Hank Williams Jr
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1


4.5
superb

Review

by BigHans USER (108 Reviews)
October 28th, 2010 | 40 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Why must you live out the songs that you wrote?

In case you haven’t noticed, Country music is mostly about booze. Sure, tales of rural warfare, crop dusters, dogs, fishin’, huntin’, fighting, failing tremendously hard with women, your pappy, your grandma, and that cheatin’ b*tch you’re shacking up with abound, but when you really get down to the guts of it, country is about drankin’. A lot. Possibly the coolest part about Country, and we are talking about REAL Country, is that its legends actually live the lifestyles mentioned in the thematic overtones of their songs. Unlike false machismo found in most Hip-Hop, I mean, if you challenged Dre to a fight he would probably run screaming for his mommy or bitchslap a female that doesn’t like his records, country dudes tell the truth. Johnny Cash talked a lot about being a total a$$hole, and guess what, for the majority of his life, he was. George Jones could structurally support the Empire State Building with his gnarled, shriveled liver, and holy sh*t, about 85% of his songs are about grain alcohol. Hank Williams Sr. was a soak of epic proportions, as proven by drinking himself to death by the age of 29, and wouldn’t you know it, his most famous song is about crying into a cold one.

Perhaps wanting more than anything to emulate the astonishing level of DRUNK his daddy was, Hank Williams JR/altar ego "Bocephus" took the tried and true country alcohol obsession to the next level. Considering the absurd levels of booze this man has imbibed the fact Hank JR is still alive is a New Testament level miracle. It’s a damn good thing Hank Jr’s liver is roughly 547,875 times stronger than his pappy’s, because if it wasn’t beyond the reaches of all human biological capacity, we would not have been graced with his first Greatest Hits album, an absolute ACHIEVEMENT in the annals of Country n’ Western.

The reason we’re talking about a Greatest Hits album is pretty simple. Facing facts, old country is not about albums. It was about 45’s, or old school singles, and “albums” were usually a concoction with 2 or 3 good songs and an absolute avalanche of sh*t. Sure, Hank Jr has about 45 Greatest Hits compilations, and a lot of them are quite frankly littered with overwhelmingly atrocious filler, yet his first effort is the most focused, and by far the greatest single “album” he released. First, there isn’t a single song on here that doesn’t mention alcohol in some way, shape or form, which means this as legit as any country release ever conceived. More importantly, it has four of the 25 greatest country songs ever recorded (Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound, All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down, Family Tradition, Country Boy Can Survive), the latter two arguably landing in the top 5. Although country staples like “Kaw-liga,” “Dixie on My Mind” and “Texas Women” don’t quite stand up to the album’s pillars, all are leagues better than roughly 99% of the pop-tart river of feces currently emanating out of Nashville. Aside from Hank wanting you to know that he could easily drink you’re a$$ under the table, he also puts on a clinic of what real country music is supposed to sound like.

Whether Hank is waxing about sweet home Ala-BAM, songs about rambling dudes who suck back cold ones, how country plowboys can kick the asses of urban cowboys, exactly why he rolls so much God Damn smoke, and his life partner, Ol’ Jim Beam, this is as "Country" as a Country album can get. If you can stand a little Honky-Tonk here and a whole sh*t load of Redneck references there, you will undoubtedly label this a classic. When you need a song to define Country Music, reach for the dusty chords of “Country Boy Can Survive” or the overpowering Steel-Guitar swank of “Family Tradition.” Maybe there is just a need for something to get rip-roaring drunk to, or maybe you’re an urban limp-wrister who realizes it would have been way more bad-a$$ to have been raised in the dirty South, pining for camping out with a huntin’ rifle, a coon hound, and a case of Schlitz. Hank doesn’t apologize for being a drunken redneck of astonishing proportions, and more importantly, he makes it sound pretty damn cool. The easiest way he can tell you all about it is putting this album together, and if we face facts, most of us have a little Bocephus in us. It’s about time we embrace it.



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Counterfeit
October 28th 2010


17819 Comments


tacos

BigHans
October 28th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stone cold classic song here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4s0nzsU1Wg

Counterfeit
October 28th 2010


17819 Comments


But seriously, review is super awesome.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010


8387 Comments


fuckin' awesome review Hans.

BigHans
October 28th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks fellas.

DONT ASK ME HANK WHY DO YA DRINK? HANK WHY DO YOU ROLL SMOKE?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010


8387 Comments


I might actually have to download this and play it the next time I'm going to get royally drunk, if only to see the reaction of my friends when I turn on some rockin redneck tunes

BigHans
October 28th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol, this is as Redneck as it gets Styles

Counterfeit
October 28th 2010


17819 Comments


oh god redneck.
will get it.
oh god.

ConsiderPhlebas
October 28th 2010


6157 Comments


Great review, man. This sounds like something I need. Not sure if you know about it but you can make swear words show up by putting [size=2] [/size around 'em

AggravatedYeti
October 28th 2010


7685 Comments


haha great review hans.
last time I listened to some Hank Jr & Sr. was while floating around in a bottle of NC Moonshine.
it was perfect.

BigHans
October 28th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I might have to try that Jewel. Btw listen to that You Tube clip I posted, youll love it.

Yeti, thats awesome.

AggravatedYeti
October 28th 2010


7685 Comments


my best experience with country music hands down.
save hearing Cash for the first time when rly little.
but I mean, sobriety--overrated.

ConsiderPhlebas
October 28th 2010


6157 Comments


We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too
Ain’t too many things these ole boys can’t do



Fucking epic song.

BigHans
October 28th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ive never really thought of Cash as drinking music per se, I mean it works at times. Now Hank on the other hand, pick a Hank, is drankin music through and through.

BigHans
October 28th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jewel, yeah it is. It was practically a fucking anthem where I grew up.

AggravatedYeti
October 28th 2010


7685 Comments


Ive never really thought of Cash as drinking music per se,

Johnny can be a bit too self-loathing or preachy for alcoholic assistance, but it never hurts.

but totally agree, turn on Hank and throw me some bourbon. It just makes sense.

ConsiderPhlebas
October 28th 2010


6157 Comments


I've seen his name a lot but never heard the music before, as far as I know. Getting this album now, though. The kinda shit that makes me want to be american, full of character.

Inveigh
October 28th 2010


25106 Comments


fucking badass review, excellent work amigo.

I love whiskey, but bourbon's generally not my thing (I'll shoot Beam if I'm drunk though). Can I still jam this if I'm sucking back on some Bushmills?

Digging: Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary

BigHans
October 28th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw him live once and he was so unbelieveably drunk he could barely stand, let alone sing. Most people were pissed, I thought it was awesome. This is very much Southern US Jewel, like old school South.

Jethro42
October 28th 2010


12547 Comments


Nice to hear some REAL country. Genre has never been and will never be my cup of tea. Great review Big!



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