Johnny Cash – Sings Hank Williams

ARTIST: Johnny Cash        220px-JCSingsHankWilliams

TITLE:  Sings Hank Williams

YEAR RELEASED: 1960

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: No original ones

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Several, thanks to recycling by Sun Records.

LINEUP: Johnny Cash, Luther Perkins, Marhsall Grant, session singers

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A Sun Records project, made up of previously released songs and others left ‘in the can’.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: By this time, Sun Records was trying their best to still make themselves a player in the Johnny Cash market, but the company only had so many cuts to work with. So, they tried their best, and released this album capitalizing on his fame.

First, only four songs were written by Hank Williams, despite the title. Second, many of these songs had been released on album already. Third, the material isn’t sequenced well.

The appearance of the brilliant “Mean Eyed Cat” and “Give My Love to Rose” pretty much saves the album from the refuse bin. There are two big hits here, but they were released on earlier, better albums.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The recordings spanned a three year period from 1955 through 1958.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Five extra cuts – and two more written by Williams in there.

GRADE: C-: It’s sloppy work by Sun.

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