Tab Hunter

The Very Best of Tab Hunter

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Tab Hunter had one big hit -- "Young Love," which topped the charts for six weeks in 1958. Despite having greater success with the song than Sonny James, whose version also went to number one, Hunter's recording is heard less often because of its poor availability. Very Best of Tab Hunter is an import CD from Holland that packs 35 of Hunter's Dot and Warner recordings onto one CD, including his remaining hits and numerous obscurities from albums and singles. Hunter often made mild-mannered rock & roll renditions of country hits and old standards, which he sang with about as much competence as, say, Frankie Avalon. Although Very Best of Tab Hunter has enjoyed fairly wide distribution, it is a machine-printed silver CD-R like those produced by the elite bootleg label Vigotone, but with cheap-looking inserts that provide no information beyond the track listing. The sound quality is acceptable despite the tracks audibly having been mastered from vinyl, and the quantity of material (including mono and stereo versions of "Young Love" and "Ninety-Nine Ways") is very generous. It is unlikely that a legitimate label will cross-license these recordings for a legal anthology, so Very Best of Tab Hunter offers a dubious but adequate alternative.