3-CD box (LP-size) with 32-page book, 66 tracks. Playing time approx. 170 mns.
Hank Locklin's early recording years (1948-55), particularly his years with the 4-Star label, have been underappreciated, even misunderstood. Critics have tended to place them in the context of his later Nashville/RCA years, and to see them in the light of his 'Nashville Sound' hits of the late Fifties. The early years were more important and distinctive than that, though. Hank Locklin was merging his unique singing style with a jukebox-friendly Texas dance hall sound. This collection gathers all of his early recordings, from his first release on Gold Star and his singles on the Paris, Texas-based Royalty label, through to his prolific stay with 4-Star and Decca. It includes the original versions of such hits as The Same Sweet Girl, Send Me The Pillow You Dream On, Pinball Millionaire and Let Me Be The One, among many others. Many of these sides have never been reissued, while others have only been reissued only with altered sound and added instrumentation. Everything here is in original sound. A lavishly illustrated 32-page book with a biographical essay and discography by Kevin Coffey is included.