Prism Leisure, a British budget reissue label that takes advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe to issue its own versions of the recordings of many vintage artists, probably should have waited a year or so before putting out the characteristically exaggerated title The Ultimate Collection on Gene Autry. As of 1998, when The Ultimate Collection appeared, Autry's biggest hit, 1949's "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," a Columbia Records recording, was still in copyright in Europe and thus not available to fly-by-night labels like Prism. But the company didn't make good choices even among the recordings it might have used, failing to include the earlier gold-selling hits "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" and "Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)." Many of Autry's favorites were included, among them "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," along with some Western standards such as "Deep in the Heart of Texas." But the album was far from a true "ultimate collection" of Autry's recordings, and it compared unfavorably with the many legitimate American compilations in everything except price and length.