Barbara Fairchild

Classic Country

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Among female hitmakers of '70s country, Barbara Fairchild may not be remembered as fondly as Dolly Parton or Tanya Tucker, but this highly enjoyable anthology shows that the quality of her music certainly is not to blame. In fact, fans of those two artists would likely appreciate Fairchild's recordings. In addition to her 1973 number one hit "Teddy Bear," Classic Country collects all of Fairchild's Top 40 chart entries, which range from straight-ahead country to a few countrified covers of pop hits. Feminists may be put off by the number of songs describing worshipful submission to men, but such concerns shouldn't diminish the enjoyment to be had from this disc.

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