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© Capitol Vintage Records
Year of Release: 1996
(I've Got A)
Swing Wide Your
Gate Of Love
The Wild Side Of Life
Wake Up Irene
Cryin' In The
Deep Blue Sea
A Fooler A Faker
How Cold Hearted
Can You Get
The New Green Light
A Six Pack To Go
Drivin' Nails In My Coffin
I Cast A
Too In Love
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This is the Country that is original. Today's today doesn't come close
to how country sounded in the 1940s and 1950s. Hank Thompson may not have been
a household Hank name as Williams, but he did have one #1 country song, "The
Wild Side Of Life."
To summarize, this is a great compilation of Thompson's material.
Traditional, old fashioned country, hillbilly, and honky-tonk. Fans of the
other Hank will enjoy this release. Other easy comparisons to the early
country are Red Foley and Webb Pierce. There are songs contained here that
could easily be remade by today's country stars, ("A Six Pack To Go"
and "Too In Love"; Ricky Van Shelton comes to mind), if they'd want to
return back to Country's roots. It would be interesting if anyone from today's
country would remake the haunting "I Cast A Lonesome Shadow."
Overall, this compilation captures what Country used to sound like, and
there is no way it will sound the same today. Hank Thompson may not have been
a househould name, but his music does capture the traditional country.
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