Skeeter Davis

Blueberry Hill

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Since Davis' 1965 LP Blueberry Hill was part of RCA's Camden budget line, it's a ragtag of material from various eras rather than a proper album. In fact, it goes all the way back to her 1958 country hit "Lost to a Geisha Girl," also including country charters from 1961 ("Optimistic") and 1962 ("The Little Music Box"). It's mostly passable-to-decent country-pop in the style the singer had refined by the early 1960s. The double-tracked vocals that were something of a trademark of her early-to-mid-'60s recordings are often present here, and there's more of a pop feel than there is to many another Nashville production from the time, as well as some orchestration. It's a good approach, but it needs really good material to stand out as something special, and the songs here are often on the ordinary side. The only non-charting effort that sounds worthy of being a hit single is "Where I Ought to Be," a melancholy mid-tempo ballad with a nice unexpected descending piano hook in the verse. A low point is certainly "Give Me Death," in which Skeeter plays the part of a double murderess, pleading with the judge for the death sentence with all the urgent conviction of a wronged housewife.

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