The Final Tour

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The Final Tour
Two photographs of Hawkins: one with him seated on a milk crate, playing guitar and singing; the other, a close-up
Live album by Ted Hawkins
Released January 13, 1998 (1998-01-13)
Recorded 1994, live on tour
Genre Soul blues
Length 67:00
Language English
Label Evidence
Producer Jerry Gordon
Compiler Jerry Gordon
Ted Hawkins chronology
Love You Most of All – More Songs from Venice Beach
(1998)Love You Most of All – More Songs from Venice Beach1998
The Final Tour
The Ted Hawkins Story: Suffer No More
(1998)The Ted Hawkins Story: Suffer No More1998

The Final Tour is a 1998 live album from American soul blues singer Ted Hawkins released posthumously through Evidence Music on January 1, 1998. The recordings capture Hawkins on his last concert tour in 1994, weeks before his death. The album received mixed and positive reviews.


The first 16 tracks formed a set at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California on November 5, 1994. The next three songs formed a suite about Hawkins' life growing up in Mississippi, recorded on October 8, 1994, at The Pres House at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Finally, "A Thing Called Love" was performed at Goochi's, in Wenatchee, Washington.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[2]

Alex Henderson of AllMusic gave the album 4.5 out of five stars, saying that it "shows how great Hawkins was sounding during the last months of his life" and summing it up as magnificent. Rock critic Robert Christgau gave the album a more muted review, giving it an honorable mention.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ted Hawkins unless otherwise stated

  1. Intro – 0:24 (a spoken-word introduction by Hawkins)
  2. "There Stands the Glass" (Russ Hull, Webb Pierce, Mary Jean Shurtz) – 2:49
  3. "Watch Your Step" – 2:44
  4. "Strange Conversation" – 5:16
  5. "Sorry You're Sick" – 2:18
  6. "Bring It on Home Daddy" – 3:16
  7. "Big Things" – 3:02
  8. "Revenge of Scorpio" – 2:56
  9. "Groovy Little Things" – 3:41
  10. "Ladder of Success" – 3:13
  11. "Part Time Love" (Clay Hammond) – 5:24
  12. "I Got What I Wanted" (Brook Benton, Margie Singleton) – 3:07
  13. "Bad Dog"" – 2:24
  14. "The Good and the Bad" – 4:56
  15. "All I Have to Offer You Is Me" (Dallas Frazier, A.L. Owens) – 4:23
  16. "Long as I Can See the Light" (John Fogerty) – 2:44
  17. "Biloxi" (Jesse Winchester) – 4:17
  18. "The Lost Ones" – 3:16
  19. "Missin' Mississippi" (Byron Gallimore, Alan Mevis, William Shore) – 3:57
  20. "A Thing Called Love" (Jerry Reed) – 2:53