The Ultimate Collection
There are a great number of Hank Williams greatest-hits collections that admirably condense his extraordinary career into a highlight reel. The country music legend recorded for just six-plus years and left behind several hundred recordings. New radio performances come to light now and again, but the core of Williams' output stems from his studio recordings, which include many of the hits found here. Choosing one collection over another comes down to personal preference. Williams rarely performed material that wasn't up to his high standards, and songs such as "I Saw the Light," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Cold, Cold Heart," "I Can't Help It," and "Take These Chains from My Heart" are the true standard of country music writing and performance. This Ultimate Collection (also known as Gold) features more radio performances and lesser-known hits from the Williams catalog than 40 Greatest Hits. Hardcore fans should opt for The Complete Hank Williams, if budgets allow. But there's no argument over the greatness contained here.