Hawk

Hawk

by Hawkshaw Hawkins
     
 
This collection, featuring 63 songs, isn't a cross-section of Hawkins' history, because it's limited to his RCA and Columbia recordings, thus leaving out his pre-1953 and post-1961 hits for King Records. It is, however, a dazzling array of some of the best honky tonk-based country music this side of Hank Williams. The first thing one

Overview

This collection, featuring 63 songs, isn't a cross-section of Hawkins' history, because it's limited to his RCA and Columbia recordings, thus leaving out his pre-1953 and post-1961 hits for King Records. It is, however, a dazzling array of some of the best honky tonk-based country music this side of Hank Williams. The first thing one notices is what a stunning voice Hawkins had, and also his range as a performer -- he could do a lovesick ballad and make it seem like the words came right from his heart, but was equally engaging doing playful novelty numbers. Disc One covers his first two years at RCA, one perfect track after another, great singing backed by crisp, tight playing and note-perfect arrangements across a dazzling range of material. It runs the gamut from the sentimental to some of the brightest dance-type tunes and novelty numbers of their period, and even some not-half-bad efforts at hooking into the new rock craze. Disc Two opens with maybe the prettiest, most haunting song that Hawkins ever recorded, the previously unissued "I've Had It Before," a moody country-blues driven by Hawkins' own acoustic guitar. His re-recording of "Sunny Side of the Mountain," Hawkins' signature tune beginning in the late '40s, is also here. Disc Three is given over to Hawkins' stay at Columbia Records, which marked a major change in his repertory. The sound isn't as crisp, but the material is the real curiosity; Hawkins' arrival coincided with Marty Robbins' huge success with Western songs, and Johnny Horton's mega-hit "The Battle of New Orleans," so Columbia had him do half a dozen folk-based and historical songs and Western numbers. It took a year for Hawkins to return to his old sound, which closes out this set.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2011
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127155399
catalogNumber:
15539
Rank:
329671

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I'll Trade Yours for Mine  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  2. A Heap of Lovin'  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  3. The Mark 'round Your Finger  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  4. The Long Way  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  5. When You Say Yes  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  6. I'll Take a Chance with You  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  7. I'll Never Close My Heart to You  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  8. Why Don't You Leave This Town  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  9. Rebound  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  10. One White Rose  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  11. I Wanna Be Hugged to Death by You  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  12. Why Didn't I Hear from You  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  13. Flashing Lights  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  14. Waitin' for My Baby (Rock, Rock)  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  15. Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  16. Ling-Ting-Tong  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  17. Pedro Gonzales Tennessee Lopez  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  18. How Could Anything So Pretty (Be So Doggone Mean)  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  19. Car Hoppin' Mama  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  20. The Love You Steal  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  21. Oh How I Cried  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  22. Borrowing  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  23. If It Ain't on the Menu  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  24. I Gotta Have You  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  25. Standing at the End of Mend of the World  - Hawkshaw Hawkins

Disc 2

  1. I've Got It Again  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  2. Sunny Side of the Mountain  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  3. You Just Stood There  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  4. Dark Moon  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  5. I'll Get Even with You  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  6. Guilty of Dreaming  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  7. Are You Happy  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  8. She Was Here  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  9. Freedom  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  10. It's Easier Said Than Done  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  11. Sensation  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  12. (Is My) Ring on Your Finger  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  13. I've Got It Again  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  14. Freedom  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  15. It Would Be a Doggone Lie  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  16. My Fate Is in Your Hands  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  17. I'll Be Gone  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  18. The Best of Company  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  19. Action  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  20. You Can't Find Happiness That Way  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  21. I Don't Apologize for Loving You  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  22. With This Pen  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  23. Thank You for Thinking of Me  - Hawkshaw Hawkins

Disc 3

  1. Twenty Miles from Shore  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  2. Big Ole Heartache  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  3. Big Red Benson  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  4. Soldier's Joy  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  5. Patanio (The Pride of the Plains)  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  6. Alaska Lil and Texas Bill  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  7. Darkness on the Face of the Earth  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  8. Put a Nickel in the Jukebox  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  9. I Can't Seem to Say Goodbye  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  10. No Love for Me  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  11. You Know Me Much Too Well  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  12. My Story  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  13. The Love I Have for You  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  14. Patanio (The Pride of the Plains)  - Hawkshaw Hawkins
  15. Your Conscience  - Hawkshaw Hawkins

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hawkshaw Hawkins   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Jim Hall   Guitar
Anita Kerr   Piano
Marty Gold   Piano,Leader
Grady Martin   Fiddle,Guitar
Shorty Long   Fiddle
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bob Foster   Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
Walter Haynes   Steel Guitar
Eddie Hill   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Hugh Jarrett   Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews   Valve Horn
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Velma Smith   Guitar
Ben Speer   Choir, Chorus
Brock Speer   Choir, Chorus
Howard Watts   Bass
Jerry Byrd   Bass,Steel Guitar
Farris Coursey   Drums
William Whitney Pursell   Piano
Bob Moore   Bass
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Choir, Chorus
Bud Isaacs   Steel Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Jimmy Self   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Loren Otis Shook   Rhythm Guitar
Marvin H. Hughes   Piano
Chernet   Guitar
Ray Couture   Guitar
Carl Garvin   Guitar
Claude J. Phelps   Electric Guitar
Bennett K. Schaeufele   Guitar
Leon Richardson   Electric Guitar
Donald Slayman   Fiddle
"Papa" John Gordy   Piano
Rita Robbins   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Douglas Kirkham   Contributor
Don Law   Producer
Steve Sholes   Producer
Joe Zinkan   Contributor
Otto Kitsinger   Liner Notes
Hoffmann Nienburg   Artwork
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Illustrations

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