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The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by Tom T. HallTom T. Hall


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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

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Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602498880531
catalogNumber: 000594302
Rank: 41048


  1. Ballad of Forty Dollars
  2. Homecoming
  3. A Week in a County Jail
  4. Shoeshine Man
  5. Salute to a Switchblade
  6. The Year That Clayton Delaney Died
  7. Me and Jesus
  8. Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine
  9. Ravishing Ruby
  10. I Love
  11. That Song Is Driving Me Crazy
  12. Country Is
  13. I Care
  14. Deal
  15. I Like Beer
  16. Faster Horses (The Cowboy and the Poet)
  17. Fox on the Run
  18. Your Man Loves You, Honey
  19. What Have You Got to Lose
  20. The Old Side of Town
  21. Jesus on the Radio (Daddy on the Phone)
  22. You Show Me Your Heart (And I'll Show You Mine)
  23. Harper Valley P.T.A.
  24. P.S. I Love You

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