The magic of his voice itself beats out any price, but this 20-track collection of Hank's most important work is practically a steal!
Hank 101. Country 101. After 27 years in print as 24 Greatest Hits
, Mercury kindly reduced it to 20 Greatest Hits
. It's still excellent value, and it's still sobering to realize that Hank recorded just 66 songs during his lifetime, almost all of them essential. Here are those that serve as a working definition of country music, and as an admonition to artists who try to get too wordy or try to lose themselves in minor keys. "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Honky-Tonk Blues," "Cold, Cold Heart," "Lovesick Blues," "You Win Again," "I Can't Help It," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and the rest. Fifty years later, they still have the power to move, and the power to shape modern country music. --Colin Escott