Consumers expecting 24 HIT TUNES to include 24 songs--a reasonable enough assumption--are due for a bit of a shock. Inexplicably, the disc contains only 12. 24 HIT TUNES plays out at just under 24 minutes, somewhat diminishing the appeal of the budget price at which this title usually sells.
For the duration of its brief running time, however, the disc presents one of R&B's great unsung heroes at the top of his game. Whether tearing through his self-penned "The Twist" (later a monster hit for Chubby Checker), working out on the doo-wop influenced "Until I Die," or mining previous gold ("Cute Little Ways" is an undisguised remake of Ballard's hit "Sexy Ways," while "Do You Know How to Twist?" is a clear effort to cash in on the dance craze Ballard started), Hank Ballard is the undiluted real deal. Those wanting more should consider SEXY WAYS (Rhino) or LET 'EM ROLL (Charly), both excellent introductions to one of R&B's underrated superstars.