Greg Sandow
February 22, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Best of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Reissues, Rock

We gave it a B+

Reduced by many historians to a footnote reference as the Band’s pre-Dylan employer, Ronnie Hawkins was, in fact, an estimable rock & roll and rockabilly singer who cut some fine records in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Whether doing justice to Leiber and Stoller (”Ruby Baby”) and Larry Williams (”Dizzy Miss Lizzy”) or dishing out his own creations, Hawkins displays unpretentious spirit and skill, with excellent, full-fire backing from a variety of lineups.

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