Heart – Teresa Brewer

20)  Honky 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


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