Jeanne Pruett

Satin Sheets: Greatest Hits

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In the beginning of Jim Bessman's liner notes for Varese's 1998 collection Satin Sheets: Greatest Hits, Jeanne Pruett remembers that producer Owen Bradley signed her to Decca on the spot, saying "This girl's got a 'housewife' sound that will sell millions of records!" Bradley's words proved to be true, as she turned out a steady string of country hits during the '70s and early '80s, highlighted by her breakthrough 1973 number one "Satin Sheets" and its successor, "I'm Your Woman." His words were also true because she did have a sound appealing to housewives -- something based in Loretta Lynn's pure country (appropriate, considering the Bradley connection), but also with a distinct pop undercurrent, creating a sound that was at once country and crossover. Most importantly, it also fit her adult themes of romance, cheating, and children, making for a good, solid body of work summarized thoroughly on this 18-track CD. All of her big hits for Decca and MCA are here, along with four sides she did for IBC at the start of the '80s (including the Top Tens "Back to Back," "Temporarily Yours," and "It's Too Late") as well as duets with Marty Robbins waxed for Audiograph (including the previously unreleased "Walking Piece of Heaven"). That housewife side of Pruett means that she sings sweetly, but not always memorably; it's a good voice, to be sure, but it's a little generic, which does suit this music, since it's also on the generic side. But that's not a bad thing necessarily -- it's good generic music because it fits the genre, and it's very enjoyable on that level. There may not be many flat-out standouts, but there are no dogs, and even if it doesn't make the case for Pruett being more than a footnote in country history, it is nevertheless an enjoyable collection, and one that fans of '70s country would do well to explore.

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