The Ultimate Collection

Following the hit compilation from the Who, the latest in Universal TV's series of Ultimate Collection sets is devoted to country-music immortal Hank Williams.

Following the hit compilation from the Who, the latest in Universal TV's series of Ultimate Collection sets is devoted to country-music immortal Hank Williams. As with the music of the Who, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Marley, Hank Williams' material has been compiled and re-compiled myriad times from LP to CD. Yet these new sets deserve the tag "ultimate" in that they are thoughtfully and generously produced, with high-class illustrations and annotations, attractive packaging, top-line remastering, and rare tracks. This collection's rarities include four broadcast performances from the out-of-print Health & Happiness Shows set, as well as some Grand Ole Opry items and other numbers only included on the Complete Hank Williams boxed set. All the other hits are here, plus great alone-with-his-guitar demo tracks and downbeat recitations credited to Luke the Drifter.—BB