RELEASE
June 06, 2006
LABEL
Hip-O

Album Review

Hip-O's 2006 The Definitive Collection is a retitled reissue of their 2001 release Ultimate Collection. Since Tom T. Hall's recording career extends all the way from 1969 to the end of the 20th century, becoming familiar with his music can often feel like a daunting task. Thankfully, the folks at Hip-O have made things much easier for newcomers who don't want to splurge and get the double-disc Storyteller, Poet, Philosopher, even if that is the preferred place to begin. The Definitive Collection summarizes Hall's career with much efficiency, cramming a total of 24 songs onto one disc -- some of the best songs Hall ever recorded. Granted, with a canon as deep as Hall's there's going to be bickering among seasoned fans about the inclusions, but newcomers need not worry about these sort of debates -- everything here is top-notch, and that's all that really matters in the end. Obviously though, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Hall's work. That's undoubtedly why it's nice to have a simple, straightforward best-of such as this to give newcomers a succinct overview of his recording career so they know where to head next. But for those who are really curious about Hall, there's no denying that the aforementioned Storyteller, Poet, Philosopher stands as the more comprehensive and preferred best-of; prospective buyers just need to consider that it's also a larger investment on their part relative to The Definitive Collection
Jason Birchmeier, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Ballad of Forty Dollarshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ballad-of-forty-dollars/id156709833?i=156709840&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Homecominghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/homecoming/id156709833?i=156709851&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. A Week in a County Jailhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-definitive-collection/id156709833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Shoeshine Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/shoeshine-man/id156709833?i=156709889&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Salute to a Switchbladehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/salute-to-a-switchblade/id156709833?i=156709892&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. The Year That Clayton Delaney Diedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-year-that-clayton-delaney/id156709833?i=156709895&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Me and Jesushttp://itunes.apple.com/album/me-and-jesus/id156709833?i=156709898&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Winehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-dogs-children-watermelon/id156709833?i=156709906&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Ravishing Rubyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ravishing-ruby/id156709833?i=156709909&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. I Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-love/id156709833?i=156709912&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. That Song Is Driving Me Crazyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/that-song-is-driving-me-crazy/id156709833?i=156709916&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Country Ishttp://itunes.apple.com/album/country-is/id156709833?i=156709919&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. I Carehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-care/id156709833?i=156709922&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Dealhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/deal/id156709833?i=156709925&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. I Like Beerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-like-beer/id156709833?i=156709928&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Faster Horses (The Cowboy and the Poet)http://itunes.apple.com/album/faster-horses-the-cowboy-poet/id156709833?i=156709931&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Fox on the Runhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/fox-on-the-run/id156709833?i=156709934&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Your Man Loves You, Honeyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/your-man-loves-you-honey/id156709833?i=156709943&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. What Have You Got to Losehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-definitive-collection/id156709833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. The Old Side of Townhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-definitive-collection/id156709833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Jesus on the Radio (Daddy on the Phone)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-definitive-collection/id156709833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. You Show Me Your Heart (And I'll Show You Mine)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-definitive-collection/id156709833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Harper Valley P.T.A.http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-definitive-collection/id156709833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. P.S. I Love Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/p-s-i-love-you/id156709833?i=156709963&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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