The second incarnation of my blog
Based on the top 100 albums in Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500, I have set myself the challenge of hearing and appraising each album. I hope to be surprised and educated along the way.
Number 94 is by the country music God, Hank Williams. Forty Greatest Hits is the first collection in the top 100.
When Williams died in 1953 at the age of just 29, he was the biggest star in country music. A history of alcohol and drug use hastened his early death. Many believe that he would have been a huge worldwide star had he lived.
I will be honest with you, some of the music on the album is a little twee for me, though I can definitely appreciate the skill of the musicians. The set up for each song is a traditional country group and each track similar in style to the last to my ears. I only knew a couple of songs, due to versions by other artists with Your Cheatin’ Heart probably the most well known.
There are some great song titles on the album, including: My Son calls another man Daddy, Moanin’ the blues and You’re gonna change or I’m gonna leave.
I cant say anything bad about the album, it’s just a very nice collection of country tunes. If you like country, you sure gonna love boy.
My rating: 6/10
Listen to the album via Spotify here.
See the Top 100 here.