A Country Boy Can Survive ( Box Set – D2-79443 Curb Records - BoxSet)

Family Tradition
Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound
Women I've Never Had
Outlaw Women
Old Habits
The Blues Man
Texas Women
Dixie On My Mind
All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)
A Country Boy Can Survive
Honky Tonkin'
The American Dream

If Heaven Ain't A Lot Like Dixie
Gonna Go Huntin' Tonight
Leave Them Boys Alone
Queen Of The Heart
The Conversation (w/ Waylon Jennings)
Man Of Steel
Attitude Adjustment
All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight
Major Moves
I'm For Love
This Ain't Dallas
Ain't Misbehavin'
Country State Of Mind
Mind Your Own Business

Born To Boogie
Heaven Can't Be Found
Young Country
If The South Woulda Won
My Name Is Bocephus
Early In The Morning And Late At Night
There's A Tear In My Bear (w/ Hank Williams)
All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over For Monday Night Football
Finders Are Keepers
Ain't Nobody's Business
Good Friends, Good Whiskey, Good Lovin'
Hog Wild
America Will Survive
A Country Boy Can Survive (Remix)
Red, White & Pink Slip Blues
All For The Love Of Sunshine (w/ Mike Curb Congregation)

Intro / Hank Williams, Junior / Junior (Live)
My Name Is Bocephus (Live)
Workin' For MCA (Live)
I Really Like Girls (Live)
If You Don't Like Hank Williams (Live)
Sweet Home Alabama (Live)
Spoken Intro / La Grange (Live)
Trouble In Mind / Short Haired Women (Live)
The Conversation (Live)
Man Of Steel (Live)
I'm For Love (Live)
If Heaven Ain't A Lot Like Dixie (Live)
All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) (Live)
House Of The Rising Sun (Live)
The Ride (Live)
A Country Boy Can Survive (Live)
Family Tradition / Hey, Good Lookin' (Live)

We should not never neglect a compilation of Hank Williams Junior ! First, because this musician has known how to give way in the business by building up itself an original personality and by exceeding the simple status of the son of a legend of the American music. Then, because it’s the Country music artist who was the most influenced by the Southern Rock. That set includes four discs recounting the enormous career of that unique « Country man ». All his hits are listed (« Family tradition », « All my rowdy friends (have settled down) », « A country boy can survive », « If heaven ain’t a lot like Dixie ») as well as some covers of this glorious Dad (« Kaw-Liga », « Honky tonkin’ »). We appreciate the presence of some very rock’n’roll titles (“Gonna go huntin’ tonight », « Born to boogie », « Early in the morning and late at night ») and of tunes in the influences jazz (“Ain’t misbehavin’”) and blues (“My name is Bocephus”). We can smile in front of the humour (but is this really humour?) of Hank Junior on « If the South woulda won » where he declares that he would have put the portrait of his father on the hundred-dollar notes if he had become the president of the Confederacy. But Hank knows also how to touch the heart of his public with the poignant ballad « Red, white and pink slip blues » that talks about the crisis in the USA. However we are sorry about the absence of Southern Rock covers like the « Come and go blues » of Gregg Allman (in 1979). Neither « Made in the shade » of Lynyrd Skynyrd, or « La Grange » or « Blue jean blues » of ZZ Top (versions released on the famous album of 1983, « Strong stuff », whose sleeve shows Hank together with a puma). We regret even more the omission of the magnificent « Tuesday’s gone » with a solo of Gary Rossington (in 1988) or of « Simple man » released in 1991. However, these oversights are repaired by the fourth CD which proposes a live dating 1987. Even if this show was already commercially available at that time, it enlivens judiciousely this set by testifying of the fury of Hank Williams Junior and the Bama Band on stage with covers of Lynyrd Skynyrd (« Workin’ for MCA », « Sweet home Alabama ») and ZZ Top (an orgiastic version of « La Grange »). Of course, this compilation don’t escape the inconveniences of this kind of product. But, even if the choice of certain titles compared to others can seem debatable, it has the merit to sweep more or less faithfully the repertoire of this immense star of the Country music with, in addition, an awesome concert. The novices can so discover the universe of« Bocephus », mix of different influences (Country, Rock’n’roll, Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Blues, Southern Rock, Jazz). As for us, the seasoned veterans, we shall listen again with pleasure to all these magic titles of Hank Williams Junior, old buddy with whom records accompanied our binge drinking and our youth frenzies and which keeps playing this good old music of the South. « If Heaven ain’t a lot like Dixie, I don’t wanna go!”

Olivier Aubry

NB: Compilation 4 CDs sold in the USA by Walmart.

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