In the world of oldies music collectors there is a segment that seeks out not only the hit singles but their uncharted B-sides as well. Ace of London recognizes this and has even distributed a series called Fabulous Flips to that end. They also often give both sides to a single in their big anthologies, as does Bear Family of Germany. And that is almost always true in the case of an artist or group with but a handful of national hit singles.
Such as R&B/Soul vocalist Tommy Hunt, born in Pittsburgh on June 18, 1933. The one-time member of the highly-successful vocal group The Flamingos can only point to four such charted singles as a solo act from 1961 to 1967, so including all 8 sides in a multi-track volume shouldn't be a problem. But that's what has transpired with the only three CDs currently available, as each of these leave out something significant:
Human - His Golden Classics - 1991 from Collectables containing just 12 tracks and omitting The Door Is Open - a # 92 Pop Hot 100 in January 1962, the March 1967 # 29 R&B/# 124 Hot 100 Bubble Under The Biggest Man, and al four B-sides (it does include superficial liner notes written by Kevin Tong);
The Biggest Man - Scepter & Dynamo Recordings 1961-67 - December 2004 from Kent of the U.K. which also omits The Door Is Open, as well as the B-sides I'm With You and Never Love A Robin which backed, respectively, the November 1963 # 71 I Am A Witness and the March 1967 # 29 R&B/# 124 Hot 100 Bubble Under The Biggest Man. It does have informative notes by Ady Croasdell and sessionographies from which you will see that Tommy had the participation/backing of the likes of Dionne Warwick, The Shirelles, Chuck Jackson, Cissy Houston and Dee Dee Warwick;
The Best of Tommy Hunt - May 2008 from Collectables, a 25-track volume in which they had a chance to correct oversights in their initial volume but in which they again omit I'm With You and Never Love A Robin. Having said that, however, this is the best of the three in that all four hit sides are at least included and it does include interesting line notes written by Al Fichera.
For the record, Tommy's first hit - and his best - was the gut-wrenching Human which soared to # 5 R&B in October 1961 on Scepter 1219, but inexplicably stalled at a disappointing # 48 Billboard Pop Hot 100, b/w the underrated The Parade Of Broken Hearts. Even more puzzling is the showing of the passionate The Door Is Open, which staggered to # 92 Hot 100 in January 1962 but was shut out completely on the R&B listings! That came out on Scepter 1226 b/w I'm Wondering. By the time I Am A Witness came out in late 1963, Billboard had suspended the R&B charts, a situation that would continue throughout 1964, and it did marginally better on the Hot 100, reaching # 71 in November on Scepter 1261 b/w I'm With You. His last was the March 1967 # 29 R&B/# 124 Hot 100 Bubble Under, The Biggest Man, which came out on Dynamo 101 b/w Never Love A Robin.
The sound quality on each volume is very good to excellent. As for the cover photo, it would appear that that is the only one around as it appears on all three volumes, transposed on one of them!