This double-disc, 49-track set combines Ronnie Hawkins
' four LPs for Roulette Records, originally recorded and released between 1958 and 1962, including 1958’s Ronnie Hawkins
, 1960’s polar opposites Mr. Dynamo
and The Folk Ballads of Ronnie Hawkins
, and another thematic experiment, 1962’s Ronnie Hawkins Sings the Songs of Hank Williams
. It adds up to a lot of Hawkins
, and it’s all over the map stylistically, but when he nails a song, which he does frequently, he sounds like the unsung legend he was. This is only for serious fans and collectors, though. A more condensed, single-disc version of this set would be ideal as an introduction to this passionate and endearing singer.