If you are going to miss getting a Grammy, you might as well lose to the most important and famous band in history.
The rerelease and remastering of the original Beatles studio recordings won the Grammy for ‘Best Historical Album’.
The Time Life production of the Hank Williams live radio show called ‘Mother’s Best’ was also nominated. The actual nominees for the ‘Complete Mother’s Best Plus’ were: Colin Escott, Mike Jason & Jett Williams, compilation producers; and Joseph M.Palmaccio, mastering engineer. Among the other nominees was a compilation of all the studio recordings of Buddy Holly called ‘Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings and More’.
Here’s the background on ‘Mother’s Best’ I wrote when the Grammy nominations were released on December 3rd 2010.
The Complete Mother’s Best is a 15 CD Box Set, with a bonus DVD, all packaged in a simulated vintage radio format. The Box Set contains all of the 15 minute radio shows which Hank Williams recorded live to disk on acetates to be played on the air when he was on the road and couldn’t do the show live. They contain some of Hank Williams most dramatic and memorable singing performances. The Mother’s Best shows reveal a more informal relaxed radio personality which Hank fans haven’t heard before. The sound quality is better than the original MGM recordings, showcasing a richer deeper more expressive Hank Williams’ singing style. Finally, the radio programs reveal a wide range of musical interests as Hank searched through his wide knowledge of folk and gospel music to find material to fill the requirements of a daily radio show.
Time Life was chosen by the Hank Williams estate to handle the Mother’s Best programs once it achieved ownership after a lengthy legal battle. Two 3 CD highlight compilations were released in 2008 and 2009. Then this year it was decided to release the entire Mother’s Best catalogue in one big package. The Box Set at $199.00 US has received excellent reviews from major newspapers and music journals. The decision to release the entire historical record of Mother’s Best Shows has now been rewarded with a nomination by the biggest musical award show there is, The Grammy Awards.