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Editors’ Notes

There are a great number of Hank Williams greatest-hits collections that admirably condense his extraordinary career into a highlight reel. The country music legend recorded for just six-plus years and left behind several hundred recordings. New radio performances come to light now and again, but the core of Williams' output stems from his studio recordings, which include many of the hits found here. Choosing one collection over another comes down to personal preference. Williams rarely performed material that wasn't up to his high standards, and songs such as "I Saw the Light," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Cold, Cold Heart," "I Can't Help It," and "Take These Chains from My Heart" are the true standard of country music writing and performance. This Ultimate Collection (also known as Gold) features more radio performances and lesser-known hits from the Williams catalog than 40 Greatest Hits. Hardcore fans should opt for The Complete Hank Williams, if budgets allow. But there's no argument over the greatness contained here.

Customer Reviews

The best country and western songs ever recorded

Hank Sr. was the king of country western. These are all his classic recordings. I love Hank Sr. more than anything. I got almost all his albums. Old Country rules.

Hey Good Lookin

My papa always used to sing hey good Lookin to me. So that's why I looked at this album.


This album contains all of Hanks greatest hits.If you are a fan of old time country music this is a must have!Singers/songwriters like this don't exist today.


Born: September 17, 1923 in Georgiana, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

Hank Williams is the father of contemporary country music. He was a superstar by the age of 25; he was dead at the age of 29. In those four short years, he established the rules for all the country performers who followed him and, in the process, much of popular music. Hank wrote a body of songs that became popular classics, and his direct, emotional lyrics and vocals became the standard for most popular performers. He lived a life as troubled and reckless as that depicted in his songs. Hiram King...
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