by Hawkshaw Hawkins


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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: 242151


Disc 1

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

Disc 2

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

Disc 3

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

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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