Ernest Tubb & The Texas Troubadors

Good Year for the Wine

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The gospel of the Tubbites decrees that this wasn't his absolutely number-one best band -- not quite -- but the well-oiled machine that had become the Texas Troubadors was running perfectly well at this point. And when it came to putting together albums, there had usually been more than enough recent sessions, all featuring current band members often augmented by one or two guest guitarists or a session pianist. There would be plenty of good material, between all the songs that were being offered to Tubb and all the ones he had picked out himself as sounding interesting with his big ears and yen to help up-and-coming country artists. This is a vintage Tubb bottle to be sure, despite the presence of a song entitled "It's America (Love It or Leave It)" by one Jimmie Helms. The first side of the album is among the most perfect sides of country music ever recorded.

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