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Hank Thompson
"Vintage Collections"

© Capitol Vintage Records Year of Release: 1996

track listing
  • (I've Got A)
    Humpty Dumpty
  • Whoa Sailor
  • Swing Wide Your
    Gate Of Love
  • The Wild Side Of Life
  • Wake Up Irene
  • Cryin' In The
    Deep Blue Sea
  • A Fooler A Faker
  • Wildwood Flower
  • Honky-Tonk Girl
  • How Cold Hearted
    Can You Get
  • This Train
  • Yesterday's Girl
  • The New Green Light
  • Big Beaver
  • Total Stranger
  • A Six Pack To Go
  • Drivin' Nails In My Coffin
  • I Cast A
    Lonesome Shadow
  • Too In Love
  • Oklahoma Hills

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    "Vintage Collections"

    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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